Anthony: 'You all will see us in the playoffs'

Updated: March 29, 2004, 4:05 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets, who lost two key games over the weekend, insist they are still in the thick of the playoff race.

"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 too good."

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