Utah Jazz cling to playoff hopes as Dallas comes to town

Published: Monday, April 16 2012 12:47 a.m. MDT

"We still think we've got a chance. We're not counting ourselves out," Millsap said. "We'll never do that. The mood in the locker room is still there. Everybody still believe. We've just got to get out there and just do it."

That's easier said than done considering the defending NBA champions have beaten the Jazz seven straight times, including once in Utah this season.

Plus, aside from the four aforementioned injuries, the Jazz are also unsure whether new starter DeMarre Carroll (mild concussion) will be able to play. Jeremy Evans has been out three games with a sprained right ankle, and Paul Millsap (wrist) and Gordon Hayward (thigh) are playing through injuries.

But Millsap said the Jazz "aren't going to use any type of excuses" after Saturday's loss, and they'll take that same must-win-despite-adversity approach into tonight's tilt.

Bottom line, he added, "Our best bet is to win out and hopefully it works itself out."

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