With less than one week left of the NBA regular season, playoff spots are starting to be finalized. Compared to the Eastern Conference, the West is a much tighter race. Here’s what the playoff seeding in the Western Conference looks like so far:
- Golden State Warriors* (70-9)
- San Antonio Spurs* (65-14)
- Oklahoma City Thunder* (54-25)
- Los Angeles Clippers* (51-28)
- Portland Trail Blazers* (43-37)
- Memphis Grizzlies* (42-37)
- Dallas Mavericks (41-38)
- Utah Jazz (39-40)
- Houston Rockets (38-41)
The Houston Rockets can potentially make the playoffs if they win the rest of their games, so there is still some hope for them.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors (70-9) are three games away from beating the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls record of (72-10). They are on track to capping off their historic season with the new record and cannot lose any of their remaining three games if they hope to do so. Their last three games are against Memphis (twice) and one more vs San Antonio. However despite being so close to breaking it, head coach Steve Kerr is said to not be focused on that, and will instead be resting his best players before the playoffs.
Golden State has already secured the top seed along with home-court advantage for the first two games and will most likely be playing Utah in the first round, unless Houston can find a way to make the playoffs and take the 8th seed.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are notorious for making the playoffs, but never advancing past the Western Conference Finals. Blake Griffin was out for 45 games after being suspended for punching a team equipment manager and then breaking his shooting hand. The suspension was for five games without pay, which began when Griffin was cleared to play and was considered active.
According to ESPN.com, Griffin will lose $859,442 from his season salary of $18,907,725. The Clippers will donate Griffin’s salary from the five games to charities that help disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles, and Griffin will also be donating his time to the organizations.
Griffin’s absence was a significant hit for the Clippers because he is still very rusty since returning and this is a crucial time for the team as the playoffs get closer.
Los Angeles Lakers
Now I know that the Lakers are nowhere near playoff contention (16-63), but I thought it was worth talking about Kobe Bryant’s last game. Currently, the cheapest ticket for Kobe’s last game on April 13th vs Utah at the Staples Center is $806 according to SeatGeek.
And if you thought that was absurd, check out the newest items in the Kobe Bryant 24 Collection on NBAStore.com.
There are only two of these hats left of the eight total that were produced. Also this price is almost equivalent to my college tuition. The saddest part about this is that people are actually buying these things.
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