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Cavaliers Phills, Brandon Hurt

March 1, 1996

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Cleveland guards Bobby Phills and Terrell Brandon were injured in separate incidents and left the game late in the first half Thursday night.

Brandon, the Cavaliers’ leading scorer with a 19.5 average, sustained a bruised tailbone while going for a rebound in the first period.

Phills, averaging 15.4 points, sprained his lower left leg when he banged into Milwaukee Bucks forward Randolph Keys with just under two minutes left in the period. He was carried to the locker room by teammates Antonio Lang and Donny Marshall, and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were negative.

Less than a minute later, Brandon went down while going for a rebound at the other end of the floor. He stayed down for about five minutes before walking to the bench with 1:09 left in the first period.

Brandon returned with 6:04 left in the second period but less than two minutes later, he called timeout, handed a referee the basketball and gingerly walked off the court and into the locker room.

The Cavaliers didn’t say how long either player was expected to be out of action.

Bob Sura replaced Phills and John Crotty replaced Brandon.

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