Matt Barnes Sprains Left Ankle; Out At Least A Week

Dec. 13, 2001

UCLA senior starting forward Matt Barnes reaggravated his left ankle during practice on Thursday and will miss at least a week, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Thursday night.

Early in UCLA's practice on Thursday, during a drill, Barnes stepped on senior center Dan Gadzuric's foot and injured his left ankle (it's the same ankle that caused Barnes some discomfort earlier this season). He then went to the UCLA Medical Center for x-rays, which were negative. The diagnosis is a sprained left ankle and Barnes will be out at least seven days.

Barnes, a 6-7, 235-pounder from Citrus Heights, has started all (six) of UCLA's games this season and is averaging 24.3 minutes, 9.5 points (No. 4 on the team), 6.7 rebounds (No. 1), 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals. He's shooting 43.9 (18-41) from the field, 37.5 (3-8) from three-point range and 75.0 (18-24) from the foul line.

Lavin said he would probably wait until Saturday to determine the change in UCLA's starting lineup. The Bruins, rated No. 17 this week by AP, will host UC Irvine on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA's Pacific-10 openers are next week at the Washington schools (Thursday, Dec. 20, at Washington, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Washington State, noon).

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