Gators in the NBA: Thunder in danger of missing playoffs

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Corey Brewer shoots during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

As Kevin Durant and the Warriors roll into Oklahoma City tonight, Corey Brewer and the Thunder will be desperate for a win as they try to secure one of the five remaining playoff spots in the Western Conference. With just four games left, Oklahoma City will face the Warriors tonight, then at Houston, at Miami and then return home for a game against the Grizzlies to close out the regular season. So if the Thunder go 1-3 in their last four, they could be watching the playoffs from home with Denver looming 2.5 games back in the nine-hole with an easier schedule. Thunder forward Corey Brewer has done his part as he put up double digits in two games this week, scoring 14 points against San Antonio and 10 points against the Nuggets (both losses). Brewer also had multiple steals and five or more rebounds in two of the three games and has doubled his scoring production since being traded to the Thunder. It would be a disappointing season for OKC fans if the Thunder were to miss the playoffs but if they fall to the seventh seed, it would make for an intriguing first-round matchup with the Steph Curry-less Warriors.


Around the NBA, Bradley Beal and the Wizards began the week with a win over the Spurs 116-106 as Beal played just 28 minutes and scored seven points and dished out six assists in the win. The Wizards could’ve clinched a playoff spot Thursday but fell short of beating the Pistons in Detroit as Beal finished with 15 points, five rebounds and two steals with Washington finishing up its 27-game stretch without John Wall with a record of 15-12. Wall played did play Saturday as he helped the Wizards clinched a playoff spot with its first win over the Hornets in four tries this season. Beal shot 6-of-8 from deep and scored 22 points while Wall added 15 points and 14 assists in his return.
Celtics center Al Horford had two great games this week sandwiched between missing a game due to soreness in his ankle. In the two games Horford participated in this week, he averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists and seven rebounds.
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons scored 15 points in a win over Portland on Wednesday as they five-year pro tries to get his career back on track.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Boston Celtics
Al Horford (C)
Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons (F)
Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Orlando Magic
Marreese Speights (F)
Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F) – Westchester Knicks