Thunder fading in race for final playoff spot in West

The Thunder have lost three straight, and their playoff hopes are in jeopardy.

Oklahoma City will enter Tuesday's game against San Antonio just a half game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The top eight teams advance to postseason play.

The Thunder have reached the playoffs five straight years. They've played in the Western Conference Finals three of the past four years and the NBA Finals once, but injuries to reigning MVP Kevin Durant (right foot surgery), forwards Serge Ibaka (right knee surgery) and Nick Collison (left ankle sprain), and shooting guard Andre Roberson (left ankle sprain) have taken their toll, especially on defense. The Thunder are allowing 112 points per game and 52 percent shooting during their skid.

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