Kirilenko hopes to return by Game 3

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko says he hopes to return to the Jazz by Game 3 of their second-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kirilenko sat out Utah's first-round win over Denver and missed most of the last month of the regular season with a strained left calf.

Kirilenko said Saturday that his calf has been feeling better and Game 2 on Tuesday in Los Angeles is a slight possibility, but he says Game 3 next Saturday in Utah is the target for his return. The Jazz and Lakers open the second round Sunday in Los Angeles.

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