SAN ANTONIO No more waiting, no more guessing, no more speculating on who really wants what.
The Jazz finally will reach that point tonight, when they face the San Antonio Spurs in the final game of the 2007-08 NBA regular season.
And when Phoenix finishes its game with Portland, which should come shortly after the Jazz and Spurs conclude.
That's when Utah will know for sure if it opens first-round NBA postseason play against Houston, Phoenix or San Antonio; at home or on the road; as the No. 3 seed or the No. 4 seed in the NBA's Western Conference.
If it is to be as a No. 3 seed with home-court advantage, it would require a win tonight in a city where the Jazz haven't won since 1999.
Beyond that, so much remains up in the air.
Jerry Sloan, whose team knew last year it was locked into a first-round series with Houston for quite some time before the playoffs began, would have it no other way.
"I think it's great you have to play games and they have some value to them at the end of the season," Sloan said after the Jazz's morning shootaround at AT&T Center here. "I think that's what fans like."
Most Jazz players, though, would just like to know who, where and when.
Carlos Boozer's preference?
"I'd rather win out," Boozer said. "I don't care who it ends being, I don't care who we play. We'll be prepared for whoever it is."
A brief recap:
• The Jazz will open this weekend at Phoenix if ... Utah loses tonight, Houston loses tonight at home against the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix wins tonight at home against Portland.
• The Jazz will have home-court advantage against the Suns if ... Utah beats San Antonio and Phoenix loses to Portland.
• The Jazz will open this weekend at Houston if ... Utah loses at San Antonio and Houston beats the Clippers.
• The Jazz will have home-court against the Rockets if ... Utah loses to San Antonio, Houston loses to the Clippers and Phoenix loses to Portland, or if ... Utah and Phoenix win and Houston loses.
• The Jazz will open this weekend at home against San Antonio if ... Utah wins at San Antonio, Houston wins over the Clippers and Phoenix wins against Portland.NOTES: Jazz point guard Deron Williams (bruised butt) still is sore, but plans to play tonight.... According to a Web update today from the San Antonio Express-News, Spurs super sub Manu Ginobili, who has missed the last three games with a groin strain, "is expected to play" tonight.... Because of national ESPN coverage, start time for tonight's game has been changed from 6 p.m. (mountain) to 7:30 p.m. (mountain).
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