Resting regulars a topic on the final day of National Basketball Association season

The first game of the series is scheduled for Sunday evening in Boston. The Nets, with nothing to play for and no initiative to tank with Boston owning its draft slot, sat six players including leading scorers Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin.

With a win Wednesday over the Brooklyn Nets or a Miami Heat loss to the Washington Wizards, the Bulls will clinch a playoff spot. "So, I'm genuinely thankful to God for this season's experience to be able to play alongside them". Every team, especially in the Eastern Conference, has had its ups and downs, has had a challenging year.

Although there was still a chance to secure the No. 1 seed in the East, the Cavs put more value on rest and sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers lost their last four games and will be the No. 2 seed entering the Eastern Conference playoffs.

This season's MVP award is going to either Russell Westbrook or James Harden, and while Harden did more in Houston's regular-season finale (34 minutes, 27 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) than Westbrook did in Oklahoma City's (18 minutes, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists), both provided more thrills. "NBA players are showing up".

"I don't know", said the starting point guard, who missed 44 games this season due to a pair of hamstring injuries.

The Cavaliers also signed 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares from the NBA Development League and guard Dahntay Jones to fill out their roster.

This was the most lopsided of the four games, a 26-point blowout win for the Wizards.

"We have to go out and challenge them and play them straight up". We want to go into this offseason healthy.

To all of our members in the NetsDaily community, we thank you for another fun and interesting season.

The Heat (vs. the Washington Wizards) only make the playoffs if they win and either the Pacers or the Heat lose.

The Miami Heat need this win to have any shot of sneaking into the playoffs. But Indiana soon righted the ship and cruised to victory to earn the No. 7 seed.

"It sucks", Johnson told the Miami Herald.

PACERS 104 bt HAWKS 86 - Paul George tallied 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 19 points and seven assists before rolling his left ankle late in the fourth quarter, leading in to a playoff-clinching victory over Atlanta. They will face Cleveland in the opening round.

Archie Goodwin scored 20 points for the Nets and KJ McDaniels finished with 15. Thabo Sefolosha played 23 minutes but didn't score.

Elfrid Payton scored 21 points, including six in the final 1:10 to ice the victory for the Magic.

The Mavericks won despite leaving starters Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews at home.

Memphis, the seventh seed in the Western Conference, was led by Mike Conley and Zach Randolph, who scored 15 points each. In classic Hoiberg fashion, even with a huge lead, Jimmy Butler and Robin Lopez played the entire first quarter.

Westbrook was on pace for another triple-double at halftime with eight assists, five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes before Coach Billy Donovan made a decision to rest him for the second half.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Aaron Gordon had 32 points and 12 rebounds in leading Orlando over Detroit.

JAZZ 101, SPURS 97: Gordon Hayward scored 14 and Utah held on to beat visiting San Antonio.

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