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My team won't be in the NBA playoffs, so I'll root for Thunder

Apr 16, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The National Basketball Association ends its long and winding 82-game regular season tonight with a full schedule of games.

The 82-game season needs to be chopped down. It's all about money and television.

A perfect regular season would be 60 games.

It seems weird that playoffs will be drawn out until the summer time. The NBA finals aren't usually played until the middle of June.

There are many teams already planning summer vacations and making ideas for offseason deal breakers.

The Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets are in that group.

It has been a long and unhappy NBA season for me.

Being a Jazz fan for life, this season has really tested me.

It has been hard to sit down and watch a full NBA game from start to finish.

At the start of the season, I thought the Jazz might be lucky to get 20 victories.

Well, Utah has posted 24 wins.

The Jazz's record is the worst in the Western Conference. The Nuggets weren't that bad, but they could be in the No. 11 position for the upcoming draft lottery.

The team with the NBA worst record is the Milwaukee Bucks, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic.

Those teams have a ways to go before they are battling for a playoff spot.

Two very popular NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, have struggled all year as well.

Right now, the Celtics have the fifth-worst record and the Lakers are No. 6.

I can't remember when the last time those two clubs were so bad.

I'm hoping the Jazz can sign two decent players and get draft two high-quality players.

The NBA experts say the coming draft is one of the deepest in years. The I hope the Jazz pick is Duke star Jabari Parker.

He hasn't officially decided to enter his name for the draft, but I would be shocked if he returns to college for his sophomore season. Unfortunately, Parker would be a good fit for the Lakers as well. It's going to be interesting to see who goes where in the next couple of months.

While the Nuggets and the Jazz are planning for the future, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs are preparing to fight for the NBA title.

The Thunder have the best player in the league in Kevin Durant. He is a proven scorer and a winner. Durant is what the league should be all about.

It's time for somebody to knock off the Miami Heat. Two years is long enough for the Heat to be on top of the NBA basketball world.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Indiana Pacers beat the Heat before the NBA finals start.

I want Durant to be the No. 1 player when it comes to the playoffs.

It's his time to replace the king (LeBron James).

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