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O’Neal Misses Practice With Calf Injury

November 22, 2003

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) _ Shaquille O’Neal missed practice Saturday because of a strained right calf and might have to sit out the Los Angeles Lakers’ next game.

Team spokeswoman Alison Bogli said O’Neal arrived before practice Saturday to receive treatment and is listed as day-to-day. She said a decision on whether or not O’Neal plays Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies will probably be made at game-time.

O’Neal had 15 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes before leaving Friday night’s 101-94 victory over Chicago in the third quarter because of the injury.

Karl Malone, hampered by a sore left hamstring, practiced and received treatment Saturday and is expected to play against the Grizzlies, who beat the visiting Lakers 105-95 earlier this month.

Bogli said it’s possible Slava Medvedenko will be activated from the injured list before the game against Memphis. Medvedenko hasn’t played this season because of a bruised left heel.

Bogli also said that Rick Fox, who had surgery on his right heel last spring, went through a 4-on-4 drill Saturday _ his first full practice this fall. Fox doesn’t expect to play for at least another month.

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