Originally created 11/12/06

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JAZZ: Forward Andrei Kirilenko left Utah's game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.

Kirilenko appeared to roll the ankle while vying for a loose ball on the left sideline with Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova. He quickly grabbed his right leg in pain and limped off the court to the Jazz bench, putting no pressure on the leg.

A short time later, Kirilenko was helped to the Utah locker room. He was not expected to return.

There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury.

Through six games this season, the 6-foot-9 Kirilenko had averaged 8.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and three assists. Kirilenko, who is from Russia, has struggled with injuries in recent years.

MAGIC: Forward Grant Hill was inactive for Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, part of the Magic's plan to rest the injury-prone star more this season.

Grant Hill missed 15 games last season, including the final seven with a bruised left shin.

CELTICS: Boston was without two starters and a key reserve as forwards Wally Szczerbiak and Al Jefferson, and center Theo Ratliff sat out against the Cavaliers with injuries.



NEXT GAME: vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday, 7 p.m.


And this too shall pass. The Hawks saw their four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday night, as Ray Allen and the SuperSonics snuck out of Atlanta with an overtime win.

After losing their season-opener to the 76ers in Philadelphia, the Hawks reeled off four consecutive wins, including an overtime victory of their own in Cleveland.

While the win streak was snapped for the first-place Hawks, Atlanta fans didn't leave empty-handed, getting to see a postgame performance by T.I.


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