Originally created 03/31/04

Allen out with knee sprain; Odom expected back



MIAMI -- Miami Heat forward Malik Allen missed practice with a sprained left knee Tuesday, a day after being taken off the court on a stretcher.

Tests didn't show a break, but Allen did not leave with the Heat on a three-game road trip that begins at Atlanta on Wednesday.

Allen was hurt in the second quarter of Monday's 105-96 win over the Chicago Bulls. After colliding while jockeying for position, two Bulls, Eddy Curry and Marcus Fizer, fell on Allen's knee.

The prognosis was better for Lamar Odom, who sat out Monday's game with a bruised right knee. Odom, the Heat's second leading scorer, returned to practice Tuesday and is expected to play against the Hawks.

Reserve Wang Zhi-Zhi also will miss the start of the road trip after traveling to California to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's first child. It is not known when he will return.