The only thing Kyrylo Fesenko has struggled more to find than minutes in his first three seasons with the Jazz might be his free-throw stroke. Before practice Saturday, Fesenko could be found shooting a set of 100 with special assistant coach Jeff Hornacek .
Just a 40.2 percent career foul shooter, Fesenko is now 2-for-6 in this series and has committed himself at Hornacek's recommendation to shooting at least 50 and preferably 100 free throws before every game, practice and shootaround.
Fesenko said he never was anything close to an 80 percent foul shooter when he played in Ukraine but that he was better than he's shown in the NBA.
"Probably lack of confidence on the free throws because I got so nervous when I'm in the game and I'm on the foul line," Fesenko said. "I just get carried away. Everybody said that I'm thinking too much.
"I try to remember everything that anybody ever told me about it -- hand, foot, follow-through. I just need to stop like thinking too much. And sometimes I rush it, like get the ball, one dribble and I'm releasing it right away."
Fesenko will look to build on his nine-point, five-rebound effort in Game 3 as he continues to grow more comfortable starting in place of Mehmet Okur , who is out after rupturing his left Achilles tendon and undergoing surgery.
"It feels great when you realize that you did something that affect the game," Fesenko said. "Maybe in a little way, but it affects it."
The Jazz do not schedule regular-season Sunday home games out of respect for the area's LDS Church leanings, but have no similar control during the playoffs.
As a result, the Jazz tonight will host their first Sunday game since May 11, 2008, in the conference semifinals against the Lakers and their first Sunday night playoff game since June 14, 1998, in the NBA Finals against Chicago.
"I'm looking forward to it and I hope everybody shows up," Carlos Boozer said.
It will be the 22nd Sunday playoff game the Jazz have hosted, though chief executive Greg Miller already has said he will stay home and watch with his family.
Miller posted on his Twitter account that he would be auctioning his tickets to the person who made the largest donation to Deron Williams ' Point of Hope Foundation by noon Saturday.
The Jazz have seen Carmelo Anthony 's scoring totals drop from 42 to 32 to 25 points in the series. Nuggets acting coach Adrian Dantley said the team worked Saturday on cutting and reading the floor better when the Jazz send a second defender at Anthony.
"We've just got to keep doing the job," Wesley Matthews said. "We've just got to keep staying committed to stopping him, making everything difficult for him, but at the same time not forgetting other people."
Okur was quoted on his website (memo13.com) that he was "crushed" not to be able to take part in the rest of the playoffs or this summer's world championships with the Turkish national team.
"I am trying to keep my spirits high," Okur said. "Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. I am proud of the way my [Jazz] teammates have stormed back and gone up 2-1. They are proving what a great team we are."