The rook got a taste of the rigors of NBA life last night. Namely, his teammate Zach Randolph’s rock-like head: “Rookie center Hasheem Thabeet suffered a ridgeline fracture in his mandible — a bone in his lower jaw — when he appeared to collide with Zach Randolph’s head going for a rebound late in the first quarter. Play was stopped with 57.4 seconds remaining as Thabeet rolled around near the basket in obvious pain. He will not make the trip to Houston for the team’s game against the Rockets tonight, but his status will be day-to-day after that.”
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