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NBA roundup: Bargnani out; Granger hobbling; Love healing

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Two players whose seasons have been hampered by injuries received bad news Wednesday while another got a thumbs up.

Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a sprained elbow, the team announced.

Meanwhile, Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss at least three more games because of a left knee injury that has plagued him all season.

Bargnani re-injured his right elbow last week and did not travel with the team to Boston for Wednesday night's game against Celtics.

The 27-year-old tore the elbow ligament and injured his right wrist in early December. He sat out 26 games and then returned for 14 games before re-injuring the elbow in the first quarter of Friday night's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

When Bargnani has been on the floor this season, he has struggled. He's averaging 12.7 points per game, below his career average of 15.2 points, and shooting 40 percent from the floor and 31 percent on 3-pointers.

Granger returned briefly late last month and played for the first time this season. He appeared in parts of five games before soreness forced him to the sideline again. His last action came March 3 in the first half of a game against the Chicago Bulls.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Wednesday that Granger would have the knee re-evaluated later in the week.

In Minnesota, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love had his surgically repaired right hand examined and was given the green light to increase his conditioning program.

But the two-time All-Star was not cleared to begin full-contact drills, according to the Pioneer Press. Love will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.

Dr. Michelle Carlson, performed the surgery on Love's hand Jan. 15 in New York. Carlson said Love's hand, which he originally injured doing knuckle push-ups in October and then refractured in a Jan. 3 game in Denver, is healing properly.

Love has played in 18 games this season.

--The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned forward Kevin Jones to Canton of the NBA Development League.

In nine games with the Charge, Jones is averaging 22.4 points and 12.1 rebounds. Jones also has played in 19 games for the Cavs this season as a rookie and is averaging 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds.

The 6-foot-8 Jones was available for Wednesday night's game against Bakersfield in Canton.
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