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Giricek might miss game

Usual Jazz starting shooting guard Gordan Giricek did not practice Monday and is questionable for tonight's Delta Center against Indiana.

Giricek, seen wearing a walking boot on his left foot and lower leg prior to practice Monday, has what the team now says has been diagnosed as a strain of the soleus, a calf muscle.

On Sunday, when he was unable to complete practice, the injury initially was being called Achilles tendinitis.

Giricek, averaging 11.2 points, has played and started in 12 of 14 games this season. The two he missed were due to tonsillitis.

If Giricek cannot play tonight, the Jazz have several options for replacing him in the opening lineup.

One is start two points, rookie Deron Williams and journeyman Milt Palacio, in the backcourt. Another is to go with Devin Brown at shooting guard, though he seemingly plays better off the bench. Rookie Andre Owens has two starts this year at the 2 spot.

Then there's this possibility: If Andrei Kirilenko really is ready to return from his sprained ankle, he could open in his usual spot at small forward and veteran Matt Harpring, who has been starting in Kirilenko's place, could move from the 3 to the 2.

HMMM: An interesting trend to keep an eye on: In all but one game this season, the Jazz have won when big man Mehmet Okur takes more shots from the field than Williams and lost when Okur takes as many or fewer than Williams.

HMMM II: Sports Illustrated's Web site, SI.com, has come out with its list of the top-10 point guards in basketball history — and guess who is not ranked among the top four?

That's right, the Jazz's own John Stockton.

SI went with Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Bob Cousy and Isiah Thomas over the NBA's all-time steals-and-assists leader.

SI writer Jack McCallum's comments, in part: "They won't let me interchange spots 3, 4 and 5, so somebody had to go here. . . . If he had only been able to win a title."

Lenny Wilkens, Nate Archibald, Guy Rodgers (a former teammate of Jazz coach Jerry Sloan in Chicago and set-up man for Wilt Chamberlain, he had some of his best years with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors from 1958-66), Maurice Cheeks and Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters round out the second five.

PACER PLUMS: According to the Indianapolis Star, Pacers rookie Danny Granger "was at an Indianapolis-area hospital until 5 a.m. Saturday after passing out in his car at his house following Friday night's game against Atlanta."

Granger left that game twice to get stitches, once in the first half after Hawks rookie Marvin Williams hit him in the mouth (four stitches) and again in the second half when ex-Pacer Al Harrington hit Granger above his left eye (four more stitches).

"I had a concussion and I had lost so much blood. It was a combination of the two," Granger told the Star. "They did a scan on my brain. Everything is fine now."

The University of New Mexico product did play Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.

Utah native Scot Pollard, who has started five games this season at center, did not play last Sunday for Indiana due to an apparent bout of food poisoning. Pacers center Jeff Foster, battling a strained Achilles tendon, could return sometime on Indiana's current five-game trip, though it may not be as soon as tonight.


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