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Adelaide star out of NBL grand final series

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Adelaide’s quest for the NBL title has taken a massive hit with star Josh Childress ruled out of the series against Melbourne with a fractured shoulder.

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The US import was initially cleared of any structural damage following after a collision with United’s David Barlow midway through the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ victory on Sunday.

With the series one-all, he was expected to only miss Friday night’s match in Melbourne.

However he has been ruled out for the series after a CT scan revealed an unusual pattern scapula fracture.

He won’t require surgery.

It’s a huge blow, with the 34-year-old forward Adelaide’s second most important player behind MVP Mitch Creek.

Childress arrived in Australia in October as injury-replacement for Alan Wiggins and has proved a match-winner, steering Adelaide into the grand final with his semi-final heroics against Perth.

Meanwhile, 36ers coach Joey Wright has been fined $5000 after comments he made after game one of playoffs against the Wildcats.

The NBL issued a statement today, saying comments Wright made about the league in the post-game media conference were “inappropriate and warranted a sanction”. 

Adelaide have accepted the penalty.

-AAP

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