DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets, who lost two key games over
the weekend, insist they are still in the thick of the playoff
"It's certainly not over," guard Jon Barry said after Denver's
85-83 loss to Utah. "Just got to get back on track with Seattle on
Tuesday, take care of Houston on Friday and see where we're at.
It's certainly a long way from over."
Rookie Carmelo Anthony stopped just short of making a guarantee:
"I think we'll be in pretty good shape, and I think you all will
see us in the playoffs."
With seven games remaining, the Nuggets (38-37) have little time
to turn things around. Utah is a half-game ahead of the Nuggets in
the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
"This thing could change every day," Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik
said. "We just need to win, plain and simple."
Portland (37-35) holds the eighth spot, percentage points ahead
of the Jazz, but the Nuggets hold the tiebreaker against the
Blazers and Jazz should they finish the season deadlocked.
"We're still in control," forward Marcus Camby said. "These
last seven ball games, we have to find a way to win all of them."
Six of the seven games are against Western Conference teams
either in playoff position or playoff contention. The Nuggets
probably need to finish with 42 or 43 wins to capture their first
playoff berth since 1995.
"I know what type of players we have on our team," Anthony
said. "I know how we are collectively. We want to be there, and I
don't see nothing that's holding us back from getting there."
Voshon Lenard, Denver's leading three-point shooter, has missed
the past two games because of a bruised rib cage and is
questionable for Tuesday's home game against Seattle.
"It's hard to know just how Voshon is feeling," Bzdelik said.
"It just takes rest. Every day that goes by is a day that it's not