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Utah Jazz Injury Update: Enes Kanter Expected to Miss 2-3 Weeks

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COMMENTARY | For a guy who had just dislocated his left shoulder, Enes Kanter sounded quite upbeat during his postgame interview on March 27.

In fact, when told that he'd probably get some sympathy from the ladies, he responded with a terse, "Oh, they already texted me."

Then, when reporters pointed out his sling and how it might get in the way of his stylish off-court wardrobe, he jokingly said, "I still look good. I still look good."

Kanter's comments are definitely enjoyable, but his injury, which is expected to keep him sidelined for two to three weeks, is nothing to laugh at.

Having gone to the game myself, I saw just how grotesque it truly was. To see Kanter's arm dangling out of place was enough to make me, and thousands of others, cringe.

It all happened when Kanter jostled with fellow foreigner Hamed Haddadi for a loose ball during the second quarter of the Jazz's 103-88 win against the Phoenix Suns.

"He dive for the loose ball and I dive, too," Haddadi said. "We both went for the basketball and I don't know what happened after that. But when I saw his shoulder I say, 'Ouch.'"

Ouch indeed. The timing of the injury couldn't be worse as the Jazz strive to leapfrog the Los Angeles Lakers -- and fend off the Dallas Mavericks -- for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

Plus, Kanter, who is one of the Jazz's top defenders, was starting to make great strides on offense. In the 13 contests preceding the Suns game, No. 0 averaged 11.5 points on nearly 60 percent shooting.

While Kanter is out, Coach Corbin may extend the minutes of his other three giants, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors, or turn to former dunk champion Jeremy Evans, who has played well when given the opportunity. In the three games in which he received at least 20 minutes of PT, Evans collected 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting.

Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.

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