This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
Honey, I shrunk the games schedule! The last month of the NBA season is rapidly becoming like Week 17 in the NFL, except it's maybe worse in terms of the volatility in the game schedule. There are only nine teams playing four games this week, after we had 16 last week plus the Warriors playing five games - though that wasn't fully the case, with Steph Curry getting a rest day Saturday against the Mavericks and Kevin Durant playing as if he was getting a rest day too. But so many teams are now starting to shut down players for the season and giving extra days with no notice, that this last month has descended into farce. Before we get into the particulars of Operation Shutdown (let's pour one out for Derek Bell and his boat), let's list out each team's number of games.
Number of Games:
Four Games: DEN, LAC, LAL, MEM, OKC, ORL, POR, SAC, WAS
Three Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, PHI, PHO, SAS, TOR, UTA
Two Games: NYK
Let's start off with the full-time shutdowns, with the news coming out of Minnesota that Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose and Robert Covington are all out for the last few weeks of the season. The Timberwolves have been eliminated from the playoff race, as the top eight teams in the West are almost settled, with only Sacramento hanging around officially, though even then the Kings are