Wednesday , Mar , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Jazz forward Boozer likely done for season

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz reportedly lost the
services of forward Carlos Boozer for the remainder of the season, according
to the Salt-Lake Tribune.

Boozer is hampered by a right foot injury sustained during a loss against
Phoenix on February 14. Boozer, who was placed on the injured list March 2,
strained his foot in the 136-128 setback versus the Suns and hasn’t hit the
hardwood since.

The former Duke star is the franchise’s highest-paid free agent acquisition in
team history. Utah’s prize pick has missed the last 19 games and has been
sporting a protective boot. Surgery has been ruled out for the time being,
according to trainer Gary Briggs.

Boozer, 26, has started 51 games this season and is averaging 17.8 points, 9.0
rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. A second-round pick of the
Cavaliers in the 2002 draft, Boozer earns almost $11 million per campaign.

Utah is already without another star player in Andrei Kirilenko. Kirilenko
suffered a broken left wrist in an 85-84 loss to the Washington Wizards on
March 24 and is finished for the season.

In their last 13 games, the Jazz have endured a nine-game losing streak (3/4 –
3/19) and have lost two of their last three contests.