While You Were Sleeping - April 11th

Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Houston Rockets' Luis Scola (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Houston. Utah won 103-91. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

There was a little outside help last night, but the important thing is that the Jazz helped themselves. What an amazing night to be a basketball fan. Its only going to get more exciting as we come down the stretch and all those inter-conference games, that were conveniently scheduled at the end of the season, are played.

It would also appear that the various tank squads are in full battle mode, er, I should say full losing battle mode. Kevin Love went down with a mild concussion, and will likely miss several games (if he returns at all). LMA didn't play last night due to a hip injury, and there is talk of him sitting the rest of the season.

The standings and WYWS after le Jump.

The Standings:

Western Conference - While You Were Sleeping
Seed Team Game Result W L % GB
1 x Oklahoma City Thunder LAC L 42 16 72.4% --
2 x San Antonio Spurs LAL L 40 16 71.4% 1
3 Los Angeles Lakers @SAS W 37 22 62.7% 5.5
4 Los Angeles Clippers @OKC W 35 23 60.3% 7
5 Memphis Grizzlies PHX W 34 23 59.6% 7.5
6 Dallas Mavericks 32 26 55.2% 10
7 Denver Nuggets MIN W 32 26 55.2% 10
8 Houston Rockets UTA L 32 25 56.1% 10
9 Utah Jazz @HOU W 31 28 52.5% 11.5
10 Phoenix Suns @MEM L 30 28 51.7% 12
11 Portland Trail Blazers GSW W 28 31 47.5% 14.5
12 Minnesota Timberwolves @DEN L 25 34 42.4% 17.5
13 o Golden State Warriors @POR L 22 35 38.6% 19.5
14 o Sacramento Kings @NOH L 19 40 32.2% 23.5
15 o New Orleans Hornets SAC W 16 42 27.6% 26
x- clinched
o- eliminated

While you were sleeping:

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The Fantastic News:

  • Jazz 103 - Rockets 91: "Man, Hayward has been a @#$%& killer today" - A Rockets Fan
  • Suns 93 - Grizzlies 104: I would not want to play the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs

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The Meh:

  • Clippers 100 - Thunder 98: Big win for the Clipps
  • Lakers 98 - Spurs 84: Big three shaking off the rust?

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The "Seriously?"

  • Timberwolves 107 - Nuggets 113: Wolves made a run, but just didn't have enough, in this defensive battle.
  • Warriors 110 - Trailblazers 118: This is sort of "meh" because the Kings also lost. Its a wash.

Tonight's Important Games:

  • Mavericks @ Warriors: Really, the only one to keep an eye on tonight. Just don't hold your breath.

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