Nuggets forward's status for playoffs uncertain

Denver Nuggets: Forward Eduardo Najera broke a bone
in his right hand late in Monday night's loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The Nuggets said his status for the first-round playoff series
against San Antonio would be determined later in the week.

Najera has averaged 5.2 points in 25 games with Denver since
being acquired in a trade with Golden State.

Indiana Pacers: The NBA suspended Indiana guard Anthony Johnson one game without pay for throwing a punch at Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning, the league announced Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter of the Pacers' 84-80 loss at Miami on Sunday. Mourning came down hard on Johnson while following through on a blocked shot, and Johnson appeared to shove Mourning. The players quickly were separated and both were given technical fouls.

Johnson had seen increased minutes of late since guard Jamaal Tinsley has been sidelined with a sore left foot.

The Pacers fell to the Magic 92-88 on Monday night, Indy's third loss in a row.

At 43-38, the Pacers are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and appear likely to face the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers: Forward Caron Butler
returned to Southern California after his 1-year-old
daughter, Mia, had an asthma attack and he missed the game against
the Warriors.

Team spokesman John Black said Butler wanted to be with his
family and the Lakers encouraged him to leave.

Lakers center Vlade Divac was also unavailable after being
suspended for the final two games of the season. He floored Dallas
Mavericks center Shawn Bradley with an elbow to the jaw early in
the fourth quarter of Sunday's 114-112 loss.

The 37-year-old Divac will miss Los Angeles' game Monday night at Golden
State and Wednesday at Portland.

Odom to have surgery: Forward Lamar Odom will undergo surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, the team announced.

The arthroscopic procedure will inspect and repair a torn labrumand Odom is expected to be out approximately four months.

Odom, the team's leading rebounder (10.2) and third-leading scorer (15.2) who currently ranks 11th in the NBA with 33 double-doubles, suffered the injury on March 18 during the Lakers game against the Pacers in Indiana.

Toronto Raptors: Wayne Embry has a new job with the team -- senior basketball adviser to team president Richard Peddie.

Embry joined the Raptors in June 2004 as senior adviser to general manager Rob Babcock.

"While Wayne will not have direct authority over basketball
operations, enhancing his role will allow us to better capitalize
on his expertise and experience both on the basketball court, in
the community and with our fan base," Peddie said Monday.

Toronto has lost six of its last eight games and will miss the
playoffs for the third straight season.

Embry, a Hall of Fame player, became the NBA's first black
general manager in 1972. He worked in that job with the Bucks for eight seasons. From 1985-92, he was general manager of
the Cavaliers before being promoted.

Denver Nuggets: The team activated shooting guard Voshon Lenard after he missed virtually the entire regular season with a torn Achilles tendon.

The team also put defensive star Marcus Camby on the injured
list, though he will be eligible for the playoffs that begin this

Lenard missed 79 games after injuring his left leg in the
opening game of the season on Nov. 2. He averaged 14.2 points per
game last season and led the team with 106 3-pointers.

Camby suffered a strained right hamstring against Memphis on
Friday and did not play against Houston the following night.

Milwaukee Bucks: With two games left in the season, the
team placed forward Joe Smith on the injured list
with a left pinky laceration and activated center Daniel

Smith sustained the injury in the Bucks' 93-75 win against
Charlotte on April 8. He missed the next two games with the
injury, but returned to action for three games before being
placed on the injured list.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, Smith, 29 finished the
season with averages of 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds while
shooting 51 percent in 74 games.

Santiago, 28 has missed the last 23 games with a right eye
abrasion and 45 games in all with the eye injury. In 10 games
this season, he averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds.
The Bucks (30-50) play at Philadelphia on Monday before closing
the season at home against Toronto on Tuesday.

Chicago Bulls: Eddy Curry went on the injured list, and the team signed veteran forward Lawrence
Funderburke to take his roster spot.

Curry has been out since March 30 with an irregular heartbeat,
but he didn't go on the injured list because the Bulls weren't sure
when he'd return. On Thursday, though, the team announced the
center would miss the rest of the season and the playoffs while he
undergoes another six weeks of tests.

Curry was the Bulls' leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, and
also averaged 5.4 rebounds.

Funderburke has played six seasons, all with the Sacramento
Kings, averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in almost 15 minutes a
game. He didn't play this season because of an injured left heel,
and was waived by the Kings on Feb. 23.

Funderburke, who also played two seasons in Greece, will be in
uniform for Chicago's game Tuesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The team activated forward Ndudi Ebi and placed guard Troy Hudson on the injured list with a sore right groin.

Ebi was the Timberwolves' first-round draft pick -- 26th overall
-- in 2003 but has played little in his first two seasons with the
team. He came to the NBA straight out of Westbury Christian High
School in Houston and has spent most of his two years with the Wolves on the injured list with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

Ebi has not appeared in a game this season and played sparingly
in 17 games last year.

The Timberwolves wrap up the season with a game at New Orleans
on Monday and at home against San Antonio on Wednesday.