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Hand injury forces Randolph out for final 10 games

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach
Randolph had surgery on his right hand Friday and will miss the
final 10 games of the season.

Randolph, the Trail Blazers' top scorer and rebounder, hurt his
hand during a 94-93 loss at Minnesota last Sunday. The injury was
not apparent in Thursday night's 96-92 home loss to Memphis, when
Randolph scored a career-high 43 points and tied a season high with
17 rebounds while playing with his hand taped.

The surgery Friday removed bone fragments and repaired
ligaments. Randolph will be in a cast for about five weeks, the
team announced.

Randolph averaged 23.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in 68 games this season. He had three games with 40 or more points.

The Blazers host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.