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Webber out for rest of playoffs


Credit: ESPN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber is expected to miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of torn cartilage in his left knee, the Sacramento Kings announced Friday.

Webber, who was dogged by injuries throughout the season, was hurt during the third quarter Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks on a non-contact play.

An MRI exam revealed a torn meniscus which will require arthroscopic surgery. The Kings said Webber's rehabilitation period would be four-to-six weeks.

The news was a devastating blow to the Kings, who are tied 1-1 with the Mavericks in their Western Conference semifinal series. Webber led Sacramento in scoring, rebounding and assists during the regular season.

Earlier Friday, Bobby Jackson was cleared to play despite a fractured cheekbone.

Jackson, named the NBA's top sixth man last week, broke his right cheekbone in a collision with Dallas' Raef LaFrentz in the Kings' loss in Game 2.

Jackson, the Kings' fourth-leading scorer during the regular season, had X-rays that confirmed the fracture, but team doctors will allow him to play in Game 3 Saturday -- likely without a protective mask.

"He's OK,'' Kings point guard Mike Bibby said. "His face is just saggy on one side.''

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