Wizards Playoff Tracker: Alive for five

Wizards Playoff Tracker: Alive for five
April 15, 2014, 11:45 pm
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The Wizards Playoff Tracker lives for one final day. That's because Wednesday is the final day of the NBA regular season - and yet seeding for the Washington Wizards remains a mystery. That story and more, right now...

What you may have missed from last night in the Association:

* Knicks 109 Nets 98: Brooklyn tried, played more of its regulars and yet really never had a chance in the second half against a Carmelo Anthony-less New York squad. The Nets still control their seeding fortunes and would finish fifth with a win.

Standings

  • 1) Indiana^ (55-26)
  • 2) Miami^ (54-25, 0.5 GB)
  • 3) Toronto^ (47-33, 7.5 GB)
  • 4) Chicago^ (47-33, 7.5 GB)
  • 5) Brooklyn^ (44-37, 11.0 GB)
  • 6) Washington^ (42-38, 12.5 GB)
  • 7) Charlotte^ (41-39, 13.5 GB)
  • 8) Atlanta (37-43, 17.5 GB)

^ clinched playoff berth

*Miami clinched Southeast Division title, Indiana clinched Central Division title, Toronto clinched Atlantic Division title

On deck:

*Wizards @ Celtics, 8 p.m.: Washington has taken two of three from Boston

*Bulls @ Bobcats, 7 p.m.: Chicago is 3-0 versus Charlotte this season.

*Nets @ Cavaliers, 8 p.m.: Doesn't sound like Brooklyn is frantic about winning this one.

*Raptors @ Knicks, 8 p.m.: Toronto coach Dwane Casey will have no shortage of "We're disrespected" cards to play the way so many teams are apparently trying to face the Raptors in the first or second round of the playoffs.

News and notes that might be of interest for the Wizards: Actually, this definitely qualifies as interesting information. Specifically, the playoff scenarios. First, the basics:

*Entering the final day, the Wizards can still finish fifth, sixth or seventh. 

*If the Nets, Wizards and Bobcats all win OR all lose, then they finish fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

*The Raptors clinch the third seed with a win or a Bulls loss. Chicago takes third with a win and a Toronto loss. 

[RELATED: Celtics likely won't have Jared Sullinger vs. Wizards]

Tiebreakers:

*If the Nets and Wizards end in a tie, Washington becomes the fifth seed due to having won the season series.

*If the Wizards and Bobcats end in a tie, Charlotte becomes the sixth seed due to having won the season series.

Matchups:

*If the Wizards finish fifth, they face the No. 4 seed (Bulls or Raptors)

*If the Wizards finish sixth, they face the No. 3 seed (Raptors or Bulls)

*If the Wizards finish seventh, they take their talents to South Beach for a meeting with the No. 2 seed Miami Heat

Which scenario should you root for to unfold?:

Good question, but one without a clear answer. Washington went 1-3 versus Toronto this season, 2-2 against Miami and 2-1 when facing Chicago. Then again, the Wizards were smoked last week by the Bulls, who are 36-15 since Jan. 1. They took the last meeting with the Raptors  in triple overtime and just hammered the Heat for the second time (Yes, Miami sat LeBron James and Chris Bosh on Monday, but those two played when Washington won by 17 in January.) We can all probably agree it's best to avoid the Heat, but otherwise...Let us know your take on the possible matchups in the comments section.

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