I do believe that Every Game is important in the Stretch run to the playoffs. In our target to reach the playoffs this season. That is the first milestone for the season.
There are a few things I have discounted after our loss to Denver Tonight.
A) We will not be Seeded Higher than Denver. Their Record is 38-27. We are 3 losses behind and they have only 17 Games remaining. even if we manage to have an Even record, they own the tie-breaker. So OVERTAKING them in the standings is highly unlikely.
B) We will not be Seeded higher than Portland. The same principle applies.Their record is 37-27. We are 3 losses behind them and they on the tie-breaker even if we manage to catch-up. Another unlikely Scenario.
That leaves Memphis and New Orleans to aim for.
I will not break down ALL their games. But if we make the Playoffs and Where we Stand come playoff time depends on their play and more importantly, making the playoffs is in our hands.
1) Memphis - 36-30 Record. Same No.of losses as us and owns the tiebreaker. We must have a beter recoed than Memphis for anything better than an 8Th Seed.
2) New Orleans - 38-29 Record - We are just 1 Loss behind them and they have only 15 games remaining. But ur best bet is catching up with New Orleans.
Our 4 Most Important Games are :-
Phx @ NO - March 16 -
NO @ Phx - March 25
Mem @ NO - April 01
Phx @ NO - April 08
NO @ Mem - April 10
Looking at the schedule I am still expecting all 3 teams to win about 10-12 games of their balance 15-19 games.
But winning the 3 games against NO puts our Playoff Fortunes firmly in our hands and
If NO beats MEM the 2 games, we can even expect a 7th Seed. Which is the highest we can acheive. (Realistically).
I ain't even sure if we want that, But go Ahead. MARK YOUR CALANDARS FOR THESE GAMES.