Wild, Wild West

Posted in Lakers, Video by minoroots on 04/03/2009
None of this, six gun in this, brotha runnin this!

"None of this, six gun in this, brotha runnin' this!"

Last night, I was watching the Utah-Denver game (by the way, Denver’s ‘Green Weekuniforms were really ugly/confusing), and really started to see how crazy this playoff picture is in the Western Conference is (again!) this year.

The West race is tighter than ever, with seeds 2 – 8 separated by only 4.5 games, and especially between seeds 3 – 6, which are all within 1 game in the standings. With the win, Denver held onto their current status as the 2nd seed, while the loss brought Utah one step closer to dropping to the 8th seed, with Dallas looming just a game behind.

A quick look at the west standings as of 4/2/09:

W L Pct GB
z- LakersLakers 59 16 .787 0.0
x- NuggetsNuggets 50 26 .658 9.5
x- SpursSpurs 48 26 .649 10.5
x- RocketsRockets 48 27 .640 11.0
HornetsHornets 47 27 .635 11.5
Trail BlazersTrail Blazers 47 27 .635 11.5
JazzJazz 46 29 .613 13.0
MavericksMavericks 45 30 .600 14.0
SunsSuns 41 34 .547 18.0

The Lakers (59-16) sit atop comfortably, having clinched the best record in the West—-but they still have something to play for in trying to gain home court advantage throughout the playoffs. I doubt they’d catch the Cavs (61-14), who are still ahead by 2 games in the loss column, but the Cavs did just lose to the Wizards (Gil’s back!) and have a tough match up against Orlando tonight, so you never know. At the least, though, the Lakers should continue to play hard enough to secure a better record than Orlando and Boston, both with 19 losses currently.

This makes tonight’s match up between the Lakers and Rockets (48-27) interesting, because the Rockets are fighting for positioning/home court, and they’re right in the middle of the pack as the current 4th seed. Houston is a 1/2 game behind San Antonio (48-26), and a 1/2 game ahead of New Orleans and Portland (tied at 47-27), making tonight’s game a must-win in terms of maintaining an advantage on playoff seeding.

I think we’re going to see some real nice match ups in the closing weeks of the 08-09 NBA season, and I can’t wait to see the competitive fire of each team’s stars burn ablaze. Here’s a great summary of key remaining games by Henry Abbott at True Hoop. I hope Utah can get it together and move up the standings to make a #4/#5 or #3/#6 Jazz vs Hornets match up come true, so I can watch Deron Williams and Chris Paul go back-and-forth on every possession for 7 games. Wishful thinking? Maybe. But it’ll definitely be something wild.


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  1. progressivetaiko said, on 04/05/2009 at 12:59 am

    Minoru! I miss you guys so much and I can’t wait to see you at practice this Friday. Thanks for reading my blog, you and my mom are the only ones that read it I think haha. But yea, sometimes I get a bit envious at you guys that are establishing your careers too so we can both be a little bit jealous/envious together haha.

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