Clippers could end up anywhere from second to sixth in wild West

Clippers could end up anywhere from second to sixth in wild West
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers talks to Blake Griffin during a game against the Lakers on April 7. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

The Clippers only have three games left in the regular season -- and their playoff seeding is totally up in the air.

Right now they're in a virtual tie with the San Antonio Spurs for fifth place in the Western Conference. But the Clippers and the Spurs are only a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets, who are in a virtual tie for second place.

The Golden State Warriors have locked down the top seed, and the Portland Trail Blazers are guaranteed a top-four seed by virtue of winning their division. Pretty much everything else is up in the air.

The Clippers could theoretically end up anywhere from the second seed to the sixth seed over the next few games, and where they end up could make a huge difference in terms of home-court advantage and potential matchups.

The Clippers' (53-26) remaining games this season are against Memphis (53-25) on Saturday, the Denver Nuggets (29-49) on Monday and the Phoenix Suns (39-40) on Tuesday. So two of their remaining three games are against teams with losing records.

But as Coach Doc Rivers pointed out after Tuesday's 105-100 win over the Lakers, the Clippers could win each of their remaining games and still nothing would be guaranteed, depending on what the other teams do in the wacky, wacky West.

However, Rivers said he's optimistic the Clippers will be just fine wherever they land.

"I feel great, we've just got to get there, lace them up and see what happens," he said. "I like our team a lot and I like our mindset."