Hamstring woes sideline Jazz's Boozer

Updated: October 24, 2005, 8:09 PM ET
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Utah Jazz: Forward Carlos Boozer will miss Tuesday night's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly Wednesday night at Houston because of a strained left hamstring.

Jazz trainer Gary Briggs said Monday that Boozer could return for Friday night's home game against Denver but Wednesday night against the Rockets was doubtful.

Boozer hasn't played since injuring his foot Feb. 14 in a game at Phoenix. He said the foot has recovered, but his left hamstring is tender and he's not going to rush back.

"It's gotten a lot stronger. It just depends on how it responds," Boozer said. "I don't want to go out there in a situation where I hurt it again or aggravate it again. That's the kind of line we're toeing right now."

Boozer, entering his second season with the Jazz, led the team in scoring and rebounding before spraining his right foot in February. He didn't play the rest of the season.

Jazz forward Matt Harpring has also not played in Utah's four preseason games because of offseason knee surgery. Briggs said Harpring could return to the lineup this week.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns claimed center Jared Reiner off waivers on Monday.

The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Reiner played seven minutes in three preseason games for the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 1.1 points, two rebounds and 6.9 minutes in 19 games for the Bulls last season.

Reiner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2005. He was released after playing in three preseason games last year, then signed with the Bulls.

The Suns, who have 16 players on their roster, play the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game in Albuquerque on Wednesday night.

Miami Heat: Forward James Posey will likely miss the season opener with a right thumb injury, the South Florida Sun-Sentinal reported.

Posey, listed by the team with a sprain, will wear a removeable cast for two weeks. The cast will allow Posey to continue practicing.

New York Knicks: Quentin Richardson, plagued with hamstring problems throughout the preseason, is in jeopardy of missing opening night against the Celtics.

"The worst thing is to get him back to soon and have him re-injure himself," coach Larry Brown told the New York Post.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.