After a four-game losing streak, the Oklahoma City Blue’s season sat on the brink. Make a move or stay home.
Since the return of RaShawn Thomas from the USA National Team, the Oklahoma City Blue have rolled off three straight and are pushing their way back into the Western Conference playoff race.
The Blue (23-20) sit only a half-game back of first place Sioux Falls SkyForce (23-19) in the Midwest Division.
To make the playoffs in the Western Conference in the G League, you either win your division or get in as a wildcard spot. The basic format is the same as the NBA’s. Except the G League only allows six teams into their postseason, not eight like the Association.
If you qualify for the first two seeds in the conference, you get a first round bye. The No. 3 will host the No. 6 seed. Then, the No. 4 will host the No. 5 seed in a single game elimination round.
Then, the real playoffs start. They’ll play a best of three series (one-one-one) for the rest of the playoffs, including the G League Finals.
Last season, the Oklahoma City Blue lost to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the Western Conference Finals. So, they’re hoping to get back this season.
|2||South Bay Lakers||26||17||0.605||1.0|
Sioux Falls SkyForce
Oklahoma City Blue
|8||Santa Cruz Warriors||21||21||0.500||5.5|
With seven games remaining in the regular season, the OKC Blue has some real work to do.
March 7: vs. Lakeland Magic (21-20)
Oklahoma City hasn’t played the Magic this season. Oklahoma City should be the favorite as this game is played at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. Lakeland is only 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost three of their last four.
March 9: vs. Texas Legends (24-18)
The Blue are 1-2 against the Legends this season with all three games decided by a combined four points. Oklahoma City won the first meeting in Oklahoma City but lost the two in Frisco. With Texas being the immediate team in front of Oklahoma City, this game is a must win.
March 10: vs. Iowa Wolves (18-22)
Iowa has lost eight straight since beating Oklahoma City by a billion points. Iowa has checked out and while they once led the division, this game should be an easy win for the Blue.
March 17: at Reno Bighorns (24-17)
Oklahoma City travels to Reno, Nevada to play the Bighorns, who are going to shoot the three like crazy. For the Blue, they’re lucky. Reno is only 12-8 at home this season. Oklahoma City though, is 0-2 against the Bighorns this season. Could be 0-3 at this pace.
March 20: at Agua Caliente Clippers (19-24)
The Blue should get a road win at the Clippers. An expansion team who’s played like it for much of the season. However, that’s not the case. Agua Caliente is 2-0 against the Blue this season. It’s hard to take three from an opponent, especially when you’re not a Reno or a Westchester, so the Blue should take care of business.
March 22: vs. Austin Spurs (27-16)
When you get a chance to knock off the best team in the conference and a chance at making the playoffs, this should be a prime chane for the Blue. It’s the third team in a row in which the Blue are 0-2 against this season. Luckily, this game will be at home.
March 24: at RGV Vipers (24-18)
yeah, it feels as if the Blue have a super tough schedule down the stretch. Oklahoma City is 1-1 against Rio Grande Valley this season. The team that ended Oklahoma City’s season last year might have a chance to do it again.
Sure, Oklahoma City is going to need some help. However, if you can win some games you’re not supposed to and then can find a way to win the games you’re supposed to, the Blue are in a position to make the playoffs. It’s all about whether they want to or not.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!