Minnesota Timberwolves Support Surging Utah Jazz Towards Playoff Run

Kaleb Smith@Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IApril 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz shoots a jumper in front of DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a 105-96 Clipper win at Staples Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The current playoff picture in the Western Conference is jumbled with multiple teams scrapping for the final spots. 

The likes of the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns fight for a chance to nab the eighth seed against the top teams in the West.  The top seed appears to be a fight between Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs, but the Spurs seem as though they will sustain the pressure. 

As the skirmish continues, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ fans have become hardcore supporters of the Jazz.

At the moment, the Jazz are stationed into the eighth seed of the playoffs.  The team sits just one game ahead of the Suns.  Both teams have two games remaining, including one against each other. 

Why the Timberwolves and fans support the Jazz earning a playoff spot?

The Timberwolves have fallen short of earning a playoff birth once again,  although fans were able to see this season as a success due to the vast improvement over the last few seasons. The organization wishes to spread love to its fellow Northwest Division foe as we benefit from their playoff glory.

If the Jazz are able to lock up the final spot in the playoffs, Minnesota would benefit by being granted a first-round draft pick.  When the Timberwolves traded power forward Al Jefferson to Utah, one of the stipulations in the paperwork was the possibility of the Timberwolves obtaining a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  The pick will only be granted to Minnesota if the Jazz are able to hunker down and lock up a playoff seed.  

If Utah falters and fails to defeat the Phoenix Suns tonight, both teams will have identical records. Phoenix holds the tiebreaker over the Jazz, but the last games for both teams would be vital.  If the Jazz defeat the Suns, then the final playoff seed will be locked up and the Timberwolves can prepare for a first-round selection.

It is time for Timberwolves fans to support a former Wolf, Al Jefferson!  Fellow T'Wolves fans, the new chant is, momentarily, "Go Jazz!"