NBA: Kings lose center Cauley-Stein for four to six weeks

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SAN FRANCISCO – Sacramento Kings rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein will miss the next four to six weeks of the NBA season after suffering an open dislocation of his right index finger, the team announced Friday.

Cauley-Stein, selected with the sixth overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft, was injured during Thursday’s 114-97 loss to the Boston Celtics in Mexico City.

The 22-year-old US 7-footer (2.13m) is averaging 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the Kings after a stellar career at the University of Kentucky.

His best game was in his second game of the season, producing 17 points and nine rebounds in a start against the Los Angeles Lakers.

At 7-13, the Kings are level with Denver for the third-worst mark in the Western Conference.

Cauley-Stein would miss 12 games and return January 2 against Phoenix under the best of timetables. He could miss another seven games and return around January 16 against the Los Angeles Clippers at the most pessimistic end of the timetable scale. (AFP)

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