When It Comes to the West Playoff Seeding, These Sorry Losses Matter Most

Robert Kleeman@@RobertKleemanSenior Analyst IApril 19, 2009

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The NBA playoffs begin today, and for several Western Conference teams, they begin on the road.

I usually shun numbers-only articles because they do not tell a complete story. These numbers, all representing playoff teams' losses to lottery-bound squads, speak for themselves.

I excluded the three teams in the 60-win club and the Orlando Magic. Since several squads in the East finished with sub-.500 records or were too inconsistent, I omitted them, too.

From the second through eighth seeds in the West, three teams jump out on this list. Is it any wonder all three of them will open the postseason in someone else's building?

When you lose to the Grizzlies in December, you tend to brush it off as a singular evening of disgrace. When playoff seeding comes down to two or three games, these defeats, not ones to postseason peers, are the ones that sting.

If the Rockets, Jazz, and Mavericks had taken care of business against the lousiest of the lousy, they might enjoy home-court advantage this weekend, instead of their perception as roadkill.

Here are the stinkers:

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DENVER NUGGETS

Wed,  Nov. 5 @ Golden State  L 101-111
Sat, Feb. 7 @ New Jersey  L 70-114
Sun, Feb. 22 @ Milwaukee  L 117-120
Sun, March 1 @ Indiana  L 94-100
Sun, March 8 @ Sacramento  L 106-114

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Wed, Nov. 12 @ Milwaukee  L 78-82
Tue, Dec. 30 vs. Milwaukee  L 98-100
Wed, Feb. 11 @ Toronto  L 89-91
Tue, Feb. 17 @ New York  L 107-112
Mon, March 16 @ Oklahoma City  L 76-78
Tue, March 31 vs. Oklahoma City  L 95-96

 

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Tue, Nov. 18 @ Golden State  L 106-111
Fri, Dec. 12 vs. LA Clippers  L 112-120

Sat, Jan. 17

 @ Charlotte  L 97-102
Fri, Feb. 6 @ Oklahoma City  L 93-102
Thu, Feb. 12 @ Golden State  L 98-105

HOUSTON ROCKETS

Mon, Nov. 8 @ Memphis  L 97-109
Wed, Nov. 26 vs. Indiana  L 90-91
Sat, Dec.  13 @ LA Clippers  L 82-95
Mon, Dec. 29 vs. Washington  L 87-89
Fri, Jan. 2 @ Toronto  L 73-94
Fri, Jan. 23 @ Indiana  L 102-107
Wed, Feb. 4 @ Memphis  L 93-104
Mon, Feb. 9 @ Milwaukee  L 112-124

DALLAS MAVERICKS

Sun, Nov. 9 @ LA Clippers  L 92-103
Fri, Dec. 19 @ New Jersey  L 97-121
Sun, Jan. 4 @ Memphis  L 82-102
Sun, Jan. 11 @ Sacramento  L 95-102
Wed, Jan. 21 @ Milwaukee  L 99-133
Mon, March 2 @ Oklahoma City  L 87-96
Fri, March 13 @ Golden State  L 110-119
Fri, April 3 @ Memphis  L 102-107

NEW ORLEANS HORNETS

Fri, Nov. 7 @ Charlotte  L 89-92
Wed, Nov. 19 vs. Sacramento  L 96-105
Mon, Jan. 12 vs. New York  L 95-101
Fri, Jan. 23 @ Minnesota  L 108-116
Fri, Jan. 30 vs. Golden State  L 87-91
Mon, Feb. 9 @ Memphis  L 80-85
Fri, March 27 @ New York  L 93-103
Fri, April 3 @ Golden State  L 103-111

UTAH JAZZ

Sun, Nov. 9 @ New York  L 99-107
Wed, Nov. 12 @ Washington  L 87-95
Fri, Nov. 14 @ Charlotte  L 96-104
Sat, Nov. 29 vs. New Jersey  L 88-105
Tue, Dec. 23 @ Milwaukee  L 86-94
Wed, Jan. 14 @ Oklahoma City  L 93-114
Sun, March 8 @ Golden State  L 96-116
Fri, April 3 vs Minnesota  L 102-103
Sat, April 11 vs Golden State  L 108-118