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Updated at 7:45 p.m. on April 16, 2014
Thanks to the fourth quarter heroics of Thunder forward Kevin Durant tonight, the Warriors now know for sure that they will play the Clippers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Durant had 21 points in the final period, including a game-winning dunk with 16.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter. With that win, the Thunder ensure themselves the second seed in the West and will take on the Grizzlies, who secured the seventh seed with an overtime win over the Mavericks tonight. That leaves Dallas playing the top-seeded Spurs, and the winner of that series will go on to play the winner of the Rockets-Trail Blazers series. See below for the full playoff picture in the Western Conference.

San Antonio Spurs**, 62-20
Current Playoff Seed: 1; Potential Playoff Seeds: 1
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Mavericks
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: The reigning Western Conference champs are the No. 1 seed but had to wait until the last day of the regular season to find out they will take on the Dallas Mavericks in Round 1

Oklahoma City Thunder**, 59-23
Current Playoff Seed: 2; Potential Playoff Seeds: 2
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Grizzlies
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: The Thunder secured second place in the West with a one-point win over the Pistons in the regular season finale.

Los Angeles Clippers**, 57-25
Current Playoff Seed: 3; Potential Playoff Seeds: 3
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Warriors
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: The Clippers earned the third seed and will begin their playoff series with the Warriors in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Houston Rockets**, 54-28
Current Playoff Seed: 4; Potential Playoff Seeds: 4
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Trail Blazers
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: Houston clinched the fourth seed with Monday's win over the Spurs.

Portland Trail Blazers**, 54-28
Current Playoff Seed: 5; Potential Playoff Seeds:5
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Rockets
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: Portland has secured the fifth place in the West and will start the postseason on the road against the Rockets.

Golden State Warriors**, 51-31
Current Playoff Seed: 6; Potential Playoff Seeds: 6
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Clippers
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: The Warriors secured the sixth seed with Monday's win over Minnesota and will play the Clippers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Memphis Grizzlies**, 48-32
Current Playoff Seed: 7; Potential Playoff Seeds: 7
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Thunder
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: The Grizzlies clinched their playoff spot by beating the Suns on Monday night and won in overtime against the Mavericks to steal seventh place in the Western Conference.

Dallas Mavericks**, 49-33
Current Playoff Seed: 8; Potential Playoff Seeds: 8
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: Spurs
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: The Mavericks clinched a playoff spot with Saturday's win over the Suns, but missed out on an opportunity to grab the seventh seed by losing to Memphis in overtime in the regular season finale.

Phoenix Suns, 48-34
Current Playoff Seed: N/A; Potential Playoff Seeds: N/A
Potential First Round Playoff Opponents: N/A
Remaining Regular Season Games: N/A
Playoff Outlook: Phoenix was eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to the Grizzlies on Monday night.

** Clinched their current seed in the playoffs


Updated at 12:20 p.m. on April 16, 2014
The Warriors secured the sixth seed in the Western Conference with Monday night's 130-120 come-from-behind victory over the Timberwolves. The win, the team's 50th of the season, guarantees them the tie-breaker over Memphis (better conference record), and they already had the tie-breaker over Dallas by winning three of the four matchups with the Mavericks this season.

The eight teams in the playoffs in the West are set now that Memphis secured their postseason berth with Monday night's win in Phoenix, but there are still four seedings that have yet to be determined. As Warriors TV's Laurence Scott points out below, the Thunder can secure second place with a win in their season finale against Detroit, or if the Clippers lose on Wednesday. Otherwise, Los Angeles can steal the second seed and the Warriors would be left with a first round matchup against Oklahoma City.

In addition to the Nos. 2 & 3 spots, the seventh and eighth seeds will be determined on Wednesday as the Grizzlies host the Mavericks. The winner of that game takes the seventh seed and the loser will be left with a first round date with the Spurs.


The Warriors will be in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. That, we know for sure, and it became official with Friday night’s road win against the Lakers. We think we know who the Dubs will play in the first round and where they will be seeded, but ultimately that can’t be confirmed just yet. As of right now, the Warriors are the sixth seed and would play the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs if the season ended today.

The playoff schedule will be announced following the conclusion of regular season games on Wednesday, and those looking to experience the postseason at Oracle Arena can take advantage of one of the upcoming playoff ticket pre-sales.

With one more win, the Warriors will clinch no worse than a six seed. (Photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)

Moving back to the Warriors’ playoff possibilities, they will indeed most likely finish with the sixth seed in the West, however scenarios exist that would result in the Dubs taking fifth or seventh place. Here are those possibilities …

What needs to happen for the Warriors to get the 5th seed – The Warriors would need to win all three of their remaining games and Portland would need to lose its two remaining games, including Sunday’s home date with the Dubs. If that were to happen, the Warriors and Blazers would finish the regular season with the same record, and Golden State would win the tie-breaker by virtue of their head-to-head record vs. Portland (would be 3-1 if Warriors won on Sunday).

What needs to happen for the Warriors to get the 7th seed – The Warriors would need to lose all of their remaining games and either Dallas, Memphis or Phoenix would need to win all of their remaining games. The Mavericks, Grizzlies and Suns all play each other before the regular season ends, so at least two of those teams will get at least one more loss. And because the Warriors own the tie-breaker over all three teams, at most only one of them would be able to move ahead of the Warriors in the standings.

The Warriors can clinch no worse than a sixth seed with one more win, and assuming that happens, they will play the Clippers in the first round if the Thunder win one more game or the Clippers lose one of their remaining games.

Check out the options for each team below to get a clearer picture of the playoff race in the Western Conference.

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