Indeed, we discover that AK47 (the human fly-swatter) needs to have surgery on his ankle. His absence from the team is still left to be determined. It's been estimated that he'll be out for 3 to 4 weeks.
My thoughts regarding the team have been mixed. There's no doubting that we're suffering through a terrible losing streak. But to me, my thoughts go beyond that.
I have to admit that I was celebrating (internally) Paul Millsap's success as an impact player. He's been phenomenal for this team. He has softened the blow of having Boozer injured and out of the line-up. On top of it, I think that all of us Jazz fans can see the inevitable departure of Carlos Boozer. He's been such an enigma! Who knows when he'll be back to play for us this season?
After stating all of this, I still believe that we miss the Booz. Enormously! His inside presence on the offensive post is sorely missed. He commands a double-team. We really don't have an "offensive-post-player" as good as him. To make matters worse, not having Andrei Kirilenko AND Carlos Boozer is downright detrimental. This team can't win without the both of them. We won't make the playoffs without AK & the Booz!
To tie it all together... I can't help but think of how our team's injury woes have mirrored the health concerns and tragedies of our owner (and people... please don't take my comments out of context... Mr. Miller's health issues have been so much more dire, severe & downright depressing than anything we've seen). I feel terrible for our owner & his family. I hope that somehow he'll be able to reach well-ness and regain a sense of functionality again... and in like manner, see our team rise from the ashes of internal struggle and find itself healthy again. We can only hope...