ORLANDO, Fla. — The reeling Orlando Magic were hit with more bad news Friday when reserve guard Keyon Dooling was suspended for five games by the NBA for fighting with Seattle's Ray Allen.
The incident, which happened early in the second quarter of the Magic's loss to Seattle Wednesday night, spilled over into the seats lining the court, resulting in the suspension being stiffer than the Magic originally had hoped.
And Dooling didn't help matters by racing down the Key Arena hallway in hopes of getting at Allen once again. Dooling was stopped by police officers and Magic personnel before reaching Seattle's star. The NBA league office said that Dooling's fine was for "fighting and attempting to confront Allen."
Allen received a three-game suspension.
Dooling's suspension comes at a time when the Magic are already severely shorthanded. Grant Hill missed his fourth consecutive game Friday night with lingering pain in his surgically repaired abdomen. And point guard Steve Francis was suspended indefinitely for refusing to re-enter Wednesday night's game late in the fourth quarter. Francis and Dooling won't be with the team for Sunday's game in Sacramento, and Hill is contemplating leaving to get a second opinion on his abdomen.
TURIAF SET TO JOIN LAKERS: Ronny Turiaf is set to join the Los Angeles Lakers less than six months after undergoing open-heart surgery.
Turiaf's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said by telephone Friday from Paris that he expected the Lakers to sign the 23-year-old power forward early next week.
"The final decision is up to Dr. Buss, but everything is in order for Ronny to join the Lakers," Ndiaye said, referring to Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
Lakers spokesman John Black declined comment.
Turiaf, a three-year starter at Gonzaga, was a second-round draft pick of the Lakers last June after averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds as a senior last season. An enlarged aortic root was discovered by the Lakers in a physical exam four weeks after the draft, and Turiaf underwent surgery July 26 to repair the aortic root and preserve his aortic valve.
The contract Turiaf had signed with the Lakers was voided, but the team paid for the surgery.
The Lakers will have to waive a player to make room on their 15-man roster for Turiaf. Forward Slava Medvedenko and guard Laron Profit are two possibilities, since both underwent surgery recently and neither is expected to play again this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.