Thunder need help from Spurs to reach playoffs

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City needs help from an old rival to get into the playoffs.

On Wednesday night, Oklahoma City will need a win at Minnesota, plus a victory by the San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans, to get into the postseason.

The Spurs have been among Oklahoma City's toughest opponents over the years. The Thunder beat San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals in 2012, and the Spurs beat the Thunder at the same point last year.

It's a strange position for the Thunder. Oklahoma City has reached the playoffs five years in a row, with three Western Conference Finals appearances and a trip to the NBA Finals.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said he will only worry about what he can control.

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