SALT LAKE CITY — It's unlikely they'll uncork any bubbly bottles, but the Utah Jazz have officially earned their way into the NBA playoffs.
They can thank Memphis and or Milwaukee in part for making the playoffs for the 24th time in 27 seasons, because the Bucks' 108-103 victory today punched the Jazz's postseason ticket. As it stands, Utah would have the fourth seed and homecourt advantage in the first round against the No. 5 Phoenix Suns.
That's the good news for the Jazz. The bad news is that an MRI performed on Andrei Kirilenko by team doctor Lyle Mason on Sunday morning revealed that the small forward has a strained left calf.
This strain is on a different part of Kirilenko's left calf than the one he was previously nursing. On Friday, Kirilenko strained the lateral side of his calf, which will keep him out of Monday's game against the New York Knicks and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
A strain on the medial side of Kirilenko's left calf sidelined him for six of seven games between March 14-24. The MRI showed that that strain has completely healed.
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