Jazz: Boozer sits out with sprained ankle
Toronto » Only six games after returning from knee surgery, Carlos Boozer suffered a minor setback Sunday when a sprained right ankle kept him from playing in the Jazz's victory over Toronto.
"It's still a little bit painful," Boozer said, "so I'm going to just let it calm down a little bit, then I'll be back out there hopefully on Tuesday."
Boozer suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday's victory over Denver but was able to finish the game. He warmed up Sunday, had the ankle taped, walked around a little bit and did some jumping before deciding he couldn't go.
"It just wasn't strong enough to play on it today," said Boozer, who described pain in the ankle as a greater issue than swelling.
Much as he did while Boozer was out three months with an injured left knee, Paul Millsap returned to the starting lineup Sunday and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Deron Williams was passed over for Western Conference Player of the Month honors for February, but has to be considered a favorite to earn Player of the Week honors announced today. "I've never won it before, so it'd be nice," Williams said.
Williams averaged 25.3 points and 11.3 assists in victories over Houston, Denver and Toronto as the Jazz extended their winning streak to 11 games.
Early bird special
The Jazz could have been forgiven for feeling as if they should have been enjoying brunch, rather than playing basketball, when Sunday's game tipped off at 12:30 p.m. locally.
Their body clocks already were lagging two hours behind in the Mountain Time Zone, plus they lost an hour of sleep with daylight-saving time. The Jazz's early bus left for the arena at 9:15 a.m. with two players -- Ronnie Price and Kosta Koufos -- on board.
"It was definitely early, but it seems like an old AAU tournament," Price said.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan didn't want to make a big deal about the early start to his players. "They're all over 19," Sloan said. "They ought to be able to read the clock. If they're not, then we're in trouble."
Williams admitted he fell asleep on a training table when he was getting taped before the game.
The Jazz's victory was their eighth straight against Toronto, giving them four consecutive season series sweeps. They have beaten Detroit eight straight times and Memphis nine straight times.