The 2014-15 NBA D-League playoffs are approximately a week away, so let's take a look at where some of the likely playoff teams stand.
The Eastern Conference
After missing the postseason completely last season, the Maine Red Claws recently locked up a playoff spot by securing themselves an Atlantic Division title. With a 33-14 record, there are just three games left in the regular season. Though they've been finishing off the year rather strongly, M.V.P. candidate Tim Frazier just signed with the Portland Trail Blazers for the rest of the campaign. His absence could throw a wrench into the minor league squad's plans for a forthcoming playoff run.
With a 29-18 record, the Canton Charge stand behind the Red Claws, but have already locked up the division's wild card playoff spot. All other teams are eliminated.
Things are seemingly much tighter in the Central Division. The defending D-League champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants are just two and a half games behind the Sioux Falls Skyforce (28-19). That said, such a similar spot is not yet guaranteed for Fort Wayne (26-22). The veteran-led Iowa Energy are breathing down their opponents' neck with a 24-23 record, just a game and a half behind with three games to go.
Editor's note: The Mad Ants can still capture the Central Division title if Sioux Falls loses to Grand Rapids on Wednesday and the Mad Ants beat Sioux Falls on Friday & Saturday. The Mad Ants would hold the tiebreaker in that situation.
The Western Conference
In the southwest division, the Austin Spurs stand tall above the rest with a 31-19 record, and not to mention, a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. However, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Oklahoma City Blue are at a dead heat for that secondary wild card spot, each with a 26-22 record on the year. Just two games remain. One team stays, but another one goes. Having started off the season slowly, perhaps RGV has momentum on their side as they continue to improve, but the Blue remain hungry for a chance to compete once again.
The D-League's closest and arguably most intense race remains in the west division. The Santa Cruz Warriors and Bakersfield Jam continue to fight tooth and nail, each with a 34-14 record on the year. Each team will make the playoffs, but the battle for the division continues. As fate would have it, the two teams will meet in Bakersfield on Saturday evening, marking the regular season's final contest.