The Reno Bighorns are scuffing at the heels of the Erie BayHawks (25-23) in this D-League playoff chase.
An expansion franchise just like Erie, Reno (24-24) is just a game behind the BayHawks after its 124-118 upset win at Austin (29-18) on Tuesday night.
As we all know, Reno started the season in reverse. The Bighorns lost 12 of their first 13 games.
Boy how times have changed. Reno has won its last four games and 12 of its last 16.
If the Bighorns win their final two games at Los Angeles (18-31) on Thursday and at home against Colorado (33-13) on Saturday, and Erie loses its last two against Fort Wayne (19-29), the Bighorns still may not make the playoffs, but they’ll put Erie out of the postseason business.
As good as Reno is playing, Albuquerque (23-24) is another team Erie should concern itself with.
The Thunderbirds lost Tuesday at Colorado, but they are far from being out of this playoff race.
If they’re able to pull off an upset win Wednesday against the 14ers and close out the season with two home victories against lowly Tulsa (14-34), which has the worst record in the D-League, and Erie splits its final two games, that could spell possible disaster for the BayHawks.
The BayHawks and Thunderbirds would finish the season tied and if it’s for that final playoff spot, Albuquerque would get the bid because it owns the tiebreaker against Erie.