Utah places Carlos Boozer on injured list

JDHS grad to sit out at least five more games

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Utah Jazz placed forward Carlos Boozer on the injured list Wednesday as a foot injury continues to plague the Juneau-Douglas High School graduate.

Under NBA rules, Boozer will have to sit out at least five more games. Utah's win over Atlanta on Wednesday night was Boozer's sixth straight game on the sidelines after he injured his right foot in a game on Feb. 14.

"It's taking its time getting better, for whatever reason," Boozer told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, before being placed on the injured list. "It's like a sprained ankle, and sometimes those take three or four weeks before you're ready. It's only been two weeks."

Prior to hurting his foot - an injury described as a strained ligament - Boozer had started all 51 games for the Jazz this season. Boozer remains Utah's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

The Deseret Morning News reported that the Jazz will sign point guard Randy Livingston to a 10-day contract to fill Boozer's roster spot. Livingston, a veteran of several NBA teams, most recently has been playing in the CBA.

Wednesday's announcement casts some doubt on Boozer's much-anticipated return to Cleveland on March 15. Boozer spent two seasons with the Cavaliers before signing with the Jazz last summer in a complicated series of events that infuriated Cleveland fans. The March 15 game would be Boozer's first game in Cleveland since the turmoil.

If Boozer's minimum five games on the injured list started with Utah's win over Atlanta on Wednesday, he would be eligible to play in a game at Detroit on Sunday, March 13 - the game before the Jazz are set to play the Cavaliers.

• The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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