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NBA roundup: Lakers lose 3 big men, Rondo suspended one game

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The Los Angeles Lakers were in a world of hurt Monday after three of their four big men suffered injuries in Sunday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Center Dwight Howard, forward/center Pau Gasol and center Jordan Hill all were examined by team doctors Monday. Howard re-injured the same shoulder (right) that he originally hurt Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. An examination and MRI showed that Howard has a torn labrum, knocking the All-Star out indefinitely.

Gasol, who sustained a blow to the face in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game, suffered a concussion and is also out indefinitely.

Hill suffered an injury to his right hip. Results of an examination were pending.

The Lakers also announced that they waived guard Darius Johnson-Odom. The 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Johnson-Odom was acquired by the Lakers from the Dallas Mavericks on draft night. He appeared briefly in four games with Los Angeles but scored no points.

--The NBA announced that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended one game for making contact with a game official and failing to cooperate with a league investigation.

The incident occurred with 3:19 left in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, which the Celtics won 89-81. Rondo missed Monday night's game at the New York Knicks. He is averaging 13.2 points and 11.3 assists per game.

--The Indiana Pacers announced head coach Frank Vogel signed a contract extension, but they did not announce the terms or length of the new deal.

Vogel is in his third season as the Pacers' head coach. Entering Tuesday's home game with Miami, he had a 62-38 record on the job.

"This is a good deal for Frank and the franchise," Pacers president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh said. "Frank has done a great job turning our team around since he became coach and deserves the chance to continue the work he and his staff have started."

--The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that forward Luke Walton was excused from the team to address a personal matter.

Walton, who is averaging 2.4 points per game this season, missed Monday night's game at the Chicago Bulls. The team did not provide further details.

The Cavs also announced that they recalled forward Jon Leuer from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

--The Washington Wizards announced that they waived guard Shelvin Mack.

Mack played seven games, making two starts, and he averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 20.1 minutes per contest. He was a second-round pick of the Wizards in 2011.
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