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Just a reminder: the playoff race in the West is insane

Mar 27, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

Blake Griffin, Randy Foye AP

With just about a month to go before the playoffs start, there is very little decided in the West.

The top three teams — Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers — have separated from the pack. They seem safely in.

But after that — take a look at the standings. The difference between being the four seed and being out of the playoffs all together is a game and a half.

4. L.A. Clippers   28-21   –
5. Dallas              28-22   0.5
6. Memphis         26-21    1
7. Utah                27-23    1.5
8. Houston          27-23    1.5
9. Denver            27-23    1.5
10. Phoenix         25-24     3

Yes, seeds seven through nine are in a dead heat right right now. But the uncertainty goes farther up the ladder — the Clippers have  picked up a couple wins in a row, but the way they have played the last few weeks under Vinny Del Negro it is possible to see them falling all the way out of the playoffs. Denver has taken steps back but then turned around and beat the Bulls Monday night.

The hottest teams on that list are the Jazz (8-2 in their last 10) and the Phoenix Suns (7-3) who should not be counted out.

No predictions here, any team here could be in or out. Just a reminder that the West is still wild.

  1. cakemixa - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Thumbs up if you think the “pre-season contender” LA Clippers won’t even make the playoffs.

    • icantball - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Looks like ur polls at about 50/50

      Haters gonna hate…

    • blackmike2 - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      i gave you a thumbs up because you may be right, cake. if they don’t make this year’s play-offs, it’s not due to lack of talent. it’s more of a case of teams having to “learn” to win in the nba. this clippers team, staying healthy, is the l.a. team of the future, and will be one of the better teams in the west.

  2. spellingcopfather - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    (MY) Spurs I think can take Suns & Jazzs but Houston & Denver can give (US) problems!!!

  3. loungefly74 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    It’s “intensity intense city” up in the West! great drama…watching the standings on a daily basis. gotta love it.

    on a side note…wow…maybe a shortened season may be the best way to raise competition and excitment..BUT, yeah, the “all mighty dollar” says 82 is the way it will be.

  4. aboogy123456 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    As a Lakers fan the best case scenario would be to get a 2 or a 3 seed, and have memphis get a 4 or 5, so they can avoid memphis and oklahoma city until the conference finals. They should coast through any other team easily, and memphis and oklahoma city are the only teams that can beat them in the West.

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      like they coasted by the Mavs last season? I wouldn’t count anyone out as of now, y’all look good but I wouldn’t say its a given.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        as much as it hurts to say….good point. (i’m a Laker fan)

    • icantball - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      That’s a scared lake fan talkin

      A true championship contender shouldn’t have to worry about their seed…cuz if they win tr championship they beat everyone

  5. rooney24 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Still hoping the T-Wolves can reel off a few wins in a row and get back in the chase as well. But, I fear it may be too late unless they get really hot.

  6. danielwold - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    This will be fun watching these games wind down to see who gets in. I hope next year Bogut and Curry are healthy. the warriors may be able to sneak past a team getting old like the Suns for the 8th seed.

  7. bj1980 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    The West is insane.

    Again.

    As usual.
    -BJ

  8. velascochad - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    west playoff race is way more challenging than the east.

    because in the east, just wear your gym shorts and you’re a playoff contender.

  9. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    I would love to see an LA vs LA series…

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