Oubre injury news makes Warriors play-in scenarios trickier

Will the Warriors have enough firepower to force their way into the tournament?

The Kelly Oubre Jr. injury news dampened the victory afterglow from the Golden State Warriors’ 113-87 win over the Houston Rockets.

Oubre’s defensive versatility and physicality would be a huge help for a desperate Warriors squad looking to scrape their way into the playoffs. If he’s unable to contribute for the rest of the season with his torn wrist ligaments and palm fracture, Golden State’s tattered depth chart will be stripped even further.

I’m mulling over play-in scenarios here. If anyone’s still unsure how it works, here’s the rules from the NBA’s FAQ:

At the conclusion of the regular season but before the first round of the playoffs, the team with the 7th-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the 8th-highest winning percentage in a Play-In Game (the “Seven-Eight Game”). The winner of the Seven-Eight Game in each conference will earn the No. 7 seed.

The team with the 9th-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the 10th-highest winning percentage in the “Nine-Ten Game”. The loser of the Seven-Eight Game will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Game in a Play-In Game, and the winner of that game in each conference will earn the No. 8 seed.

The way it’s looking right now, it’s hard to say who the matchups will be. How crazy would it be if the recuperating Lakers fell to the 7th seed, forcing the defending champs into the play-in games?

Here are the games to keep an eye on today as this whole thing shakes out:

  • Portland @ Boston at 4:30

  • Sacramento @ Dallas at 5:00

  • Philadelphia @ San Antonio at 5:00

  • Toronto @ Los Angeles Lakers at 7:00

Which teams do you folks think would be favorable matchups for the Dubs in the play-in games?