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Jazz notes: Sprained ankle sidelines Kanter

Published November 25, 2013 11:31 pm

Jazz notes • Center sidelined by sprain he suffered in loss to Oklahoma City.
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The Jazz played Chicago on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena without center Enes Kanter, who missed his first game of the season with a sprained ankle.

Kanter was injured in Sunday's lopsided 95-73 loss at Oklahoma City.

Coming off the bench for the first time this year, Kanter ended up with 10 points and three rebounds in 25 minutes before being hurt in the fourth quarter.

On a drive to the basket by Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb, Kanter jumped trying to block the shot. He landed awkwardly, limped to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the game and did not return.

Before the Jazz played the Bulls, Kanter said, "I don't feel that bad. I feel just a little bit of soreness when I step on it."

According to coach Tyrone Corbin, Kanter told him he could play if needed.

"[But] we didn't think it would be a good idea," Corbin said.

The Jazz don't play again until Friday night, when they face Phoenix.

In Kanter's absence, Corbin started the same lineup against Chicago as he did at Oklahoma City. Marvin Williams opened at power forward, along with Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson and Derrick Favors.

"We'll see if we can create some [favorable] matchups and pace," Corbin explained.

Burke's first start

Burke made the first start of his NBA career against Oklahoma City.

He finished with four points and four assists in 20 minutes while shooting 2-for-9 from the floor, including 0-for-4 in the first quarter.

Burke "just has to relax a little bit," Corbin said. "I thought he pressed [Sunday] night. He has to come off the pick-and-rolls looking to make plays instead of making shots. I thought he rushed his shots a little, before looking at the play."

The game was Burke's third with the Jazz. He missed the first 12 after suffering a fractured right index finger in the preseason.

"He will have some ups and downs," Corbin said.

Line struggles

After missing 16 of their 29 free throws against Oklahoma City, the Jazz were shooting only 69.1 percent from the foul line — 29th among the 30 teams in the NBA.

Corbin believes his players are too concerned about other things — like previous mistakes — when they attempt their free throws.

"Let it go," he said. "... We've got to have a short memory. Guys are thinking about things too much. You can't have one thing go wrong and then have something else [bad] happen because you're thinking about that."




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