An Inspired Jazz Effort On Tap?

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Posted by Sekou Smith

SALT LAKE CITY — In our endless search for clues, the HT staff stationed here for tonight’s Game 4 of the Lakers-Jazz Western Conference semifinal series canvassed the city for signs of hope that the Jazz can somehow fend off elimination.

As of right now, we have come up empty.

We’ve heard lots of deflated comments about how the Jazz “hope” (check the video above) to stave off a season-ending fishing trip, they are also trying to avoid the first four-game playoff sweep in franchise history.

“We’re not thinking about that,” Carlos Boozer said. “As funny as it sounds, we feel like we’re getting closer and closer to getting one and something’s got to give on Monday, so hopefully we can get one.”

You expect the stars to say all the right things, just as Deron Williams and Boozer have done in every instance leading up to the tip of Game 4 (keep in mind that no team has ever  recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a series).

But what about the other guys? Do the role players on this Jazz team share the same fire? Do they believe that they have a chance to win and send this series back to Los Angeles for a Game 5 Wednesday night?

“There  are no quitters on this team,” C.J. Miles said. “Guys are going to be ready, guys are going to play. It’s really win or go home now, and i don’t think anybody want’s to go home … well, I know no one wants to go home. So the biggest thing for us is to just go out there and play hard. We are still on our home floor.”

Jazz rookie Wesley Matthews, whose last-second tip would have won Game 3 for the Jazz had it gone down, refuses to concede anything to the Lakers, even with the inevitability of this series’ finale staring him in the face.

“We’re going to come out and fight,” he said. “What else can we do? It’s that or go home. They’ve got to beat us four times. We’ve got nothing to lose. We just have to lay it all on the line and see if we can make history.”

We shall see this evening.

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