While the Charlotte Bobcats haven't projected how long power forward Byron Mullens will be out with a sprained left ankle, you can safely assume this:

He's not coming back anytime soon.

Mullens took a hard fall late in Saturday's road loss to the Denver Nuggets. He couldn't put any weight on the joint, and there was relief around the franchise that he hadn't fractured his ankle. Still, he figures to be out weeks, if not a month, with the injury.

So the Bobcats (7-20) will have at least one new starter Wednesday night when they face the NBA champion Miami Heat at Time Warner Cable Arena. Another power forward, Tyrus Thomas, is already out with a calf strain, so the options are limited.

Coach Mike Dunlap ran through the candidates: Some new mix of minutes with Bismack Biyombo and Brendan Haywood….More minutes for Hakim Warrick….Getting Jeff Adrien into the rotation.