A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture,
with four days remaining in the regular season:
day, another change atop the Eastern Conference. Indiana
has control again.
not only played its way into the playoffs for the
seventh straight year by beating Miami on Saturday
night, but the Hawks knocked the Heat into the No. 2
spot in the East race.
Heat and Indiana are tied at 54-26, but the Pacers hold
the tiebreaker edge. If Indiana beats Oklahoma City and
Orlando, the Pacers would have home-court through at
least the first three playoff rounds.
win eliminated New York, so the East eight are known —
but the order of finish is still very much in doubt.
and Charlotte both won, so the Wizards remained No. 6
and the Bobcats stayed No. 7.
is in the playoffs, becoming the seventh Western team to
clinch by beating Phoenix — a superb game with a
leaves the Suns a half-game behind Memphis in the race
for the last spot, and as schedule-maker luck would have
it, Memphis visits Phoenix on Monday night.
recovered from a 15-point hole to beat New Orleans. The
Rockets stayed No. 4 in the West, adding a half-game to
their cushion over Portland in the race there.
Los Angeles Clippers ensured they would finish with the
West's third-best record after topping Sacramento.
City at Indiana: Reeling Pacers need a win to keep No. 1
in East, and perhaps for their own sanity as well.
Thunder locked into No. 2 out West.
at Detroit: Raptors start day a game behind Chicago in
race for No. 3 in East.
at Brooklyn: Nets have lost two straight and while
they'll probably wind up 5th in East, this isn't the
time for a slide.
at New York: Bulls look to stay hot. Knicks now
officially playing out the string, and an uncertain
summer awaits Phil Jackson.
State at Portland: Trail Blazers trying to keep hope for
No. 4 alive. Warriors don't want to slip out of No. 6.
at Sacramento: Here's hoping Kings fans give Wolves
coach Rick Adelman a proper ovation in perhaps his final
appearance in Sacramento.
at L.A. Lakers: Grizzlies must, must, must avoid
temptation to look ahead to showdown at Phoenix on
matchups if the season ended Saturday...
Indiana-Atlanta, Miami-Charlotte, Chicago-Washington,
San Antonio-Memphis, Oklahoma City-Dallas, L.A.
Clippers-Golden State, Houston-Portland.
2014 playoffs will be the first in NBA history without
the Lakers, Celtics and Knicks.
OF THE DAY
are ultimate games. You work all year for opportunities
to play in games like this." — Mavericks coach