Originally created 05/08/00

Ailing Malone likely to play in Game 2



PORTLAND, Ore. -- Karl Malone rested his left knee Monday but expects to play Tuesday night when the Jazz face the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of their second-round series.

Malone stayed at the team's hotel while the Jazz practiced at Lewis & Clark College. The 36-year-old star forward is listed as probable for Game 2, but the injury shouldn't significantly slow him.

"We all know Karl will be there," guard John Stockton said. "If his leg's broken, we know he'll be there and play well, and you can't really stop and think about it."

Malone strained a ligament in his left knee with 3´ minutes left in the second quarter of Sunday's 94-75 loss to the Blazers. Teammate Armen Gilliam dived for a rebound and tumbled into the chair Malone was sitting on at the end of the bench.

Malone appeared to injure himself trying to get out of the way and caught his left foot under his chair, twisting his knee.

Malone limped to the locker room and limped slightly when he came out after halftime. But he scored 12 points in the period to keep the Jazz in the game.

Malone has missed just six of 1,192 games in his career -- three because of injury and three to suspension. The last time he got hurt was 1989, when he missed two games with a sprained ankle.