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Utah Jazz: Point guard Earl Watson rejoins team

Published November 14, 2012 5:00 pm

Utah Jazz • Watson will not play at Boston on Wednesday.
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Boston • Veteran point guard Earl Watson rejoined the Jazz on Wednesday, armed with medical clearance to resume full on-court activities following six months of rehab for knee surgery.

"I think I'm there," the third-year Jazz guard said. "I don't think there's any more steps to take. The next step is game step."

Watson will not dress for the Jazz's game against the Celtics on Wednesday at TD Garden, but he could be close.

"We'll see how he goes and how his body responds," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We're going to increase his activity a little bit and see how he responds to it."

Watson missed the Jazz's Monday win in Toronto to undergo tests in Southern California. He said the tests measured the balance in each leg and "measured strength and impact."

Following the tests, Watson received a green light — medically, at least.

In basketball terms, Watson said, there still are a few things to work out.

"I think it's timing," he said. "I think it's meshing, integrating with the team, slowly but surely, and making sure I can keep the rhythm of the team the same."

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