The Jazz played Denver on Saturday night without usual starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko, who missed his third straight game due to a sprained right hip sustained in last Monday's win over Dallas.
Kirilenko will travel with the team this Monday for a four-game trip that opens Tuesday night at Chicago, but his availability for the Bulls game will be made only after he is re-examined following practice Monday morning.
Kirilenko's activity will be increased today to include work on the court, a Jazz spokesman said.
With Kirilenko out Saturday, reserve swingman C.J. Miles made his third straight start and his 10th of the season.
FAME WATCH: Former Jazz star and current Denver assistant coach Adrian Dantley, whose uniform number was retired in Utah last season, will learn later this month if he finally gets into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
"Every year around this time and around the last week of March, I start feeling kind of funny, seeing whether they are going to say, 'Yea or nay,"' Dantley, a multitime finalist who has been snubbed in several recent years, told the Denver Post."It's a weird feeling when the guys say, 'Sorry you didn't make it; you're eligible for next year.' It's a funny feeling when you get that phone call. The last couple of years, I haven't even answered."
LEBRON WATCH: When a fan in New York charged the floor and headed for Cleveland star LeBron James during a timeout in a game last week at Madison Square Garden, ex-Jazz guard Devin Brown of the Cavaliers intervened and prevented the 17-year-old from reaching James.
"I look to my left and there's a guy running toward the bench and there's a couple of security guards chasing him," Brown, a Utah native, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He ran right in front of me. I was just going to check him and make sure he wasn't holding anything. But he comes over and says, 'LeBron you're great, you're my favorite player and all I want to do is meet you.' I figured he wasn't going to do any harm so I just pushed him back."I was in shock," Brown added, "because you really don't expect something like that to happen. But if someone needs some security, I can start a service if they need it."
PRAISING STEVENSON: Washington Post columnist Mike Wise last week had high praise for ex-Jazzman and current Washington Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson, who currently had played more consecutive games than anyone in the league except San Antonio's Bruce Bowen and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince.
"Among Ernie Grunfeld's great finds and series of accomplishments as an NBA executive, the acquisition of Stevenson for a paltry $900,000 last year could be among the Wizards president's most important," Wise wrote.
"He's on pace to eclipse his career total of 127 (3-pointers) made during the prior seven seasons. More than that, he's been indispensable as a tough-as-nails defender on the perimeter."Said Grunfeld to the Post: "He's a glue guy, a real warrior. He did have to find a niche in the league. He learned a lot from John Stockton (in Utah). He's definitely matured. Bottom line, you can't teach competitiveness, you can't teach toughness and you can't teach pride. And those are great qualities that he has."
NO BIG DEAL: Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo is downplaying his recent sideline exchange of words with ex-Jazz forward Donyell Marshall of the Sonics."Donyell's fine. By halftime it was no problem whatsoever. He's good. It was basically a non-issue, to be honest," Carlesimo told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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