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PACERS: Forward Ike Diogu tore his left calf muscle during practice and the team expects he'll be out four to six weeks.

Diogu, who started the season-opener for injured Jermaine O'Neal , averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in the Pacers' first three wins. He hurt his calf during practice Tuesday.

"It happens. Injuries are part of the game," Diogu said. "It was like somebody threw a rock at the back of my leg, so I knew it was going to be something pretty serious."

The 6-foot-8 Diogu came to the Pacers in a trade with Golden State last season.

ALL-STAR GAME: The Phoenix Suns will play host to the 2009 NBA All-Star game, the third time the city has held the basketball showcase. Commissioner David Stern will make the announcement today at US Airways Center, where the game will be played.

WIZARDS : Gilbert Arenas' surgically repaired knee was drained for the second time in three weeks Wednesday, forcing him to miss practice for a third consecutive day. Still, Washington coach Eddie Jordan expects Arenas to play against New Jersey tonight.



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