Andrei Kirilenko has returned to the court in full force. AK played a marvelous 17 minute game in which he gave the Jazz 14 points and his usual hustle stats (one of which was a swipe of Conley for a fast-break dunk). Kirilenko even stated afterward that he was winded after his 17-minute performance, missing 20 days for injury & surgery (quick recovery!).
Andrei has also returned to the "quote-ables" column, mentioning that he's experiencing "triple-joy". His triple-joy moment came as a result of returning to the court from injury, helping the Jazz towards victory and celebrating his 28th birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday AK! I wish all of us could enjoy the effects of "triple-joy" (in one shape or form) every so often... like AK47.
CJ Miles exploded for a 24 point game. He went 2-3 from the 3-pointline, dished out 2 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. His production was a huge lift in propeling the Jazz towards victory.
Boozer is still unsure when he'll return to the line-up. He's already missed over half the season (42 games). In his stead, Millsap scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. We're used to having Millsap fill-in for him. Infact, Millsap has essentially replaced him. I understand that it's important for the Jazz not to rush Boozer back too early, but, the guy has been "out" forever. It wouldn't surprise me if he didn't return for the rest of the season.
Memo suffered from the flu and missed the game last night. Let's hope he returns to the floor soon. I think that along with AK & Millsap, Memo can "sure-up" our interior post-game. Collins scored 8 points and grabbed 7 boards, while Kosta Koufos played 11 minutes... in light of Memo being sick.
The Jazz have now lost 145 man games due to injuries, illnesses or other reasons. Last year, we only had 45 games lost.
Up Next: The Boston Celtics come to town for a Thursday night TNT special.