Utah Jazz notebook: Mehmet Okur sits out because of injury to 'other' foot
CLEVELAND — Mehmet Okur's left foot continues to progress.
His right foot, however, is another story.
Three days after Okur and his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon returned to the lineup from an eight-month absence, the Utah Jazz center missed Monday's game with a mildly sprained right foot.
It's unknown how long Okur will be out of action. Officially, he's listed as day-to-day, leaving open the possibility he could play Wednesday in Minnesota.
The 6-foot-11 center injured this foot in pregame warmups while trying to get extra work in as he continues to rehab his left leg back to full strength.
Okur twisted his ankle after stepping on Kyrylo Fesenko's foot during a one-on-one game.
"I was driving right (and) just tweaked it," Okur said. "It's not bad."
The big man's ankle was wrapped tightly, placed in a walking boot and elevated on a chair as he sat in his locker and explained the injury before Utah's 101-90 win over Cleveland.
"We don't want to make it swell," Okur said. "It should be OK, though. … It happens, right? I've got to look forward now."
Okur said the mishap was merely a misstep and was not related to overcompensating for his recovering left foot.
But it does temporarily halt his progress.
"It's not very good for him because he's looking forward to trying to work himself back in," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Hopefully, it doesn't set him back too much, but he's a hard worker and will try to work out of it."
Being shelved this much is rare for Okur. He has now almost missed as many games this season (27 of 29) due to injuries as he had in his previous six seasons in Utah. From 2004-05 through the end of last season, Okur only missed 31 out of a possible 492 regular season games.
NOT IMPRESSED: How did Sloan celebrate tying Pat Riley for third place on the NBA's all-time winningest coach list?
Hint: It wasn't by doing cartwheels or gloating about piling up 1,210 wins over the years.
"I don't have any thoughts on it," Sloan said. "That's not how I've ever played or how I've coached."
With Monday's blowout, Sloan improved to 1,210-789 in his 26-year head coaching career, including the past 23 as Utah's bench boss and a Chicago stint from 1979-82.
"Obviously, I like to win," Sloan added before dishing off credit to assistants Phil Johnson, Tyrone Corbin and Scott Layden. "I couldn't win without the coaches I have with me."
Deron Williams was left even more speechless about the accomplishment of his coach, who trails only Don Nelson (1,335 wins) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332) for all-time NBA coaching wins.
"The man's in the Hall of Fame already," Williams said. "What more is there to say?"
NOT ON Q: Monday's game was officially a sellout, with attendance reported to be at 20,562. But a few thousand of the crowd members sure resembled empty seats at The Q.
The 8-20 Cavs and the vibe in the big building are nothing compared to what they were before LeBron James' talents migrated to Miami.
"They're a lot different," Jazz forward Paul Millsap said. "The seats aren't packed like they used to be. It seems like the fans aren't in it like they used to be. It's a team that's got to rebuild."
D-WILL vs. M-WILL: Both point guards with Jazz connections and the same last name — but no relation — had solid showings.
Deron Williams notched his 15th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists while going against former Jazz playmaker Mo Williams. The Cavs' Williams also had a double-double, his third straight, with 16 points and 10 dimes.
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