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Miles rejoins Jazz for tonight's game at Phoenix; Boozer could also see some minutes

PHOENIX — Jazz shooting guard C.J. Miles is back and ready to return to his bid for playing time at shooting guard.

Miles played in last Friday's preseason win at Detroit, but rather than continue with the team to Milwaukee for Saturday's exhibition with the Bucks the 20-year-old traveled to Texas for the funeral of his maternal grandmother.

Miles caught up with the club Sunday in Phoenix, and will be available to play tonight when the Jazz — who are completing a three-game trip — face the Suns in the fourth of their eight preseason games.

The Dallas-area high school product is in a battle for playing time at the 2 spot with sophomore Ronnie Brewer, rookie Morris Almond and veteran Gordan Giricek — with Brewer now favored to replace last season's starter, current Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher.

Meanwhile, Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer (back with the team after tending to his ill son) should play a few minutes tonight. Backup small forward Matt Harpring (knee, ankle rehab) will not play.

The Suns will be without starting big man Amare Stoudemire, who is still about a week away from starting to practice again following Oct. 1 arthroscopic knee surgery.


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