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Lakers' George, Brown hurt

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Add Devean George to the growing list of injured Los Angeles Lakers.

George, a top reserve averaging 6.5 points, is expected to be out for at least a week because of a sore left foot. He scored four points in 13 minutes against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, when the Lakers lost for the fifth time in six games.

Starting forward Kwame Brown strained his right hamstring Friday night and isn't expected to return until early December. Reserve forward Slava Medvedenko is out for at least another month because of a herniated disc, and Luke Walton, another backup forward, hasn't played this season due to hamstring and hip injuries.

Walton hopes to play Thursday night when the Lakers return to action against the Seattle SuperSonics or Sunday night against New Jersey.

SURA OUT INDEFINITELY: Houston Rockets guard Bob Sura, already on the inactive list while rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery, had surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured disc in his back.

The back surgery was performed in Miami by Dr. Barth Green, Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said.

The team didn't have a timetable for Sura's return.

PIETRUS MAY MISS 4 WEEKS: Golden State Warriors swingman Mickael Pietrus is expected to miss up to four weeks with a sprained ligament in his right knee.

Pietrus was injured late in the first half of a 100-97 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday and left the arena on crutches, saying he expected to be sidelined 2-to-6 weeks.

He was examined Tuesday by team orthopedist John Belzer and underwent an MRI exam that revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Pietrus is averaging 10.5 points and 2.8 rebounds playing just more than 22 minutes per game.