Results of an MRI exam performed Tuesday on Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko are expected to be made public today.
The Jazz on Tuesday practiced without their starting small forward, who hurt his right hip early in Monday night's win over Dallas.
Kirilenko was re-examined Tuesday morning, and afterward, the Jazz said they still believe the extent of the injury is the same as was diagnosed Monday a sprain that will have the forward from Russia out on a day-to-day basis.
For precautionary reasons, however, Kirilenko was scheduled to undergo the MRI.
Kirilenko was injured when, while going up for a layup, he was pulled hard to the floor by reigning NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks.
Nowitzki, called for a flagrant foul on the play, said he intended no harm.
Kirilenko underwent X-rays at EnergySolutions Arena, but they were inconclusive. He later was transported to Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful for further X-rays; they were negative. The 2004 NBA All-Star returned to the arena before the conclusion of Monday's game, which marked Utah's 16th straight home win.
If Kirilenko can't play tonight against the Timberwolves, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said, reserve swingman C.J. Miles likely will start in his place.
The sporadically used Miles has started at small forward each of the five times Kirilenko has been absent this season, allowing backup Matt Harpring to retain his usual reserve role.
Miles hadn't played in four of Utah's five games prior to Monday, and his 15 minutes against the Mavs marked the most he's played since a Feb. 9 game vs. Chicago.Kirilenko is averaging 32 minutes, 11.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 blocks in 56 games. He was at the Jazz's practice facility Tuesday, but wasn't made available to reporters.
HE WROTE IT: Ex-NBA player and current Timberwolves broadcast analyst Jim Peterson, ranking retired Jazz Karl Malone No. 4 (behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin McHale and Mychal Thompson) on his list of "Five Guys I Loved to Play Against" in the February issue of "Wolftracks" magazine: "Malone scored 36,928 points and currently ranks second all-time on the NBA scoring list behind Abdul-Jabbar. My claim to fame is that he scored his first two on me ... The Jazz and (Houston) Rockets were in the same division back then, and some of the battles Ralph Samson, Hakeem Olajuwon and I had with Malone, Thurl Bailey and Mark Eaton were epic. We would kill each other like crazy during the game and then go out for some good old Texas barbeque with John Stockton and Marc Iavaroni afterward."
HE WROTE IT II: Also from Peterson, on Malone, whom he ranked fifth on his list of "Five Hardest Opponents to Guard" behind Charles Barkley, ex-Jazz forward Tom Chambers, David Robinson and Alex English: "He ran the floor like someone stole his mother's rent money."
DOWN ON THE FARM: When the Jazz took their official team photo Monday, Utah Flash-assigned rookies Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko both were in the picture.Boston on Tuesday assigned 2007 second-round draft choice Gabe Pruitt to the Flash, the NBA Development League affiliate they share with the Jazz. It's the third assignment to the D-League this season for the rookie guard, a USC product averaging 2.0 points and 5.7 minutes in 12 games for the Celtics this season.
MISC.: The Jazz also practiced Tuesday without starting point guard Deron Williams, who according to the club was tending to a family medical matter. Williams is expected to play tonight ... Jazz players spent part of Tuesday reading at various local schools ... Monday's crowd for the Dallas game included two of the world's taller men, Eaton and former Mavs center/Utah native Shawn Bradley. Eaton stands 7-foot-4, Bradley 7-6.
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