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News » Utah Jazz: Okur says he'll play Monday night

Utah Jazz: Okur says he'll play Monday night

Utah Jazz: Okur says he'll play Monday night
After a weeklong absence because of back spasms, Jazz center Memo Okur will play Monday night against Philadelphia at EnergySolutions Arena.

Officially, Okur's availability is being called a game-time decision, but after Monday morning's shootaround he said, "Yeah, I will be out there. ... I got treatment and rested a little bit and I'll be ready to go."

Without Okur, the Jazz lost at Milwaukee (94-86) and Houston (120-115 in double overtime). In between, they defeated Dallas (97-88).

In Okur's place, rookie Kosta Koufos and second-year man Kyrylo Fesenko filled in admirably against Dallas and Houston.

Koufos had a career-high 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting against the Mavericks. Fesenko scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes against Yao Ming and the Rockets.

"They did a great job," Okur said. "In those two games, they went out there and stepped up and played great."

Coach Jerry Sloan said Okur would start, if he is available.


Steve Luhm

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