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Utah's Harpring sits out vs. Raptors with flulike virus

11/14/2007 - NBA Matt Harpring Utah Jazz + more

TORONTO -- Utah forward Matt Harpring missed Wednesday's
game at Toronto because of a flulike virus.

"Over the last couple of years, he's been a huge part of what
we do," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He gives us a player off
the bench who can score some. The rest of the time, somebody else
has to pick it up. We'll see what happens."

Harpring skipped Wednesday morning's shootaround because he was
feeling ill, and was officially scratched about an hour before the
game.

Sloan said C.J. Miles could see increased minutes in Harpring's
absence. Rookie forward Morris Almond took Harpring's place on the
roster for the game against the Raptors.

Harpring also missed Saturday's game against Memphis, the second
game of a back-to-back, because of soreness in his right knee,
which was surgically repaired during the offseason. He returned for
Monday's game against Sacramento, scoring 10 points in 13 minutes.

Harpring is averaging 8 points and 2.3 rebounds in seven games
this season.