Boozer sits out Jazz finale with strained oblique

Utah forward Carlos Boozer missed the Jazz’s regular season

finale with a strained muscle in his right ribcage.

Boozer, Utah’s leading scorer and rebounder, did not dress for

Wednesday’s home game against Phoenix as both teams tried to clinch

the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Boozer strained his

oblique muscle on Tuesday night early in Utah’s win at Golden


It was just the fourth game the Jazz have been without Boozer,

who is averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds for Utah.