Indianapolis ? Carlos Boozer missed three months and 44 games after injuring his left knee in November, but was back in the lineup Tuesday after sitting out only one game thanks to the right ankle he sprained last week. Boozer finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes against the Pacers, but made only 4 of 13 shots. Already limited by his knee, Boozer now must deal with his ankle, which hurts his ability to finish around the basket.
"I'm still getting used to playing on my knee," Boozer said, "now I've got to deal with the ankle, but hopefully very soon I'll be 100 percent."
Boozer originally sprained his ankle in the first quarter of Friday's victory over Denver. He sat out Sunday's game in Toronto, but said it wasn't a case of trying to be safe rather than sorry with four games remaining on the Jazz's road trip.
"I'd be hurting my team more than I'd be helping my team if I had played on it," Boozer said. "It ended up helping me by sitting out because now it feels a lot better."
Boozer said he expected to play tonight against Atlanta, the second game of a back-to-back set for the Jazz.
Gone in a Flash
Ronnie Brewer was away from his phone getting treatment Monday morning when he returned to his hotel room and found three missed calls from Dontell Jefferson plus a text message saying: "I need to tell you something."
As soon as Brewer called back, Jefferson started thanking him for everything he'd done for him since he came to the NBA Development League's Utah Flash. Then he broke the news that he was about to sign a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Bobcats.
"He stuck with it, he kept on working hard, and he got the call-up that he wanted," Brewer said of his former Arkansas teammate.
Jefferson averaged 18.6 points and 5.5 assists in 32 games with the Flash. He was a regular at EnergySolutions Arena for Jazz games during his time in Utah and even asked Brewer for tapes of Deron Williams as Jefferson made the move to point guard.
Jefferson is expected to sign today, becoming the 24th player the Bobcats have had on their roster this season. Brewer, meanwhile, could only hope Jefferson will find a home in the NBA. Jefferson turned down overseas offers to play in the D-League this season.
"I hope so because it's all about getting an opportunity," Brewer said. "You get in the right spot, get an opportunity, now it's up to him to make the most out of it."
The Jazz's climb up the Western Conference standings could come at a price. They will have to give up their first-round draft pick to Philadelphia to complete last season's Kyle Korver trade if the pick falls between Nos. 23-30.
They came into Tuesday tied with Portland for the NBA's seventh-best record, leaving them on the edge of giving up the pick. The 76ers have since traded the pick to Minnesota, creating the salary-cap space they used to sign Elton Brand .
email@example.com Jazz at Atlanta
At Philips Arena
Time ? 5 p.m.
TV ? FSN Utah
Radio ? 1320 AM, 98.7 FM
Records ? Jazz 41-23, Atlanta 36-28
Last meeting ? Jazz won 108-89 (Feb. 23)
Line ? Jazz by 2
About the Jazz ? Back-to-back sets have not been kind for the Jazz, who have gone just 3-11 in the second games this season. ... Matt Harpring banged his head and bruised his back and elbow after a flagrant foul when the teams played last month. ... The Jazz shot 70.7 percent in the first half and got 58 points from their bench in beating the Hawks in Utah.
About the Hawks ? Atlanta has gone 22-7 at home this season and opened a seven-game homestand with victories over Detroit and New Orleans. ... They went into Tuesday with a 1?-game lead over Miami for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. ... Marvin Williams is out indefinitely and possibly for the season with a lower back injury.