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Injuries continue to hamper the Jazz

Published March 14, 2011 11:28 am

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The Utah Jazz might have only nine players available for Monday night's game against Philadelphia at EnergySolutions Arena.Paul Millsap (knee), Francisco Elson (knee, ankle), Ronnie Price (toe) and Memo Okur (back) won't play as the Jazz try to snap a two-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Raja Bell is listed as a game-time decision because of a sprained toe and rookie Gordon Hayward is questionable because of a sprained foot.Coach Tyrone Corbin said rookie Derrick Favors will start in place of Millsap, who has not played since March 7 at New York because of tendinitis in his knee.If Bell can't play, C.J. Miles will move into the starting lineup, according to Corbin, whose team is 2-11 since he replaced Jerry Sloan on Feb. 10.After the Jazz's morning shootaround, Bell promised he will try to play but added, "It's your foot, so it's kind of everything you do. Your stride, your run, when you jump."The Jazz come off a 1-3 trip to New York, Toronto, Minnesota and Chicago. They were beaten by an average of 20.3 points and, in those defeats to the Knicks, Timberwolves and Bulls, they allowed an average of 123.7 points.Utah sits 10th in the West with only 15 games remaining in the regular season."We just have to get better," Bell said. "There are a lot of things we need to get better at. So I think the goal is to come in every day and try to get better ... and understand it's not over yet. We're only two games out of the eighth spot. Mathematically, there is still an opportunity there."The game against Philadelphia is the Jazz's fourth at home since Feb. 16. Asked if the players will draw energy from the fans, Bell shrugged and said, "The crowd is always great. We haven't always performed well in the building. So what can I tell you about that? We just need to be better, whether it's at home or on the road."Philadelphia enters the game with a 34-32 record, which is the same as Utah. But the Sixers are 31-19 after a slow start and virtually assured of a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs. "They all seem to be on the same page," said Al Jefferson. "... They are playing real well right now."— Steve Luhm