The gauntlet is complete, the race has been run, the marathon is finished. After the Memphis Grizzlies' 95-83 win over the Indiana Pacers (eliminating them from the playoffs) it is finally for playoff basketball in Memphis once again. Some major happenings in the Western Conference tonight...
- Oklahoma City is out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008-2009 because of the tiebreaker the New Orleans Pelicans have over them.
- With New Orleans' victory over the San Antonio Spurs, it means all five Southwest division teams are in the playoffs. This hasn't happened in the NBA since 2005-2006 with the Central division in the Eastern Conference.
- That Pelicans win was huge. San Antonio drops from the second seed to the six due to the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies winning.
|Golden State Warriors (66-15 at the time of posting.)"]">1 Golden State Warriors (66-15 at the time of posting.)|
|8 New Orleans Pelicans (45-37)|
|Portland Trail Blazers (51-31)"]">4 Portland Trail Blazers (51-31)|
|5 Memphis Grizzlies (55-27)|
|Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)"]">3 Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)|
|6 San Antonio Spurs (55-27)|
|2 Houston Rockets (56-26)|
|Dallas Mavericks (50-32)"]">7 Dallas Mavericks (50-32)|
Memphis holds the tiebreaker over San Antonio, Houston holds the tiebreaker over Los Angeles.
It played out almost exactly as predicted in my playoff scenario article from last week. The result of the realist view is some good, and some bad.
- Good- Home Court Advantage against a Portland team possibly more banged up than the Grizzlies are due to having a better overall record than them. Also, SAN ANTONIO IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRACKET THANK YOU SO MUCH.
- Bad- A potential second round date with the scorching hot Golden State Warriors if they get past the New Orleans Pelicans (likely.) The six seed would have meant dealing with Los Angeles, Houston and/or Dallas.