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Op-Ed: NBA — Utah Jazz clinch final playoff spot in the West

By Layne Weiss     Apr 25, 2012 in Sports
Salt Lake City - Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls clinched the top spot in the Eastern conference with the Miami Heat's loss to the Boston Celtics, and the Utah Jazz clinched the final spot in the West with a win against the Phoenix Suns.
The top 2 teams in the league, the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls are tied at 48-16, Bloomberg reports.
Each team has two games left in the regular season which ends Thursday. The playoffs begin Saturday.
The Jazz defeated the Suns 100-88, and will now face the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
Paul Millsap had 26 points, and according to The Washington Post, Al Jefferson went on his own 8-0 run in the 4th quarter to help secure the win and the playoff spot.
This marks the Jazz's first victory against the Suns since March 2010.
Jared Dudley and Michael Redd led the Suns with 15 points each, Bloomberg reports.
Steve Nash had 14 points.
The Suns play their final regular season game at San Antonio Wednesday. This could mark veteran Steve Nash's final game as a Sun as he announced earlier Wednesday that he will become a free agent this summer, The Washington Post reports. Nash is reportedly seeking a 3 year deal.
Meanwhile, the LA Lakers clinched the Pacific division with the Clippers' 109-102 loss against the Hawks.
According to The Washington Post, Utah can still clinch the 7th spot if the Denver Nuggets lose their final 2 regular season games.
The Jazz are a young team. 7 of their players are under 26 years old, and 4 are under 21.
Does this sound slightly familiar? A veteran top seeded team against a young 8th seeded team. The Spurs have the experience and wisdom, but the Jazz have the youth and the heart.
This has been one of the most memorable NBA seasons that I can remember, and the playoffs are shaping up to be no different.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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