Thunder basketball: The Thunder effect

By Mike Baldwin Published: March 23, 2009
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Nine of the Thunder’s final dozen games are against teams either fighting for a playoff berth or trying to improve playoff positioning.

→Tuesday: LA Lakers. Kobe and the Lakers all but have the top seed in the West wrapped up.

→Sunday: at Boston. Defending champions are in danger of falling to the No. 3 seed in the East.

→March 31: at San Antonio. Spurs trying to hold on to the No. 2 seed in highly competitive West.

→April 3: Portland. Trail Blazers one of seven West teams that can finish between Nos. 2 and 8.

→April 7: San Antonio. One of only two teams that plays the Thunder twice the final four weeks.

→April 8: at Denver. Nuggets are one of seven West teams that can finish between Nos. 2 and 8.

→April 10: Charlotte. The Bobcats are only one game out in the loss column for the No. 8 seed in the East.

→April 11: at Milwaukee. Bucks are hanging in contention for final East berth despite many injuries.

→April 13: at Portland. Besides Spurs, the other team that plays Thunder twice the final three weeks.

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