Boozer still sitting with a sore foot

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

Utah power forward Carlos Boozer missed his fourth straight game Sunday as he recovers from a strained ligament in his right foot.

Boozer, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, did not play as the Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 99-92 on Sunday, and he is expected to miss today's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

On Saturday, Boozer told the Salt Lake Tribune that he was annoyed and surprised at how long his foot has taken to heal, but said his return to the court is in sight.

"I feel like we're getting close to turning a corner," BoozerBoozer told the Tribune. "I really think after the next couple of days, I'll be able to work full-speed again."

Boozer, Utah's leading scorer and rebounded, participated in a few conditioning drills on Saturday. He has not practiced or played since injuring his foot in a Feb. 14 game against Phoenix. Up to that point, he had started every game for the Jazz this season.

"It's been tough to sit around," Boozer told the Tribune. "I'm not the kind of player who can just sit and watch without wanting to get out there and help. But there's no use being out there if I can't play my kind of game."

On Sunday, in Boozer's absence, Matt Harpring scored 28 points and Raja Bell added 21 for Utah in its win over Houston.

"We got on a roll on offense in the fourth quarter," said Harpring, who had 10 points in the fourth. "We had the right plays and we executed."

Houston, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half, has dropped three straight after winning eight in a row.

Utah outrebounded the Rockets 39-31, including 17-9 on the offensive end.

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