A team is going to reach the Western Conference playoffs with a losing record for the first time in 23 years, which ordinarily would not be exciting news. On Thursday, four teams - Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio - will finally decide which two clubs get spots in the play-in series to determine the No. 8 seed in the West playoffs. Portland and Memphis control their fates, while Phoenix and San Antonio must win and get help.
The kids are going out there every game like they’ve been finally let off the leash and it’s pretty exhilarating to see. They look excited and invigorated by the challenge to prove themselves. It’s almost like the facade of professionalism has come down a little bit out there and I mean that as the highest of compliments.
Spurs play the Jazz, seek 4th straight win San Antonio Spurs (32-38, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (43-28, sixth in the Western Conference) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Thursday, 6:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: San Antonio is looking to extend its three-game win streak with a victory against Utah. The Jazz are 23-21 against Western Conference opponents.