Playoff Push: For teams ruled by offensive direction, elimination likely for loser

Whoever wins Thursday's showdown between Golden State and Denver likely controls the final West playoff berth.

Originally Published: April 10, 2008
By Andrew Ayres | ESPN.com

It's been said already, and it will be uttered with increasing frequency in the days ahead.

It feels like the playoffs have started.

With another big West showdown coming Thursday night, pitting the league's two highest-scoring teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets, against each other, one has to think that what promises to be a dramatic postseason unofficially kicks off with this contest.

The stakes are high, with these two teams in ...

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