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UCLA basketball: Bruins expect to have Joshua Smith but not Reeves Nelson on Tuesday

November 8, 2010 |  2:26 pm

There was mixed injury news for UCLA on Monday.

Freshman center Joshua Smith (sprained right thumb) is expected to play in the Bruins' final exhibition game Tuesday against Cal State Los Angeles, but sophomore forward Reeves Nelson (strained right hip flexor) is expected to be sidelined.

Smith, who injured the thumb in UCLA's exhibition game against Westmont on Thursday, will wear a splint, with his thumb wrapped tightly.

"We need to get him some experience before we open up Friday" against Cal State Northridge, Bruins Coach Ben Howland said. Smith had nine points and four rebounds in only eight minutes.

Nelson said he did not feel his injury until he woke up the morning after the Westmont game. He had game highs in points (20) and rebounds (10).

Nelson said he hoped to be able to return for the opener against Northridge.

-- Ben Bolch