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With their Thursday night win over the
To do so, Golden State can afford to lose only four of their final 22 games. That's no easy task, with three left against the
Spurs a threat to catch Warriors
The Spurs and Warriors are the only two teams to have already clinched playoff berths. Through games played Friday, the Spurs (52-9) were only 3 1/2 games behind Golden State in the standings. Not only can San Antonio spoil the Warriors' quest to dethrone the Bulls with 72 wins, they still have a chance to overtake Golden State as the top seed in the Western Conference.
Two of the Spurs' three games against the Warriors are in San Antonio. Whoever wins the series would own the tiebreaker if they wind up with the same record. Another factor to consider, San Antonio Coach
After spending most of the season making trades to get beneath the NBA's $84.7 million luxury-tax threshold, the Miami Heat signed veteran
Because of Udrih's generosity, the Heat will pocket more than $2.5 million by avoiding the tax. Typically, when a player receives a buyout, he will sign with another team to offset any money lost.
Bulls badly missed Butler
With All-Star Jimmy Butler returning from a knee injury, the Bulls hope to climb back into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Through Friday, Chicago had dropped four straight and eight of 11, losing its playoff footing by dipping to ninth place. The Bulls have also struggled with Derrick Rose and
Jimmer still can't stick
Jimmer Fredette's quest to find an NBA home passed unsuccessfully through New York. The former Brigham Young star guard was signed to a $60,000, 10-day contract, but the
On Friday, the
CLIPPERS AT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
When: Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN, Prime Ticket.
The Thunder has been slip-sliding since the All-Star break and has fallen into the Clippers' neighborhood in the standings. This game, and a rematch between these teams later this month, will help determine the No. 3 seed in the West. It matters because if the favorites in the first round of the playoffs advance, the No. 3 seed then takes on San Antonio while the No. 4 seed faces defending champion Golden State. Granted, it's a pick-your-poison matchup either way.