Originally created 04/28/01

Starks won't make trip to Dallas for Game 3



SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz guard John Starks missed Friday's practice and won't make the trip to Dallas for Game 3 of their playoff series with the Mavericks.

Starks, 35, is recovering from surgery to remove a twisted testicle. Until Friday morning he had been listed as questionable for Saturday's game.

It was the second straight day that the Jazz had said Starks was expected to attend practice. In both cases, the team said Starks needed more time to recover from Tuesday's procedure.

Jazz spokesman David Allred said Starks will be evaluated again Saturday night in Utah and that Starks could be available and possibly make the trip to Dallas for Game 4 on Tuesday if the Mavericks extend the series with a win.

Karl Malone missed Friday's practice because one of his children was having dental surgery.

John Crotty also missed practice with a stomach virus, but he and Malone were expected to travel to Dallas.