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Western Conference Playoff Report: April 1st

Recapping the Western Conference action in the Suns chase for the playoffs

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Is anyone else just kind of happy the Suns have a couple days off here?  I know a lot of times after a bad loss you want to immediately watch your team play again to serve as a palate cleanser of sorts but for me there are some times when I find a loss so disappointing that I need to take a few plays off.  It allows me to put things in perspective and consider such questions as "Are we really supposed to believe Ted didn't pine for Robin over the entire course of his 10 year relationship with the Mother?", "How many actors from The Wire are going to die on The Blacklist this season?", and "Is it possible to rip open another man's throat with your teeth?"

You know - the important stuff.

Monday March 31st Key Western Conference Results:

Memphis Grizzlies 94 Denver Nuggets 92 (Recap) -  Did you know before last night the Grizzlies had lost 28 of their last 30 games in Denver?  Well they definitely had.  Unfortunately that streak of bad luck did not continue last night.  Coming into the altitude of Denver, on the 2nd end of a back to back, the Grizz took care of business last night.  Every time I checked in with the score last night Denver was hanging relatively tough with Memphis and even had a chance to tie the game, down 3, with 7 seconds remaining.  For reasons I don't really even want to know Denver decided the best course of action was to run a play for 7 foot 1 Timofey Mozgov to shoot a three pointer.  Mr. Mozgov was up until that point shooting 1/12 from long distance on the season - a percentage that makes him a more dangerous long distance threat than Ish Smith (seriously) but still not anyone you'd want trying to tie the game.  I wasn't watching the game so my assumption was that the Mozgov attempt was the result of a broken play -  I was not correct.  I'll let the man himself take it home:

"We know that I can make 3s," Mozgov said. "We tried. I just missed it. It wasn't good."

What?  Other stuff happened but when Timofey Mozgov is attempting game-tying threes on plays that were actually drawn up for him all that other stuff is irrelevant.

Current Western Conference Standings:

1.San Antonio
58 16 .784 - 10-0 WON 18
2. Oklahoma City
54 19 .740 3.5
8-2 WON 2
3. LA Clippers
53 22 .707 5.5 8-2 WON 3
4. Houston 49 23 .681 8 6-4 LOST 1
5. Portland
48 27 .640 10.5 6-4 WON 3
6. Golden State
45 28 .616 12.5 6-4 LOST 1
7. Dallas
44 30 .595 14 6-4 LOST 1
8. Memphis
44 30 .595 14
6-4 WON 1
44 30 .595 14 8-2 LOST 1

Tuesday April 1st Western Conference Games of Significance:

Trail Blazers @ Lakers  - I bet the Blazers won't get blown out by the Lakers tonight because I mean who would do that, right?

Warriors @ Mavericks -  The Warriors Bogut/Lee front court is unlikely to play in this one which makes it quite a bit less likely that they'll win the game.  If Dallas loses tonight they'll go from 7th in the West to 9th in the West.  Get used to this kind of thing folks.

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