Jazz: Kirilenko receives third cortisone shot
The Jazz only can hope a third cortisone shot is the charm for Andrei Kirilenko , who will undergo surgery unless he sees improvement in his injured right ankle over the next two or three days.
After receiving another injection Monday, Kirilenko sat out his fourth game since experiencing a return of discomfort in his ankle last week. He has been bothered by a bone fragment and will need surgery at some point to remove it.
The Jazz were hoping to put off the surgery until after the season. Kirilenko previously received a cortisone shot in December and was able to play for more than a month before the pain and soreness returned.
A second cortisone shot last week did not produce the same results, sending Kirilenko back to the doctor for a third Monday. He did not want to talk about a potential recovery timetable should he need surgery, but it is approximately three to four weeks.
"Let's not go there. Let's see how it feels right now," Kirilenko said. "If it doesn't help really, then we're going to think about surgery."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he discussed making a change to his starting lineup, then discussed it again and discussed it even more after that, before deciding to stay the same for Tuesday's game.
Sloan cited the need for young starters C.J. Miles and Ronnie Brewer to continue gaining experience, even if there are growing pains. "I don't know how we change the minutes around and really see a drastic change," Sloan added.
The Jazz have endured weeks' worth of slow starts in the first quarter of games, with Miles saying, "We're just going to keep playing and work our way through the slumps and try to get back to where we've been."
Sloan said he did discuss the possibility of starting Kyle Korver , who has come off the bench exclusively since he joined the Jazz last season in a trade.
"He and C.J. shoot about the same percentage," Sloan said. "The amount of time that they play is pretty equal. I don't see a drastic change there, except he's played down the stretch in bigger games and we need some of the stuff he gives us to try to play down the stretch."
Carlos Boozer will be reevaluated today in Los Angeles with the expectation that he will be cleared to increase his rehab work. Boozer underwent left knee surgery Jan. 9 and said Tuesday that the swelling in his knee had decreased.
The Jazz originally said Boozer would take part in a four-week rehab program before possibly returning, but Boozer said his timetable was more like four to six weeks.
"I think I'm putting a lot more pressure on myself to get back," Boozer said, "so I can help my team win more than anybody else is putting pressure on me. But at the same time, I know I need to be careful so I don't re-injure it and be back so I can finish the season off strong."
Despite the recession, the Jazz will be able to host the Rocky Mountain Revue again this summer, general manager Kevin O'Connor said.