If the NBA playoffs started today, my schedule would need some rearranging. Who would want to miss any of a potential 7 game series between your Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder? If having a social life in this world requires me to wonder what’s going on during Minnesota’s first postseason basketball since 2004, that’s not the life for me.
However, rather than preparing for war against Russell Westbrook and company, the Wolves’ still have 21 regular season games. When you break down who they’ll be facing in those contests, it appears the rest of the way will be similar to Tom Thibodeau’s sideline yelling. This next month and a half is going to be aggressive.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Remaining Schedule Includes:
- 4 games vs. top 3 Western Conference teams (Hou (2), G.S., S.A.)
- Only 1 game vs. bottom 2 Western Conference teams (Dal, Pho)
- A back-to-back set against Houston (away) and San Antonio (home)
- Game (at home) against 2nd place Eastern Conference teams (Bos)
- 11 road games (6 vs. teams that would currently make playoffs)
Buckle your seat belts, Wolves fans. Our remaining travels are going to be treacherous.
Reaching our end destination of the playoffs, isn’t a foregone conclusion. Despite being tied for third in the Western Conference (S.A. has higher win %), Minnesota is currently only 3.5 games ahead of the 9th placed Clippers. With that said, barring a meltdown way more aggressive than our final 21 games or our head coach’s in-game demeanor, we’ll see the postseason.
Those 9th-place Clippers just traded away 5x All-Star Blake Griffin (no f*cken chance I’m calling Griffin a superstar). As for who is one spot ahead of Doc Rivers’ squad, that would be the 31-26 Pelicans. Unfortunately for New Orleans, they recently lost their SUPERSTAR Demarcus Cousins to a blown Achilles. For those reasons, neither of those teams should be considered ANY sort of threat.
In a perfect, yet realistic, world; we can close with the three seed by outperforming the Spurs. A first round matchup vs. the likes of Denver or Portland sounds more appealing than facing Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Westbrook’s crazy ass. Gregg Popovich may be a basketball savant, but I’m not sure even his legendary-self can coach the Spurs’ current roster to a home playoff series:
Pop isn’t optimistic Kawhi Leonard will return this season. pic.twitter.com/DZH30Pxsbt
— ESPN (@espn) February 21, 2018