Cavs' Miller Out With Shoulder Injury

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers guard Andre Miller has a separated shoulder and was to miss a game for the first time in his three NBA seasons when Cleveland played Dallas on Thursday night.

The NBA's assists leader, who had played in 185 straight games, hurt his right shoulder during a victory at Houston on Tuesday.

Miller was sent back from the Cavs' road trip to undergo further tests at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was injured with 5½ minutes left Tuesday, when he banged into Houston forward Kenny Thomas while chasing a long rebound.

Miller had to be helped to the bench and his shoulder was popped back into the joint.

The Cavs don't have much depth at point guard. Bimbo Coles, who led Cleveland to its win over Houston when Miller went out, is the club's only other true point guard.

Coles, whose minutes are normally limited because of a sore left knee, will start, and shooting guard Trajan Langdon will back him up at the point.

Cleveland has won seven of its last 10 games and was just starting to play well with center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' recent return from foot surgery.

Miller is averaging 16.8 points and 10.6 assists. He was the Eastern Conference's player of the week last week.

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