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YOU BE THE JUDGE: Matt Geiger's decision to sit out Game 1 of the Charlotte-Atlanta series because of a strained hamstring is raising some concerns.

Geiger said the injury hurt too much to play, but the rumor is he was reluctant to press the injury because he and his agent, David Falk, don't want to jeopardize his marketability when he becomes a free agent after the season.

Geiger isn't talking about it.

"I didn't say I was mad at him (for not playing). I said I was disappointed," Hornets coach Dave Cowens said. "Everybody's got to live with themselves and their own bodies and their own pain threshold. I'm not questioning him. I just wish he could play."

_ Information from other news organizations was used in this report.

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