SACRAMENTO, Calif. Matt Harpring will undergo an MRI exam on his aching and swollen right knee today, the Jazz's starting small forward said after Utah's loss Sunday to the Sacramento Kings.
Harpring played 39 minutes against the Kings but hardly was his usual self.
The Jazz captain made just 3-of-16 shots from the field for six points, 10.5 below the team-leading 16.5 points-per-game average he had before Sunday.
Harpring has swelling in his left knee as well, but it's the right, he said, that concerns him most.
His status for tonight's Delta Center game against one of his former teams, Philadelphia, is uncertain.
Also playing Sunday for the Jazz was starting center Greg Ostertag, who sat out Friday night's overtime win over Toronto because of a strain in his left knee.
He logged 29 minutes, noticeably limping throughout the game en route to nine rebounds and nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.
Ostertag is expected to play tonight.
Out Sunday for Utah was reserve big man Ben Handlogten, who hyperextended his left knee in the Toronto game.
Handlogten will be further examined today in Salt Lake City, also leaving his status for tonight uncertain, a Jazz spokesman said.The Jazz still have not filled their 12-man active-roster spot belonging to center Curtis Barchart, who remains out after wrist surgery, meaning Utah played Sacramento with just 10 healthy players including only two who typically play center, Ostertag and backup big man Jargon Collins.
SHAH: With the Jazz en route to a horrific night from the free-throw line, coach Jerry Sloan did something during a time-out that he rarely does.
"I said, 'Concentrate on your free throws,' "ASloan said.
The Jazz finished just 17-of-31 from the line, including three misses in the fourth quarter.
"Maybe the wrong thing to do," Sloan said.The reason Sloan hardly ever makes an issue of the issue: "Sometimes you tell them to do that," he said, "they concentrate more and miss them."
VINTAGE VLADE: These words courtesy of Vlade Divac, delivered as only the Kings' veteran center can: "It was a very ugly, ugly game tonight. I apologize to all the fans. It was a waste of time. It was ugly by both teams, referees, everybody."One can only wonder what he would have said if the Kings, who committed a season-high 31 personal fouls, had lost.
MISC.: Utah's 31 personal fouls also were a season-high . . . Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko's team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds marked his team-leading 10th double-double of the season . . . The Jazz's charter flight to Sacramento on Saturday arrived about two hours later than scheduled because of the snowy weather conditions in Salt Lake City . . . The start time of Sunday's game was moved up two hours, to 5 p.m. Mountain Time, to accommodate local TV coverage in Sacramento . . . Kings guard Doug Christie pulled down a season-high nine rebounds, and Kings backup point guard Bobby Jackson recorded a season-high four steals . . . Visiting with the Jazz after the game: ex-Utah State and Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy, now living near Sacramento.
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