It required a trip to Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful for X-rays.

But the X-rays proved negative, and the Jazz are calling the sprained right hip starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko sustained in Monday's win over Dallas "a day-to-day type injury."

Just what that means remains to be seen.

Previously this season, starting center Mehmet Okur and reserve point guard Jason Hart missed seven and six games, respectively, with what the Jazz called "day-to-day" injuries — a sprained shoulder and lower-back inflammation, respectively.

Kirilenko will be reevaluated today, Jazz spokesman Jonathan Rinehart said.

He was hurt in Monday's opening quarter, after getting pulled down to the floor by Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki on a layup attempt.

"It was definitely scary," Jazz point guard Deron Williams said, "especially because it looked like he wasn't going to be able to get up. We need Andrei out there. Hopefully he's fine."

"We heard X-rays were negative," Jazz forward Carlos Boozer added, "but we'll see how he recovers from it."

Kirilenko exited the game with assistance after he was hurt, but not before knocking down two free throws stemming from the flagrant foul.

Nowitzki said he meant no harm, and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he didn't think the Mavs star meant any either.

Asked if he thought Nowitzki should have been ejected, Williams said, "I don't know if he did it on purpose, you know? But it was a pretty hard foul."

BOOZER'S BACK: Boozer was asked Monday about the state of his back.

"It's alright," he said. "I've got bumps and bruises, and definitely it's a little sore, but (I'm) playing through it."

HE SAID IT: Williams, on veteran point guard Jason Kidd being back with the Mavs after a recent trade from New Jersey: "He's a guy that can go to any team and fit in, no matter where he goes. He's one of the best players ever to play the game. He's a Hall-of-Famer, so it doesn't matter where it goes."

DICKENS RE-SIGNS: Cleveland on Monday re-signed 2000 Jazz second-round draft choice Kaniel Dickens and guard Billy Thomas to second 10-day contract.

Both were called up recently from Colorado of the NBA Development League.

Dickens, a forward from the University of Idaho, is with his third NBA team, but never did play a regular-season game with the Jazz. Portland and New Jersey are the others. He has also played in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, China, the CBA and the IBL.

RUMOR MILL: According to the New York Post, the Knicks inquired at last month's trade deadline about ex-Jazz point guard Carlos Arroyo of Orlando. Arroyo supposedly is a potential offseason free-agent target for the Knicks, though the Puerto Rico native said recently he would like to re-sign with the Magic.

A one-liner from Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman says that former University of Utah center Michael Doleac, who will be in town when the Minnesota Timbewolves visit the Jazz on Wednesday, "wants to finish the season (in Minnesota) and hasn't decided whether he will play after this year."

Ex-Hawks point guard Tyronn Lue, waived last Friday by Sacramento, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he will soon sign with Dallas to back up Kidd. Lue had not yet cleared waivers, so he did not dress for Dallas against the Jazz on Monday.

MILESTONE: On this date in 1996, Jazz point guard John Stockton dished 11 assists in a win over Phoenix — to become the first player in NBA history with 11,000 assists.


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