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As reported at Oregonian Sports, Hickson had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee on Tuesday. The injury occurred early in the fourth quarter of Friday's blowout loss to the Mavericks, when he went down along the baseline. Hickson was having a very solid season, averaging 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. General manager Tim Connelly is confident that Hickson will rehab strong and return as soon as possible.
"We know he will attack his rehab with the same energy and hard work that he displays on the court every night."Hickson is in his sixth NBA season out of North Carolina State. The veteran has played for the Cavaliers, Trail Blazers, Kings and Nuggets. He averaged a career high 13.8 points per game in 2010-2011 and a career high 10.4 rebounds per game last season with the Trail Blazers. Hickson has career averages of 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 426 games.