Thursday , Feb , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mavericks’ Mbenga tears ACL, out for season

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks learned on Thursday that
center D.J. Mbenga suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the team’s
113-97 win over Memphis on Wednesday.

When Mbenga left in the fourth quarter of the Mavs’ win against the Grizzlies,
it was believed that he suffered a right knee strain. However, an MRI taken on
Thursday revealed the severity of the injury.

The 7-foot center, who averaged just 0.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 21 games
for Dallas this season, will undergo surgery in the next two weeks and miss
the rest of the season.