Mar 23

Playoff Picture: March 23rd

By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
Holy basketball Batman!

Tonight is LOADED with hoops. The bubble teams (Houston, Phoenix and Utah) have potential for movement tonight, but everyone else in the Western Conference should maintain their current playoff seeding.

Portland did just that with their stomping of the Washington Wizards last night. We remain in 6th place and sit a full game behind the Denver Nuggets in 5th and a full game ahead of the New Orleans Hornets in 7th.

As my daily scoreboard watching continues I find myself rooting for teams that help the Trail Blazers, naturally. So tonight I’ll be watching San Antonio and Denver in the late game on ESPN  and rooting for a Spurs win. Which games will you be watching?

Last night's scores and effects:

The  Washington Wizards were demolished by the  Portland Trail Blazers 76-111 in Portland. With the win the Trail Blazers hold onto 6th place in the West. We’re a game behind the Denver Nuggets and a game ahead of the New Orleans Hornets.

The  Phoenix Suns fell to the  Los Angeles Lakers 137-139 in Los Angeles. In a triple-overtime thriller the Lakers pulled off a win over the ailing Suns. Phoenix is sitting in 10th and barely ahead of the Utah Jazz. (They’re tied with Utah in winning percentage and the tie is broken by Division record, which Phoenix holds just slightly.)

Tonight’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:

 Memphis Grizzlies (39-32) vs.  Boston Celtics (50-19) Win or lose Memphis will stay in the 8th seed in the Western Conference. They currently sit two full games ahead of the Houston Rockets in 9th.

 Utah Jazz (36-35) vs.  Oklahoma City Thunder (45-24)
Utah needs to win to have a chance to move ahead of Phoenix and into 10th place. If Phoenix wins Utah won’t be able to jump them in the standings. The Thunder will stay in 4th with a win or a loss.

 Golden State Warriors (30-41) vs.  Houston Rockets (37-34)
Houston absolutely has to beat Golden State to continue their push to the playoffs. A Houston win coupled with a Memphis loss would bring the Rockets within one game of the Grizz and the final playoff seed.

 Toronto Raptors (20-50) vs.  Phoenix Suns (35-34)
The Suns need to get a win to stay in the hunt. Just like Houston and Utah they’re sitting on the bubble just outside the playoffs. They’re three full games behind Memphis.

 San Antonio Spurs (57-13) vs.  Denver Nuggets (42-29) on ESPN
I’m hoping the Nuggets bite the dust in this one. A loss for Denver will bring the Trail Blazers to within half a game of the 5th seed.

Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:

(Tables courtesy of


  1. Sarah: I will be rooting for the Celtics against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies may not be as big a factor as they once was because of the lost of Gay, but they still win and are not that far behind us in the race. Of course I will be rooting for SAS, but not so much that I want to or think we can over-take Denver if they keep the dominant play up. but from the past, I have been a SAS fan and a anti-Nuggets fan. Although realistically I think you have to tip your hat to their new life after Carmello. I definitely don't want to drop to 7Th, unless the SAS drop completely off because of the loss of Duncan, but I don't think that will happen.

    Seventh spot is fine with me as long as the Mavericks stays in 3Rd

    The Picture is getting more defined, but until we get the x in front of our name, I will be worried.

    by Hg on 3/23/2011 10:30 AM
  2. Sarah - you crack me up - love it - so yes let us cheer for the spurs for just tonight ;) because Friday - they will be going down - Blazer style :)

    by Dio Freeman on 3/23/2011 10:50 AM
  3. @Dio: YES EXACTLY!!

    by sarahhecht on 3/23/2011 10:51 AM
  4. OBTW, I hate the thought of rooting for the Celtics, if The Blazers don't drop out of the play-off picture and stay ahead of the Grizzlies, I would never root for KG and Peirce.

    by Hg on 3/23/2011 11:01 AM
  5. Sarah:

    This is too late for this one and too early for the next one, but I am going to be away from home all Day, well at least by the time you post a new blog LMAO.

    The topic of this post is, I am thinking we can't count on the likes of Denver, NOH and the Grizzlies, therefore we have to take charge of our own destiny and win our games and not root for the help from other teams.

    I am going to quit worrying about where we finish and worry about staying ahead of the ninth place team, at the time, is the Suns which is only 3 games behind us.

    If we consider the Lakers only beat us by 4, that is really a push as 4 pts is nothing in the NBA. Therefore it doesn't matter who we play, what matters is us staying in the play-offs by winning our own games that we should win and about 50% of the games that are questionable.

    Have a beautiful day without me LOL.

    by Hg on 3/24/2011 5:16 AM
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