This is it, Utah Jazz fans. Our guys have climbed that mountain and are going to be in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. But they still have a chance to make their own destiny with who they end up facing in the first round. The Jazz can into Playoffs, but that #PlayoffPush is still going on as there are only 14 more nights in the 2016-2017 NBA Regular season. There were a bunch of games last night, and a bunch more tonight. So let’s look at what happened “While you were sleeping,” on March 29th:
OKC clinched their playoff spot. DAL and NOP switches spots in the middle doldrums of the West Lotto.
-  Golden State Warriors beat the  San Antonio Spurs, 110-98: The whole point of this being good news is because we want GSW and SAS to both be resting when they play UTA in April.
-  Utah Jazz beat  the Sacramento Kings, 112-82: BLOWOUT WINS! WOO! On the road? Is this for real?
It’s simple, have the Jazz win as much as possible. And every win is good news. It’s slightly less simple, have the Warriors get separation from the Spurs so both don’t care about the three games they face in the next 14 days against our club.
-  New Orleans Pelicans beat the  Dallas Mavericks, 121-118: And as a result they flipped seeds out West.
These two teams don’t matter at this point in the season. The Pelicans don’t even own their draft pick.
-  Los Angeles Clippers beat the [East] Washington Wizards, 133-124: this win keeps them on our heels.
-  Oklahoma City Thunder beat the [East] Orlando Magic, 114-106: this win clinches the playoffs.
-  Memphis Grizzlies beat the [East] Indiana Pacers, 110-97: this win means they still have a heart beat.
The three teams all behind Utah won. That’s bad. That’s always bad.
-  Houston Rockets @  Portland Trail Blazers: Rooting for Houston feels dirty
-  Los Angeles Clippers @  Phoenix Suns: Let’s go Earl Watson!
-  Minnesota Timberwolves @  Los Angeles Lakers: Two teams tanking come in, one team tanking comes out. And then a little later the other tanking team leaves as well.
Basically just have the teams right behind UTA lose, hopefully . . .