Bobcats welcome Jazz to Charlotte
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz are battling through a rough road trip and will try to get back on track tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Utah is just 1-2 so far on the swing and dropped a 95-87 decision to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at the Verizon Center. Carlos Boozer chipped in a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven rounds for the Jazz, who will also visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
C.J. Miles netted 16 points and point guard Deron Williams, who missed the first six games of the season with a sprained left ankle, had eight points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists. Utah opened the season winning six of seven games.
Williams' ankle is acting up again and he is doubtful for Friday's game as is forward Andrei Kirilenko (finger). Meanwhile, center Mehmet Okur (personal) is out indefinitely. Okur was excused by the team to attend to a family illness in his native Turkey. The big man is currently in his fifth season with the Jazz and is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Charlotte will continue a six-game homestand on Friday and is 1-2 on the residency after losing two in a row. In Tuesday's 88-80 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Jason Richardson had 23 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four of their last five games. Richardson, though, is expected to miss a week of action after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday. He is averaging 17.6 points this season.
Adam Morrison had 16 points while Gerald Wallace chipped in 13 points, seven boards and three steals in defeat. The Bobcats will also host Orlando and Dallas on the homestand.
Utah and Charlotte split a pair of meetings last season, but the Jazz have won two of the past three encounters.
The Jazz are winless in their previous two trips to Charlotte.
11/14 15:48:37 ET