Jazz notes: Boozer to see specialist

Searching for answers » Second MRI proves inconclusive.
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With the results of his latest MRI exam inconclusive, Jazz forward Carlos Boozer said Saturday he will see a specialist in Los Angeles on Dec. 29 as he continues to search for answers regarding his injured left knee.

He has missed 17 games since he was injured Nov. 19 against Milwaukee and is expected to be sidelined even longer.

Boozer said the concern now was with a bone bruise he suffered in addition to his strained quadriceps tendon.

"I want to know what's going on with knee so I can get healthy and play," Boozer said, adding, "Whatever it takes to get better, I'll do whatever. I've been doing what was asked of me and unfortunately I'm not better yet, but hopefully this will be the answer to getting back on the court."

Boozer went for a second MRI exam Thursday in Detroit and said Jazz doctor Lyle Mason as well as his personal doctor, Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles, were in agreement that the results were inconclusive.

While in Los Angeles, Boozer will undergo another MRI exam as well as further testing. In his own words, the best-case scenario is that "I keep getting treatment on it and hopefully be able to play soon."

But if doctors are unable to determine what is wrong, Boozer might have to undergo arthroscopic surgery.

Boozer said he has been bothered by a sharp pain in the back of his knee. "It's very frustrating, to say the least," he said.

Boozer described the bone bruise as getting "a little more complicated" and possibly having worsened. "I just don't feel comfortable on it," Boozer said. It is the first knee injury of his career.

He was scheduled to visit with the Bulls' doctor Saturday.

At a minimum, Boozer will miss another four games and likely more. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was asked before Saturday's game if it was time to plan on playing long-term without Boozer instead of awaiting his return.

"We've always done that. We have to do that," Sloan said. "When a guy gets hurt, I have no other choice, and quite frankly guys that like to play prove it. Paul Millsap 's been one of those guys that's stepped out there and said, 'I want to do everything I can.'"