With a less than capacity roster at their disposal, the Oklahoma City Thunder are gearing up for the stretch drive of the regular season.
OKC has eight games in April, five of them at home, and six of the eight either having clinched a playoff spot or in contention for one.
It starts Wednesday, April 1 at home vs. Dallas.
While the Thunder are just trying to get into the playoffs, they still have a chance to catch the Mavericks for the #7 seed.
Dallas is just three games ahead of OKC for the seventh seed.
With injuries still taking their toll on the Thunder roster, they're just taking it one game at a time rather than trying to take in the big picture.
Kevin Durant is out for the rest of the season, Serge Ibaka is out for the rest of the regular season at least, and Nick Collison and Andre Roberson are also out for the time being with injuries.
Durant underwent his third surgery in six months on Tuesday, March 31, but the coaching staff and players are still feeling his presence as a leader even though he's not playing.
The Thunder players admit they follow the standings to see where they are in the race for the playoffs, but also know they can't worry about what other teams are doing.
In this video are comments from Tuesday, March 31 from head coach Scott Brooks, and centers Enes Kanter and Steven Adams.