SALT LAKE CITY - Jazz center Enes Kanter missed Monday's against with the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained right ankle. However, 90 minutes before tipoff his thoughts were on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.
The talented young star underwent surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season. Rose missed all of last season while recovering from a left knee injury.
Kanter, who makes his offseason home in Chicago, said he will pray for Rose.
"That's all you can do," he said.
Kanter, who played in Utah's first 15 games this season, suffered a shoulder injury last March and missed the remainder of the 2012-13 season. He sprained his ankle during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 95-73 loss at Oklahoma City.
He underwent an MRI exam on Monday, which confirmed an inversion sprain. He will be a game-time decision with the Jazz play host to Phoenix on Friday.
As for Rose, he suffered the right knee injury last Friday in Portland, Ore., where the Bulls fell 98-95.
Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, went down during Chicago's playoff opener that season then missed all of last season.
Kanter was sympathetic.
"When I had my shoulder happen I felt so bad," he said. "Mentally, you're just feeling bad. You have surgery then you can't play after. I'm thinking (of Rose), 'He's had two now? It's really tough. I pray for him."
Jazz point guard John Lucas III was a former teammate of Rose's in Chicago.
Speaking before the game, Lucas said he watched Friday's game and saw the 25-year-old go down.
"I saw the look on his face," he said. "I was like, 'Damn, I hope everything's O.K. because I could see the concern on his face."
Veteran Kirk Hinrich started in Rose's place on Monday.
Jazz 89, Bulls 83
BEST PLAY: Jeremy Evans' takes a lob from his good pal and practice partner Gordon Hayward and throws down a dunk at the 1:25 mark of overtime to give Utah an 85-78 lead.
BEST LINE: In a losing effort, Boozer scored 26 points on 12-for-23 shooting and added 16 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
KEY STAT: The Jazz had 22 assists on 33 made field goals, an clear indication their offense was running better than usual this season.
SIDELINE MOMENT: As has become custom, Boozer was booed when he was introduced. He likely thought they were yelling "Booz," as they used to when he played in Utah.
GOBBLE, GOBBLE: The Jazz on Wednesday will host their 15th annual "We Care We Share" Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and low-income residences at EnergySolutions Arena.
In collaboration with the Salt Lake City Mission and Utah Food Services, the Jazz will serve a complete dinner to more than 3,600 guests.
Kanter, Lucas, Rudy Gobert will join the coaching staff, executives, employees and members of the Larry H. Miller family will help serve.
INJURY REPORT: In addition to Kanter, the Jazz went without Andris Biedrins (ankle) and Brandon Rush (knee). ... In addition to Rose, the Bulls went without Jimmy Butler (toe).
ETC.: Marvin Williams had a team-high 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. With Kanter out, he started at power forward and Derrick Favors moved to center. ... Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and had a career-high 12 assists. ... Rookie Trey Burke started at point guard and scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four assists and a steal. He also had five turnovers. ... Hinrich was whistled for a flagrant foul on Lucas in the third quarter. ... Hinrich scored one point on 0-for-4 shooting. ... Luol Deng had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. ... Chicago's bench scored just 13 points.
UP NEXT: The Jazz will play host to the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
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