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Health problems continue for Wagner; Jackson out indefinitely



Published: Tue, January 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers guard Dajuan Wagner is in the hospital after missing the last two games with intestinal flu.

Wagner was treated Monday at the Cleveland Clinic for dehydration and gastroenteritis, the latest in a series of medical problems for the guard since he joined Cleveland.

He missed 35 games as rookie during the 2002-03 season, including his first 14 because of surgery for a bladder infection.

Last season, Wagner had an inflamed liver and pancreas that delayed knee surgery. He played in just 44 games.

"Every year it's always something and he can never be healthy enough to get into any kind of rotation," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said Monday.

Wagner has appeared in only 11 games this season, averaging four points and shooting just 33 percent from the field. He was listed as doubtful for tonight's game against Charlotte.

Bad-back Jackson

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers could lose rookie guard Luke Jackson for the season if he needs surgery for a back problem diagnosed as a herniated disc. Jackson, the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, has been on the injured list with back spasms.

He has played just 43 minutes this season. The Cavaliers declined to make him available for interviews after practice Monday.

Silas said it will be up to Jackson whether he has surgery.

"He'll make the call and I can't really say at this point," Silas said. "If it is, I hope it corrects it and he can become the Luke of old with his athleticism -- running the floor, just playing all out. ... I haven't seen that so far. This is the reason."

Jackson shot 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range as a four-year starter at Oregon.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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