Mar 21

Playoff Picture: March 21st

By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs

It was a tough loss for the Trail Blazers in Los Angeles last night. The game was hard fought from start to finish. Behind the stellar performance of Nicolas Batum Portland held control through much of the game.

Then the Kobe Show started. Again. Kobe turned it on in the final minutes. ARGH.

I don’t want to face the Lakers in the first round. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d rather take on Dallas. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not scared to face Los Angeles, but I would rather leave Kobe and the giants of the Lakers to a later round. I think we have a better chance at beating the Mavs, plain and simple.

But, we move on. We still hold the 6th seed in the Western Conference and we’re a half a game ahead of New Orleans in the 7th seed.

Last night's scores and effects:

The  Phoenix Suns beat the  LA Clippers 108-99 in Los Angeles. This win moved the Suns up a spot into 10th and leaves them two full games behind Memphis in the 8th and final playoff seed.

The  Utah Jazz fell to the  Houston Rockets 108-110 in Houston. The Rockets jumped from 11th to 9th with this win while the Jazz did just the opposite and moved from 9th to 11th.

The  Toronto Raptors toppled the  Oklahoma City Thunder 95-93 in Oklahoma City. This was the most shocking game of the night for me. Durant missed the buzzer-beater and the 45-win Thunder were dropped by the 19-win Raptors. Wow, just wow. The loss doesn’t move Oklahoma City at all. They’re still sitting comfortably in the 4th seed in the West.

The  Golden State Warriors were stomped by the  Dallas Mavericks 73-101 in Dallas. The Mavs maintained the 3rd seed in the West with their rout of the Warriors. They still sit a full game behind the LA Lakers in 2nd.

The  Portland Trail Blazers were defeated by the  LA Lakers 80-84 in Los Angeles. The Lakers clinched the Pacific division with their win. They’re still holding onto the 2nd seed in the West and even with the loss Portland remains in the 6th seed.

Tonight’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:

 Utah Jazz (36-34) vs.  Memphis Grizzlies (38-32) Memphis needs to win this game. The Grizz need to widen the gap between the 9th, 10th and 11th place teams that are pushing for their playoff spot. Utah currently sits in 11th and a will push them up to 10th. Memphis won’t be dropped from the 8th seed if they lose, but their lead on Houston in the 9th spot will decrease to only one full game. I want the Grizz further behind us so I’m pulling for the Jazz in this one, even though their on the second night of a back-to-back.

 Golden State Warriors (30-40) vs.  San Antonio Spurs (56-13)
I’ll be surprised if the Spurs don’t take this one, especially with the Warriors on night two of a back-to-back. A win for San Antonio keeps them in 1st in the Western Conference, as does a loss. Golden State is in 12th and too behind to make the playoffs without a miracle.

 Toronto Raptors (20-49) vs.  Denver Nuggets (41-29)
I hope the Toronto miracle continues another night. A win for the Raptors would decrease the Nuggets lead over the Trail Blazers to a half a game. A win for Denver would increase the gap to a game and a half. Show the Nuggets what you got Jerryd Bayless.

Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:

Not much going on tonight in the hoops world. Only a few Western Conference games and a break from March Madness. What will you be watching? Boston vs. New York might be fun...

(Tables courtesy of


  1. Good Morning Sarah:
    I too am pulling a turn coat and rooting for Utah, My bother-in-law is LHAO. I want as much distance between the Blazers and Grizzlies as possible. Of course a win by Toronto would be nice but I am not so much worried about moving up to 5Th as I am moving down to 8Th or out of the play-offs.

    As I said before, I don't care who we meet in the play-offs, since getting home court advantage is almost out of the question. Well, unless OKC continues their play of last night.

    I know that SAS is the team in first place, but like you, I think the defending champions is the team to beat. I don't think any of the bottom four teams can beat them, so in that respect I don't want to play the Lakers in the first round either. In a second round or so we are younger and would have more confidence and may overtake them, because they are not that much better then we are right now. Take away that half court shot, Camby's turned ankle, and 5 missed free throws and the game would have been different. I think Camby's injury took the starch out of the Blazers attack.

    Oops getting off course. Keep the play-off pictures coming, I am loving it.

    by Hg on 3/21/2011 9:14 AM
  2. Kobe is a beast but Pau Gasol is the catalyst of the Lakers.

    by mbmurr1 on 3/21/2011 9:31 AM
  3. @mbmurr: Why do you think Gasol is the catalyst? In the last two games against the Trail Blazers it's been Kobe whose taken control in the 4th and pushed for the win.

    by sarahhecht on 3/21/2011 9:36 AM
  4. Yeah, right now I'm thinking 6th place is right where we want to be. Obviously keep trying for 5th, but as we have the hardest schedule left in the NBA, it seems unrealistic for us to overpower the Nuggets, who have been playing surprisingly - and disappointingly - well. The only other favorable matchup option is dropping down to 8th to face the Spurs. Which isn't really an option with the glut of teams down there. Portland vs. Dallas it is.

    by Symokoto on 3/21/2011 11:37 AM
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