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Auburn loses Tahj Shamsid-Deen for season with injury
Feb. 13, 2015

Tahj Shamsid-Deen's season is over because of two bad shoulders

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.   Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is done for the season because of two dislocated shoulders and fellow guard Antoine Mason's status is uncertain as he spends time with his ill father in New York, coach Bruce Pearl said Friday.

Shamsid-Deen will have surgery on one his shoulders next Thursday and the other one after that. Mason is in New York with his father, former NBA standout Anthony Mason, who recently had a heart attack. Mason is averaging 14.7 points per game. Shamsid-Deen, a steady guard and defender, is averaging 6.1 points per game.

"It's going to be difficult to compete without them," Pearl said.

Auburn will have to change its lineup heading into Saturday's 1 p.m. game at Georgia.

Shamsid-Deen has tried to play through his shoulder problem that began early in the season when his right shoulder popped out of place. Later, his left shoulder popped out. It happened again in Tuesday's loss to Arkansas. Pearl said it was Shamsid-Deen's "fifth or sixth dislocation" of the season.

"It got to the point to decide whether or not he should go for loose ball or not, whether he could set a screen or not, whether he should reach and give help and whether he should strip and rip," Pearl said.

"We don't want there to be any more damage. He's been a real warrior battling through a lot of pain."

Pearl said Mason flew to New York on Wednesday morning after Tuesday night's game.

"It's been a difficult time for Antoine and his family. We just have them in our prayers," Pearl said. 

"We've been in touch every day, talking and texting, and done so with the team as well. His status as far as when he comes back is uncertain. We'll take it day to day."

Pearl said he didn't know if Mason would play at Georgia, but his guard was in New York during the day on Friday.

"It's possible," Pearl said. "But my advice to him is he's got to be there for his mom and his family. If and when he's able to get back he will. If not, then he won't."

Pearl said guard K.C. Ross-Miler "will have to play a lot more." And that reserve T.J. Lang may be a starter on Saturday.

Pearl said he may opt for a bigger lineup going forward.

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