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SALT LAKE CITY — Jazz coach Jerry Sloan will miss the next two games to attend the funeral of a family member, the team announced after practice Thursday.

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In Sloan's absence, Jazz assistant coach Phil Johnson — a former NBA coach of the year and Sloan's longtime right-hand man — will assume head-coaching responsibilities for tonight's home game against the San Antonio Spurs and Saturday's game at Portland.

Sloan is expected to return in time for Monday's game at EnergySolutions Arena against Sacramento, a team spokesman said.

Sloan has only missed 16 of 1,996 regular-season games in his 23 years as Utah's head coach. The most recent absence was on April 3, 2009, also for a funeral.

The Jazz have a 9-7 record in games that the Hall of Fame coach missed.


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