Memphis is now at 21 wins and 54 losses while we are comfortably behind them at 18 wins and 57 losses. So they are more or less officially dropped out of the race.
Sacramento came THISSSS close to beating New Orleans the other night, lost on a buzzer beater. Then they lost by two in overtime to the Warriors last night. Very cunning of them. They know what they're doing. Realistically, I don't think we can catch them.
Washington, on the other hand, has just returned Agent Zero to the lineup and beat the Cavs tonite to climb even with us in the wins column. Thats the good news. The bad news is, they've played two more games than us. So that means we have two extra opportunities to win before the end of the season than they do. Now, we're pretty good at losing, so I'm fairly confident that's no big deal. Altho the Minnesota date worries me. But Washington has Miami, Cleveland, Toronto twice, and Boston left. They'll probably win two of those. We have Denver, Lakers, Minny, Sactown, Portland, Utah, and OKC. Sactown owns us so I'm not real worried bout that one, but there is a very real threat of beating both Minny and OKC.
This is gonna be an extremely close finish in the race for second (to last) place. Luckily on our side is the fact that Washington did beat us head-to-head this year, which I believe does matter as a lottery tie breaker.
In our hour of need, I am praying to the basketball gods that we can hold onto our losing ways for just two more weeks.
*Just as a point of note, looking at Sacramento's schedule, they have PHX, GS, LAL, HOU, LAC, SA, DEN, and MIN left. With a two game lead, catching them is a longshot, but I'm not convinced we can't pull it off. Basically we need them to overachieve and get 3 wins out of that schedule (we can provide one of them) and we need to finish up strong (poor) with just 1 win or less. We do hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with them. This is actually kind of exciting.