I looked at the remaining schedule. If this team continues to play like they have been lately, I count enough wins to get to 43. But that is provided we take care of business against certain teams. This year, I thought there were numerous games I counted as wins going in where they lost.
I only saw one game where I thought it was a sure loss and we won. That was OKC at home. So it stands to reason the games I counted as sure losses will likely end up a loss, but some of the games I counted as wins could end up a loss. Basically the way I see it, best case scenario is 43-39. Would that be enough to get to the playoffs?
One thing that would be encouraging is this road trip. Aside from the bad 4th quarter in Phoenix, they're taking care of business against the lesser teams. That wasn't the case a month ago. The only scenario I could see us getting in is if we continue that against the lesser teams.
I doubt we'll beat the Clippers, OKC or Spurs in any of the games this year, home or away. Miami today is likely a loss. The road game in Denver is most likely a loss.
If we can take some of what I consider toss up games, we can make a move. Those would be home games against Boston, Chicago and Memphis. We couldn't beat them on the road, but there is a 50/50 chance at home, IMO.
Other toss ups are road games with the Warriors, Blazers and Jazz. The Warriors have a better record, but I believe we match up OK with them. Blazers are all over the map. Sometimes good, sometimes horrible. There's nothing about the Jazz that makes them too tough to handle.
So basically, take care of business against the middle of the road and lesser teams and win some of the toss ups and we're in. Maybe even with 45 or more wins. But that is a tall order. We haven't done that with any consistency this season. And the injuries are a real problem.