SALT LAKE CITY — Devin Harris walked out of the locker room following this morning's shootaround and anticipated reporters' first question to him.
"Three words: Game. Time. Decision," Harris said, smiling.
Paul Millsap, on the other hand, was not at the arena to give his update. The Jazz's starting power forward did not participate in this morning's strategy session and is also a game-time decision with a stomach virus.
Second-year big man Derrick Favors will start in his place if Millsap can't go after being re-evaluated later this afternoon, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
But the Jazz are counting on Harris to be in the starting lineup again tonight at 7 when they take on the Golden State Warriors at EnergySolutions Arena in what is all but a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Harris missed Wednesday's 107-105 loss to Phoenix after spraining his left ankle in the Jazz's win at Portland on Monday.
"He went through a good practice yesterday and he was in shootaround this morning," Corbin said. "I think there's a high chance he'll go."
Harris didn't feel limited by his ankle at Thursday's practice. The veteran playmaker said his ankle felt good but remains a bit sore.
"We need a win," he added.
The Jazz (28-27) beat the Warriors (21-32) a few weeks ago in Utah, but a diminished Golden State squad that traded Monta Ellis and didn't have Stephen Curry forced an overtime before falling.
Despite accusations of tanking this season away — so it can keep its top-seven protected pick otherwise headed to Utah — Golden State actually comes into this contest as the hotter of the two teams.
The Warriors beat Minnesota on Wednesday, snapping a six-game losing streak. Utah has lost four of its last five games, including two straight setbacks at home.
The Jazz are 1-1/2 games out of a playoff spot behind Houston and Denver.
"We're holding on well," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "At the end of the day, there's 11 games to go and we're only a game and a half out. It looks pretty good. I still like our chances. We've got to stay together."
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