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Western Conference Playoff Report: April 7

Yesterday the Jazz won an epic game with epic performances while NBA TV broadcasted a non-epic Spurs/Kings matchup which I really didn't want to watch. The slightly good news is that the Kings didn't just roll over and made the Spurs play their regulars nearly regular minutes: Timmy Duncan 28, Ginobili 33, Jefferson 33, McDyess 29. Tony Parker came off the bench for 16 minutes. Still, I doubt that will matter tonight versus the Suns. This is a big one.

The Jazz have claimed sole position of the 2 seed while idle Dallas fell a half game back, the Suns take the 4 and the Nuggets fall to 6. The Spurs and OKC switch spots at 6 and 7 respectively. This is a good time to be an NBA fan, unless you have anxiety issues.

In case you were wondering about potential tie breakers:

OKC/UTAH- tied 2-2 (doubt that will come into play)
DEN/OKC- Den 2-1 (the two play tonight)
SUNS/SAS- tied 1-1 (the two play tonight)
DAL/UTAH- Utah 2-1
DEN/SAS- Den 2-1 (one left to play)
SAS/PTL- Port 3-0
SAS/OKC- Spurs 3-1
DAL/SUNS- Dal 2-1


Utah Jazz 140 Oklahoma City Thunder 139- All the media outlets are now calling the Western Conference "The Wild West," and I doubt they'll stop after this game. Durant took on Williams in this one, and Williams won the "shootout" with a 20 footer with 1.1 left. Durant's 3 with time expiring missed, but I think you and I all saw a foul on the play. At least I did.(Game Recap)

San Antonio Spurs 95 Sacramento Kings 86- Garrett "What's His Name" Temple started in place of injured George Hill and scored a career high 15 points and added 4 assists. Richard Jefferson added 18, to leade 6 Spurs in double figures. (Game Recap)

Western Conference Standings:

TEAM W L PCT GB L10 STREAK

1.  LA Lakers

55 22 .714 - 6-4 LOST 1

2. Utah

51 27 .654 4.5
7-3 WON 1

3. Dallas

50 27 .649 5 5-5 LOST 2

4. SUNS

50 27 .649 5 9-1 LOST 1

5. Denver

50 27 .649 5 5-5 WON 2
6.  San Antonio
48 29 .623 7 7-3 WON 4
7.  Oklahoma City
48 29 .623 7 6-4 LOST 1
8.  Portland
47 30 .610 8
8-2 WON 1

 

April 7 Western Conference Games of Significance:

Spurs @ Suns
Utah @Houston
Denver @ Oklahoma City
Memphis @ Dallas
Portland @ LA Clippers