Forgive me for writing yet another speculative piece regarding who the Thunder could/would/should meet in the playoffs depending upon if they grab the such-and-such seed after so-and-so wins or loses but honestly, at this point in the season, the Western Conference from #2 on down is quite literally a giant coin flip based off of who owns the tie-breakers, who the teams are playing (directly influenced by what that team has done against those teams previously) and, of course, what the teams record is going into the last week and a half of the 2010 season so it really does merit further column consideration.
But before we target the Thunder specifically, let’s take a snapshot at the Western Conference standings as they are right now and get a good look at just how wonderfully crazy the playoff positions have shaped up thus far, shall we?
1. Lakers – 55-22
2. Dallas – 50-27
3. Denver- 50-27
4. Utah – 50-27
5. Phoenix – 50-27 (see a trend, do you?)
6. OKLAHOMA CITY – 48-28
7. San Antonio – 47-29
8. Portland – 47-30
Crazy, huh? I’m not sure I ever remember a season where the second seed and the eighth seed where separated by only 3 games, let alone the second seed and sixth seed being separated by only 1.5 games. Keep Reading…