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Cavs’ Miller Goes Home For Tests

December 12, 2001

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cavaliers guard Andre Miller returned from the team’s road trip to have further tests on his right shoulder, which he separated during a victory in Houston.

The team said Miller would undergo exams at the Cleveland Clinic. It was unclear if he would rejoin the team in Dallas for Thursday night’s game against the Mavericks.

Miller, the NBA’s assist leader this season, separated his shoulder Tuesday when he rammed into Rockets forward Kenny Thomas with 5:30 left.

Miller remained on the floor in pain for several minutes. He was helped to the bench, where his shoulder was popped into place.

Miller, averaging 10.6 assists and 16.8 points per game, had 11 points and seven assists against the Rockets before he got hurt. His replacement, Bimbo Coles, led the Cavs to a 107-102 win over the Rockets, who have dropped 11 straight.

Miller scored a career-high 34 points in a win last Saturday against Denver.

Miller’s injury comes just as the Cavs were getting healthy and starting to play well. They have won seven of their last nine.

Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been back for only four games following foot surgery.

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