The NBA regular season may be winding down, but the postseason race is heating up. From now until the playoffs tip, we'll start taking a closer look at the daily action in the Eastern Conference. More specifically, teams the Washington Wizards are battling for playoff seeding. Check back daily for updates, news and notes pertaining to the Wizards' playoff push...
First Quarter: No joke - Not even the final minutes of the How I Met Your Mother series finale were as frustrating to watch as what took place with the Wizards in Charlotte during the final period Monday night. Let's move on...
What you may have missed from last night in the Association:
*Wizards 94 Bobcats 100: I said, let's move on
*Spurs 103 Pacers 77: On the other hand, with the way Indiana is playing right now, maybe Washington finishing in seventh place in the East wouldn't be so bad.
*76ers 95 Hawks 103: Philadelphia remains the cure for teams needing to snap long losing streak. Also, Paul Millsap (28 points, 17 rebounds) is doing for Atlanta
*Raptors 83 Heat 93: No Dwyane Wade, no Ray Allen, no Greg Oden - and no problem for Miami. Percentage points leader in the East.
*Knicks 92 Jazz 83: Time to stop the jokes seeing as New York went 3-2 on its Western road trip and won for the 11th time in 14 games
- 1) Miami^ (51-22)
- 2) Indiana^ (52-23)
- 3) Toronto^ (42-32, 9.5 GB)
- 4) Chicago^ (42-32, 9.5 GB)
- 5) Brooklyn (39-33, 11.5 GB)
- 6) Washington (38-36, 13.5 GB)
- 7) Charlotte (36-38, 15.5 GB)
- 8) Atlanta (32-41, 19.0 GB)
- 9) NY Knicks (32-43, 20.0 GB)
- 10) Cleveland (30-45, 22.5 GB)
^ clinched playoff berth
*Miami clinched Southeast Division title, Indiana clinched Southeast Division title
News and notes that might be of interest for the Wizards: Washington is now two games back of the Nets - three in the loss column - and have played two more games than Paul Pierce and company. Now realize of Brooklyn's final 10 games, only three are against teams currently in the playoffs (Houston, @Miami, Atlanta). Also, five of those 10 games are at the Barclays Center where the Nets never lose, seriously. So, yeah the Wizards really shouldn't have lost to Charlotte if they wanted to have a good shot at catching Brooklyn. Now it's increasingly a long one, though they do have the tiebreaker.
*Rockets @ Nets: No joke, it's been more than two months since Brooklyn lost at home.