Star-less Spurs hanging in with struggling Jazz

Published: Monday, April 9 2012 8:20 p.m. MDT

Jazz player Al Jefferson.

Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — John Stockton and Greg Ostertag are at EnergySolutions Arena, but it remains to be seen when or if the Utah Jazz will show up.

Despite San Antonio not having its Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Jazz only lead the short-handed Spurs 47-44 at halftime of this important and very winnable game.

Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz with 11 points and Al Jefferson has scored 10.

Utah is playing without four guys. Earl Watson (knee) will require surgery for his torn meniscus, and C.J. Miles is out with a strained calf.

DeMarre Carroll, a night after scoring a career-high 16 points, was inserted into the Jazz's starting lineup in place of Miles.

DeJuan Blair leads the Spurs, who left their three stars home to rest for the stretch run of the season.

The Jazz, however, have yet to take advantage of that massive roster void. Utah even trailed for a good chunk of the first half.

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