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Rockets locked into the 3rd seed; likely to face Thunder

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Can we all agree to hold the MVP vote until after the first round of the playoffs?

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets took care of business against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday Night, winning 110-104. The win locked the Rockets into the third seed in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs respective.

There was a small sliver of hope that the Rockets could push for the second seed with the Warriors potational falling apart without Kevin Durant, and Spurs taking the top spot. But of course, that didn’t happen. In fact, the Warriors have won 13 games in a row — crushing the hopes of non-bandwagons fans everywhere.

The Rockets were always more than likely to end up in the three seed, and the real question is who will be the sixth seed waiting for Rockets in the first round.

The only two candidates remain are the Thunder and Clippers. The Clippers lead the Thunder in the standings by three games.

Both teams have three games remaining. The Clippers have games against the Spurs, Rockets, and Kings. The Thunder have Nuggets twice and Timberwolves. The Thunder must win and out the Clippers, most lose all three games to flip in the standings.

The Rockets are 3-1 against the Thunder and 2-0 against Clippers.

The Rockets-Thunder matchup becomes arguably the most intriguing matchup in the first round with the two top MVP candidates headlining the matchup with James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

But the real American thing to do would be to put the MVP trophy on the line to the winner of the playoff series.