The injuries keep mounting for Chicago, which learned it will be without center Michael Ruffin for at least three weeks with a broken left hand. He broke it during Wednesday night's 85-67 loss to the 76ers but it wasn't discovered until Thursday morning. Ruffin missed 18 games earlier this season because of a broken bone in his right hand, also sustained against the 76ers.
GRIZZLIES: Louisville and Kentucky officials have a plan to finance construction of a $200-million downtown arena. Whether the Vancouver team makes it its new home remains to be seen.
Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley met with leaders in Louisville on Wednesday and Thursday to hear their pitch for luring his struggling franchise. The Chicago businessman expects to lose more than $40-million this season and Louisville is one of four cities he's considering for relocation. Memphis, Tenn.; Anaheim, Calif. and New Orleans are the others. Heisley also was in Memphis on Thursday.
ROCKETS: Hakeem Olajuwon was placed on the injured list because of a blood clot in his lower left leg that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. To replace him, Houston activated Matt Bullard, who had been on the injured list since Feb. 28 with a stress fracture in his back.
Olajuwon said his health would determine whether he returns next season.
"My position from the beginning of the season was to play out this year and look at all the options and make a decision," he said. "What's important is how realistic is my health. Can this be corrected? To the doctor, this is nothing new, other people have this symptom and can be corrected."