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OKC Thunder: Clippers are the team to avoid in the playoffs

The Clippers took the Thunder to the woodshed Tuesday night. OKC lost 109-94 in a game that wasn’t that close, although it wasn’t far off. Seemed like the Clips led by 19 points the entire game.

The Thunder have seen enough of the NBA’s elite, thank you very much. Back-to-back games against the Bucks (a 133-86 Milwaukee victory) and the Clippers means OKC deserves a respite, which it should get in Detroit on Wednesday night.

The best available Piston would not make the two-deep roster of the Clippers or the Bucks.

The Thunder doesn’t have to worry about Milwaukee again; the season series has concluded, and an NBA Finals matchup seems more remote than Cimarron County.

But the Clippers, oh boy. They’ll be back, waiting on the Thunder for a game April 4 in Los Angeles. The next night, the Thunder plays the Lakers. Egads.

Even worse, the Clippers could be the first-round playoff opponent. I expect the Clippers to maintain their current No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. So if the Thunder falls to No. 7 – OKC is in sixth place, a half-game ahead of Dallas – Thunder-Clippers is coming to a post-season near you.

We’re only about six weeks out from the playoffs, so maybe it’s time to figure out who the Thunder wants to play and who the Thunder wants to avoid. Here are the possibilities, ranked in order of bad news for OKC:

1. Clippers: The matchups are terrible for any team pitted against the Clips. But particularly OKC. The Thunder is deep at center and point guard but light on wings. The Clippers have more glorious wings than a five-star general. 

2. Lakers: This LA team has two superstars, just like the Clippers, and a bevy of good role players. But while the Thunder has no idea who to put on LeBron, at least the Thunder knows who to put on Anthony Davis. Steven Adams. With the Clippers, there is no good answer for either Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, much less both.

3. Jazz: The Thunder is not a great 3-point shooting team. The Thunder is a better 3-point shooting team. But OKC still relies on penetrating point guards. The slashes of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the darting of Dennis Schroder, the probing of Chris Paul. And waiting on all three would be the French Resistance, 7-foot-3 Rudy Gobert. Not a good matchup.

4. Nuggets: Denver is a really good team with a lot of good players and one great player in Nikola Jokic. But until the Nuggets show some playoff chops, I’d be willing to take a swing at them. Last year, Denver was the No. 2 seed in the West. The Nuggets needed seven games to dispatch the mediocre Spurs, then lost to Portland in the West semifinals. And this is much the same team.

5. Rockets: Houston is a fascinating team playing extremely well since going super small, with no center or even a traditional power forward. But the Thunder has a history of guarding James Harden about as well as any team, and pulling Adams away from the basket doesn’t cripple the OKC defense the way, say, as Utah is hampered by pulling away Gobert from the basket. Plus the Thunder could try to play mind games with Russell Westbrook. I don’t know how, but it’s worth a shot.

6. Mavericks: A Dallas-OKC pairing is virtually impossible; the Thunder or Mavericks would have to climb to at least No. 4 in the West. Not likely. But a guy can dream.

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Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) goes past LA's Reggie Jackson (1) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) goes past LA's Reggie Jackson (1) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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