The NBA season is winding down and there is still much to be decided in the Western Conference after the San Antonio Spurs were defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-91 on April 8. The Spurs loss coupled with Oklahoma City’s 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings 107-92, prevents San Antonio from clinching the top seed in the race for the playoffs – at least temporarily.
With exactly a week remaining in the NBA season, as of today (April 9), there is still much to be decided in the Western Conference. The only sure thing is that five teams – San Antonio , Oklahoma City, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston and Portland – will be play in postseason though the seeds of those teams are still to be determined.
San Antonio lost for the second time in their past three games as Ricky Rubio scored 23 points and Gorgui Deng produced a double-double – 12 points and 15 – to propel the lottery bound Timberwolves past them. The Spurs are 3.5 games up on the Thunder for the top spot in the conference. San Antonio has four games remaining while Oklahoma City has five games left.
Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah also have been eliminated from playoff competition.
The rest of the article will look at the nine teams battling for the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference.