DALLAS Jerry Sloan sensed Paul Millsap probably wouldn't be his usual self.
But he needed him, so Millsap returned to the Jazz's starting lineup Saturday night after missing three games with a bruised right knee.
"I don't know what to do other than trying to play him some and give him an opportunity to get his feet back under him," Sloan said after Millsap had just four points and three rebounds while logging 21 minutes in Saturday night's loss at Dallas. "He really hasn't had a chance to really practice. (But) I don't worry about that. He's a hard worker, and he'll get himself back.
"He was better, I thought, the second time he went out there on the floor than he was in the first half," Sloan added. "That's understandable. You know, he's still worrying about two knees. Thank goodness that everything's held up so far."
Millsap said his previously injured left knee is 100 percent, but he'll still have to wear a brace on it for another couple of weeks or so.
The right, however, just wasn't, well, right.
He wore a brace on it, too.
"In the second half it loosened up a lot," he said. "I was running on it a lot better. But I was really wasn't 100 percent."
Millsap fought foul issues much of the night.
"I got into foul trouble," he said, "because of silliness, due to my knee you know, trying to make up for it."
Asked when he thinks the knee will be back to 100 percent, the Jazz's replacement starter at power forward said, "Hopefully it will be Tuesday."
The Jazz start the second half of their season Tuesday night vs. Minnesota.
BOOZER UPDATE: With a three-game road trip now complete, the Jazz are expecting power forward Carlos Boozer to re-join them upon their return to town.
Boozer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month in Los Angeles. He stayed there for initial rehab work, but the team wants him to continue his workouts in Utah.
DRINK UP: The count of Jazz players backing beverages is up to two.
Point guard Deron Williams checked in first with VitaminWater, which is made by Coca-Cola.
And now shooting guard Kyle Korver is endorsing an upstart energy drink, EVO replete with its own promotional YouTube video.MISC.: With Millsap back, sixth man Andrei Kirilenko returned to the bench and scored 12. ... allas Skyline High School product C.J. Miles had 15 points for the Jazz with 7-for-15 field shooting in his second game back from a sprained right ankle. ... No. 3 scorer Josh Howard, who averages 18.1 points per game, did not play for Dallas due to a sprained left wrist. ... The Mavericks acquired Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins in a Friday trade with Charlotte for big man DeSagana Diop, but the two newcomers weren't available for Saturday's game.