The Charlotte Bobcats can't seem to catch a break.
Not only are they recovering from a 15 game losing streak, they lost big man Byron Mullens when he got his feet tangled with other players' and went down hard. An X-ray was negative for a fracture, but Mullens appears to have a severe ankle sprain. He was carried off the court by teammates, in great pain, and was not available for comment after the game. Mullens returned to the locker room on crutches, his ankle very heavily wrapped.
Mullens has started 25 of the Bobcats' 26 games this season. He is the team's leading rebounder at 7.6 per game and is fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game.
The Bobcats are already missing starting shooting guard Gerald Henderson with a shin contusion and reserve scorer Ben Gordon with a sore knee.
The Bobcats haven't projected how long Mullens will be out, but you can bet it he won't be returning any time soon. He can't put any weight on the joint. Possible replacements include Bismack Biyombo, Brendan Haywood, Jeff Adrien, and Hakim Warrick.
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