March 29th Western Conference Playoff Race Update

Pretty solid day standings wise for the boys from PHX.  The Spurs may have bashed the Celtics but Denver and Oklahoma City lost while the Suns won.  Not perfect but I'll take it.  Anyone else get the feeling that it's going to be Dallas in the 2, Utah in the 3, and the Suns holding home court over Denver in round 1?  Then again with as tight as it is almost nothing would surprise me.  

Sunday March 28th Western Conference Results:

Milwaukee Bucks 108 Memphis Grizzlies 103 (Recap) - I took Houston off for this morning's recap and might quickly be giving the Grizz the same treatment.  This Memphis loss put Denver, Dallas, and Utah in the playoffs and put the Grizz playoff hopes on life support.  Zach Randolph put up 31-15 in the overtime loss.

Orlando Magic 103 Denver Nuggets 97 (Recap) - After stealing a game in Toronto, the Nuggets got back to what has become a new and fantastic losing trend, falling to the Magic.  If I gave you 10 guesses as to who led the Magic in scoring in this game you'd probably need every single one to come up with J.J. Redick who had 23 for the Magicians.  With the loss Denver is just 5-5 in their last 10 and only a half-game up on the Suns.  Take a look at the next 6 for the Nuggets - @Dallas, v. Portland, v. Clippers, @OKC, v. Lakers, v. Spurs.  Good luck fellas.  

Phoenix Suns 111 Minnesota Timberwolves 105 (Recap) - The beautiful and talented Wil Cantrell covered this one right on this very website so check that out.  We won.   

Portland Trail Blazers 92 Oklahoma City Thunder 87 (Recap) - This is one of those no-lose situation Western Conference games that we're all going to get very familiar with over the next couple weeks.  Portland won a tough road game behind 26 from Andre Miller and 20 from Brandon Roy to pull even closer to the pack in the West.  The way the standings look right now could be completely inverted in 2 weeks - it's that close.  

San Antonio Spurs 94 Boston Celtics 73 (Recap)  - Come on guys...did you expect the Spurs to curl up in a ball and quit just because Tony Parker went out?  I for one have seen enough horror movies to know that you actually have to kill the bad guy to finish him off - and sometimes that isn't even enough.  San Antonio used 28 from Manu Ginobili to hand Boston it's worst home loss of the year.  Don't look now but the evil Argentinian guard is averaging 28.2 points per game in his last 5.  

Western Conference Standings:

 

TEAM W L PCT GB L10 STREAK
1.  LA Lakers 54 19 .740 - 8-2 WON 1
2.  Dallas 48 25 .658 6
6-4 WON 1
3.  Denver 48 26 .649 6.5 5-5 LOST 1
4.  Utah 48 26 .649 6.5 6-4 WON 1
5.  SUNS 47 26 .644 7 8-2 WON 7
6.  San Antonio 44 28 .611 9.5 7-3 WON 2
7.  Oklahoma City 44 28 .611 9.5 6-4 LOST 1
8.  Portland 45 29 .608 9.5
8-2 WON 3
-  Memphis 38 35 .521 16 6-4 LOST 2

Monday March 29th Western Conference Games:

Spurs @ Nets - The good news: San Antonio played last night.  The bad news: They are playing the Nets.  You know how this is going to end.

Nuggets @ Mavericks - Now this is the kind of game I can get behind.  No matter who wins there will be some sort of positive result.  If Denver loses the Suns will pull even with the Nuggets in the standings and if Dallas loses the Suns will be just a half game behind the Mavs.  So sit back and root for exhaustion.  

Knicks @ Jazz - If you saw the way the Knicks looked against the Suns on Friday night you should just assume the Jazz are going to add a half-game to their lead on the Suns and move on.

Lakers @ Hornets - I'm including this in case any of you jokers still think anyone can catch the Lakers.  I won't be doing it again.


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