NBA playoff picture 2019: Warriors' opponent comes down to final day

NBA playoff picture 2019: Warriors' opponent comes down to final day

The Warriors locked up the No. 1 seed in the West on Sunday night, but as the NBA reaches the final day of the regular season, they still don't know who will be coming to Oracle Arena this weekend in the playoffs.

The Clippers, Spurs and Thunder still are fighting for the No. 6 through 8 seeds in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City stunned the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, and now sit one game ahead of both San Antonio and Los Angeles.

The Spurs hold the tiebreaker over the Clippers, so they occupy the No. 7 seed at the end of business Tuesday.

If all three teams win their games Wednesday, the Clippers will be bound for Oakland.

But the other potential scenarios will make your head spin.

The Thunder face the Bucks at 5 p.m. PT, and the Spurs play the Mavericks at the same time. The Clippers host the Jazz at 7:30 p.m. PT.

So, the Warriors, who play in Memphis at 5 p.m. PT, could know their opponent by the time their game ends. If OKC and San Antonio win their games, the Clippers result is irrelevant.

There still is much to be decided atop the West, as well.

The Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds also will be up for grabs Wednesday night.

The Denver Nuggets will clinch the No. 2 seed with a win over the Timberwolves. A loss, however, would push them to the No. 3 seed. Meanwhile, after the Rockets' loss Tuesday, Houston can only secure the No. 2 seed if the Nuggets lose.

James Harden and Co. will get the No. 3 seed with a Nuggets win and a loss by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Sacramento Kings. If both the Nuggets and Blazers win, the Rockets will get the No. 4 seed --potentially facing the Warriors in the second round. 

If the Blazers beat the Kings and the Nuggets beat the T'Wolves then Portland will get the No. 3 seed, otherwise Rip City will get the fourth seed and face the Utah Jazz in the first round.

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Our advice: Buckle up, because Wednesday will be a wild night of scoreboard watching.

NBA playoff picture 2019: Scenarios for Warriors' first-round opponent

NBA playoff picture 2019: Scenarios for Warriors' first-round opponent

The Warriors have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the 2018-19 NBA playoffs. But with two regular-season games left, it's a still a mystery who they will face in the first round. 

A lot can happen with two days left, and that's quite the understatement. Plenty of teams are still battling for seeding in the West. Take a look at all the scenarios teams face going into the postseason. 

There are only three teams that should matter to the Warriors: Clippers, Thunder and Spurs. Those are the only three the reigning champs can face in Round 1.

Will we see Kevin Durant against Russell Westbrook right away? What about a battle of coaches in Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich? Or will the Dubs face the Clippers in the playoffs for the first time since the end of the Mark Jackson era? 

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Keep your eyes peeled and your head on a swivel. There are only two days left -- anything can happen.

Russell Westbrook receives flagrant foul for smacking Zaza Pachulia

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Russell Westbrook receives flagrant foul for smacking Zaza Pachulia

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or, sometimes, just with a flagrant foul.

You'll have to take Russell Westbrook's word for it. The Oklahoma City point guard once promised retribution towards former Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia, and he got it Friday night in a matchup between Westbrook's Thunder and Pachulia's Detroit Pistons.

Let's rewind the clock:

On Jan. 18, 2017, Pachulia -- then with the Warriors -- was assessed a Flagrant-1 for a hard foul on Westbrook late in the first half, which resulted in Westbrook lying face-down on the floor, and Pachulia standing over him.

Following that game, Westbrook didn't hold back, saying "I'm gonna get his a** back. Straight up ... I don't play that game. I'm gonna get his a** back. Whenever that is, I don't know what it's gonna be ..."

Fast-forward a year to Feb. 24, 2018. Pachulia fell on top of Westbrook's legs underneath the Warriors' basket, an act Westbrook deemed intentional following the game.

"Obviously, it was intentional," Westbrook declared. "Nobody touched him and he fell on my leg, tried to hurt me."

When asked if Pachulia was a dirty player, Westbrook responded, "Yeah. For sure."

Which brings us to Friday night, just over a year since that most recent incident.

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There's no question Westbrook was attempting to give a hard foul, and based on the officials' assessment -- they gave him a Flagrant-1 after review -- he went a little overboard.

There's still a decent chance the Warriors and Thunder could face off in the first round of the playoffs. Pachulia wouldn't be in that series, obviously, but here's assuming that won't stop Westbrook from finding a reason to get worked up for it.