Playoff Picture: March 28th
By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
Following last night’s tough loss in Oklahoma City the Trail Blazers are back at in again tonight in San Antonio.
Portland was lucky not to lose the 6th seed yesterday. New Orleans is only a half a game behind us in the standings and a win for them last night would have bumped the Trail Blazers down to 7th.
The Hornets don’t play today, but due to Portland’s narrow lead a loss for the Trial Blazers would result in New Orleans jumping us into 6th. We would tie in winning percentage and then lose the head-to-head tiebreaker 2-1.
Luckily for the Trail Blazers we’ve shown that we know how to beat the Spurs. Best record in the NBA or not, Portland’s got San Antonio’s number. It helps that the Spurs will be without the assistance on Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They’re also on the second night of a back-to-back just like we are, so tired legs should be shared by all.
Here’s the meat and potatoes of tonight:
- Portland win, remain in 6th
- Portland loss, fall to 7th
Do you think we can pull it off and drop the best team in the league for a THIRD time this season? What do you predict?
Last night's scores and effects:
The Houston Rockets lost to the Miami Heat 119-125
in Miami. It wasn’t a good night for the Rockets. Their loss coupled with the Memphis win leaves Houston bruised and two and a half games out of the 8th seed. They need to close the gap, not let it grow.
The San Antonio Spurs were stunned by the Memphis Grizzlies 104-111
in Memphis. The Grizz pulled off a huge win. Houston was knocking on their door and the Grizz took control and slammed it in their faces. They’re still in 8th and have a two and a half game lead over the Rockets. The Spurs remain in 1st in the Western Conference.
The Portland Trail Blazers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 90-99
in Oklahoma City. In a game that was closer than the final score demonstrates the Thunder maintained their 4th seed in the West. Portland could have been bumped down to 7th with the loss, but New Orleans succumbed to the LA Lakers and lost the opportunity to move into 6th.
The New Orleans Hornets were defeated by the LA Lakers 84-102
in Los Angeles. The Lakers kept a hold on their 2nd seed in the West while the Hornets missed a chance to jump the Trail Blazers in the standings. New Orleans is still in 7th and only a half game behind Portland.
The Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 91-83
in Phoenix. The Mavs kept their 3rd seed with the defeat of the Suns. Unfortunately for Phoenix their gap to reach the playoffs grew to four full games. They still sit in 10th in the Western Conference.
Tonight’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:
Portland Trail Blazers (42-31) vs. San Antonio Spurs (57-16)
Another big game and another night with movement implications for the Trail Blazers. With New Orleans only half a game behind, Portland has to down the Spurs again to remain in 6th place. A loss wold result in a tie for 6th with NOLA in winning percentage. The tie would go to the Hornets who hold the series record over the Trail Blazers this season 2-1 dropping Portland down to 7th in the West.
Washington Wizards (17-55) vs. Utah Jazz (36-38)
Utah hasn’t officially been eliminated from playoff contention, but they’re pretty close. At five full games behind Memphis in 8th Utah is coming down to a point in the season where they have to win. Tonight would be a good place to start. They’ll remain in 11th regardless of the outcome but a win would help close the gap.
Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:
(Tables courtesy of NBA.com)