CHARLOTTE Jazz backup small forward Matt Harpring, who has been undergoing testing in Utah for gastrointestinal issues, will not join the team in time for tonight's game at Charlotte, as originally planned.
Harpring instead has been held over for additional tests to be performed Thursday, Jazz spokesman Jonathan Rinehart said Tuesday.
New plans call for Harpring to rejoin the Jazz in time for Friday night's game at Orlando, Rinehart said.
Harpring, 31, fell ill on the Jazz's charter flight back to Utah following Friday's loss at Portland. He vomited multiple times and passed out the fourth such episode he's had since the start of the last season.
The veteran forward didn't play in the Jazz's past two games, including Monday's loss in his longtime home of Atlanta, pushing to seven the number of games he's missed due to flu-like symptoms and/or gastric issues since last Christmas.
No details on tests results were available Tuesday, but it's believed all early indications seemed favorable.
SMACKMOUTH: Atlanta went into Monday's win over Utah with utmost respect for the Jazz from coach Mike Woodson.
"We've got to get these guys ... ready to go," Woodson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with regard to his Hawks, "because (the Jazz) will test you early to see if you're ready to get your knuckles dirty or not. It not, they'll smack you right in the mouth."
It turned out to be the Jazz, however, who ultimately got mouth-smacked.
HE SAID IT: Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer, asked in Atlanta if the Jazz have been playing with impatience down the stretch of recent late-game losses: "We're trying to come back and win the game, so there's a sense of urgency. ... Sometimes you want to have eight-point basket at some point. But I don't think we're impatient."MISC.: Usual Jazz starting center Mehmet Okur has missed four straight games with a strained left shoulder and is listed as "doubtful" for tonight. ... Backup Jarron Collins started Utah's last three games in Okur's place. In New Jersey, meanwhile, the Nets this week decided to bench Collins' twin brother, center Jason Collins, in favor of first-time starter Josh Boone. ... The Wizards this week signed free-agent point guard Mike Wilks as an injury fill-in, but only after reportedly considering a host of others, including former Jazz guard Keith McLeod, Weber State product and 2007 Jazz summer-leaguer Eddie Gill and NBA Development League point Brian Chase, who began last season in Utah but never did appear in a regular-season game for the Jazz.
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