Heat's Kapono suffers ankle injury, out at least 10 days

Mar 6, 2007 - 10:52 PM MIAMI (Ticker) -- Miami Heat sharpshooting forward Jason Kapono is out a minimum of 10 days with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise, the team announced Tuesday.

The injury is another setback for the defending champion Heat, who already are without superstar guard Dwyane Wade and have seen starters Shaquille O'Neal and Jason Williams sidelined for extended stretches this season.

Kapono, who won the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend, suffered the injury late in the third quarter of Monday's 88-81 victory over Atlanta. He landed awkwardly on teammate James Posey while attempting to challenge a shot by Atlanta's Joe Johnson.

The 6-8 Kapono was taken to the locker room and did not return. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but an MRI on Tuesday revealed a high ankle sprain and bone contusion.

Kapono will have a cast placed on the ankle Wednesday and will be re-evaluated after the 10-day period.

Kapono, 26, is third on the Heat in scoring at 11.1 points per game. He is shooting 51.3 percent from 3-point range, best in the NBA.

Monday's win moved Miami (30-29) above .500 for the first time since it was 3-2 on November 10. The Heat are sixth in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games behind Toronto and a half-game in front of Indiana.

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