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Thunder host KD, Warriors as playoff chase heats up

The cupcake saga continues tonight.

With the Golden State Warriors (56-21) visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33) for the fourth and final regular season meeting, there is sure to be plenty of drama.

Then again, there always is when Kevin Durant returns to the city that launched his NBA career.

With the Western Conference playoff race tightening up by the day, the Thunder should be weary to not let the latest cupcake chapter get the best of them emotionally. Unless the Thunder desire a 2 vs. 7 playoff series with the Warriors in the quarterfinals, playoff seeding outweighs a cupcake pity war.

For those unfamiliar, former Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins started the cupcake storyline by using the dessert to describe "soft" players. Naturally, it rubbed off on Russell Westbrook, who used it when his superstar counterpart, Durant, joined the already dominant Warriors.

You can bet the Thunder's playoff aspirations that there will be numerous cupcake appearances tonight and plenty of shade thrown as the budding rivalry continues.

More important for the Thunder is how the team handles crunch time situations in neck-and-neck games, something OKC has struggled with this season.

"I thought tonight we took our time coming down the stretch and got the shots we wanted," Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony said after a 109-104 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. "Guys were in position on the court to make plays, but we executed and manipulated shots that we wanted to get."

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