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Pelicans C Stiemsma to miss 6-8 weeks

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Pelicans C Stiemsma to miss 6-8 weeks

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New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma sits on the floor after being injured during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans say reserve center Greg Stiemsma has a left knee injury that will sideline him for six to eight weeks.

The club, which announced the injury on Friday, says an MRI showed a grade-2 sprain of Stiemsma's medial collateral ligament.

The injury occurred during the second quarter of Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 6-foot-11 Stiemsma has played in eight games this season, averaging 2 points, 4.6 rebounds and a block in about 15 minutes per game.

New Orleans hosts the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

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