There are only a few days left in the NBA regular season, but there is still plenty left to be settled. Today on NBA TV, tune in to a quadruple-header with plenty of postseason implications.
Rockets vs. Kings (Live on NBA TV)
The Rockets are locked into the two seed in the Western Conference with a 53-26 record, 12.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors. But even though they’ve put together something of a dream season, they still have some things to work on. The Rockets have lost four of their last six games, and MVP candidate James Harden, who is averaging 29.2 points along with a league best 11.2 assists, looks to be back to form after being slowed by a wrist injury. The Sacramento Kings entered this season hoping to compete for a playoff berth, but an injury to Rudy Gay and a midseason trade of DeMarcus Cousins for rookie guard Buddy Hield changed their trajectory. At 31-48, the Kings are out of the playoff picture, but Hield and fellow rookie Skal Labissiere have shown promise with increased playing time.
Timberwolves vs. Lakers (9:30 ET, NBA TV)
The Timberwolves hoped to make a playoff appearance in coach Tom Thibodeau’s first season on the bench, and they managed to remain in contention until a week ago. But the Wolves are stocked with young talent, and when they get out and run can play an exciting brand of basketball. Point guard Ricky Rubio has been terrific since the Timberwolves decided not to move him at the trade deadline, averaging 16.7 points and 10.5 assists in his last 22 games. Reigning rookie of the year Karl-Anthony Towns has continues to dominate, averaging 24.9 points and 12.1 rebounds. The Lakers have a 24-55 record, third-worst in the NBA. They long ago shut down veterans such as Nick Young, Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to focus on their younger players, and probably have at least one eye on the upcoming NBA Draft: If the Lakers don’t finish in the top three in the upcoming lottery, their first round draft pick will be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers.
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