Jazz notes: Harpring sits out with bruised back

Published February 25, 2009 10:31 pm
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If Matt Harpring thought the worst he suffered was a bump on the head after Josh Smith 's flagrant foul in Monday's victory over Atlanta, he was mistaken.

After playing their first game of the season at full strength, the Jazz were without Harpring as they beat Minnesota on Wednesday. Harpring continues to be bothered by the bruised back he suffered after falling hard thanks to Smith's foul.

"I got a little more banged up than I thought I did," said Harpring, who expects to play Saturday against Sacramento but has been bothered by neck and back pain as well.

"He had a pretty good fall," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He was real sore anyway. Don't know what difference a day will make, but we don't need to put him there right now. We just got everybody back -- got to have somebody out."

Kid games

The NBA's second-youngest player this season, Kosta Koufos turned 20 on Tuesday. Only Golden State's Anthony Randolph is younger than Koufos, who spent one season at Ohio State before declaring for the NBA draft.

With Koufos no longer 19, Sloan's days of coaching teenagers might be finished. "You never know what'll show up," Sloan said, adding of Koufos, "He's a good kid. The guys are on him pretty good for being a rookie, but he's handled it very well."

Double vision

As part of the Jazz's pregame meeting, Jarron Collins had to offer the scouting report on his twin brother, Jason. Although he hadn't played for a stretch of 31 games, Jason has seen action in four of Minnesota's last five games, playing five minutes Wednesday.

"I know his moves, or lack thereof," Jarron said.

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