Charlotte Bobcats power forward Byron Mullens has a sore right knee that caused coach Mike Dunlap to sit him for all but the first three minutes of Monday's 122-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Mullens said post-game he does not consider the injury a long-term concern. However it limited his mobility, which caused Dunlap to shut him down quickly in Monday's game.
"It was sort of buckling. I could tell in warm-ups," Mullens said. "I couldn't get a good warm-up in because it felt weak. It led over to the game and I couldn't move that well, couldn't cut off of it.
"Coach made a decision to take me out. I never asked to come out."
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In Mullens' absence, Jeff Adrien started the second half and Josh McRoberts got 23 minutes. McRoberts finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
"I do think it was the smart thing to do - come out, rest it," said Mullens, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. "At this point in the season, rest it another day. I'll get some stim (electric stimulation) and ice, and I'll be fine."