I said it Sunday prior to the Lakers game, but I’m not of the mind of trying to position better for postseason matchups. I think you play the games to win, and let the chips fall where they may.
But… if it so happens to work out, then so be it. Because with the Thunder’s loss Sunday, the Lakers essentially guaranteed themselves the 3-seed with the Clippers and Grizzlies sitting four and five. Which of course means the Thunder would draw the Lakers in the second round (or Nuggets/Mavericks) and not the Clippers or Grizzlies. Favorable, I’d say.
The Thunder clearly matchup better with the Lakers (or Nuggets/Mavs) than they do with the Clippers or Grizzlies. Either would obviously be a challenge, which is kind of the point when you’re in the postseason. You can’t expect to cruise to The Finals. It’s a difficult road, you have to beat good teams and you have to plan on challenging matchups. But if it so happens to be a little bit more favorable, nobody’s going to argue about it.
Now to the rankings: Keep Reading…