(Sports Network) - With only three games remaining in the regular season, theUtah Jazz are still fighting for the final postseason spot in the West.
The Jazz will try to stay in contention Friday night versus the MinnesotaTimberwolves in Salt Lake City and are one game behind the Los Angeles Lakersfor the Western Conference's eighth seed. The Lakers are hosting Golden StateFriday night.
Utah is coming off a tough 90-80 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesdayas Kevin Durant just missed a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds andnine assists. Mo Williams scored 19 points, Gordon Hayward had 17 and AlJefferson finished with 15 and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who entered the gamehaving won two in a row and seven of eight.
"We need make sure we come out Friday against Minnesota here and be ready todo the things we need to do to win that game," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin."They're not going to lay down and let us have it. Only thing we can controlis what we do."
After hosting the Timberwolves, Utah, which is 29-11 at home, will close outthe regular season on the road at Minnesota and Memphis.
Minnesota will conclude its final road trip of the season Friday and is 0-2 onthe three-game jaunt.
After losing at Golden State on Tuesday, the Wolves dropped the tail end of aback-to-back Wednesday in a 111-95 defeat at the hands of the Los AngelesClippers. Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points and Derrick Williams notched 13 togo along with 10 rebounds for the Wolves, who have lost three of four games.
"We just didn't have enough tonight," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "Theymade a lot of shots in the third quarter and we ran out of gas. They were theaggressors."
Adelman's club will host Phoenix and Utah in the Twin Cities before puttingthe clamps on the 2012-13 campaign at San Antonio next Wednesday. In injurynews for Minnesota, forward Dante Cunningham (sore right hamstring) is listedas questionable against the Jazz.
Utah is 2-0 against the Timberwolves this season and has won three straightand 14 of the last 20 meetings between the teams. Minnesota has lost sixstraight, 12 of 14 and 16 of its last 21 trips to Salt Lake City.