Pacers playoff picture still unclear

But because both the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat won on Monday as well, the Bulls remain tied with the Heat for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings with one game remaining in the regular season.

Lose to the Nets and risk missing the playoffs.

The Pacers (42-40) made the playoffs, so the 2nd-round pick they owe the Nets gets pushed back a year. The future Hall of Famer seemed happy about the chance to perform on the postseason stage yet again as he spoke in front of his locker after Wednesday's 112-73 destruction of the Brooklyn Nets. "We're not counting on anybody else". No. 7 Indiana Pacers No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs.

The final day of the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association regular season promises to be an exciting one with three teams fighting to make the playoffs.

This is how the Bulls and the Heat, two.500 teams end up battling for the final playoff spot on the last day of regular season play.

After he led the league in blocks per game last season, Whiteside officially clinched this year's rebounding crown on Wednesday night with a monstrous 14.1 per game average.

Miami did beat Washington Wednesday, meaning the Heat would have qualified if Brooklyn had put forth a winning effort against the Bulls.

Hoiberg said he expected his team to embrace the pressure.

While that game might hurt Indiana's hope for the 5th or 6th seed, it shouldn't cause the Pacers too much trouble as far as staying in the playoff picture is concerned. The Cavs did get forward Tristan Thompson back after he missed four games with a sprained right thumb. You can't play tight.

"We're just enjoying each other's company, enjoying the opportunity to play together". There were only six road wins, 60-plus total losses comprising an 11-game losing streak and a 16-game losing streak. We need this group to be healthy, to be able to work and we have a lot of room, obviously, for improvement. The Bulls turned an 11-10 deficit into a 27-13 lead entering the second quarter.

All of this is good news for the Heat, but it's certainly not a guarantee Miami will win.

Unfortunately, the Heat won't be in the playoffs.

The Nets will finish with the NBA's worst record, and some of their regulars who weren't on the floor for the last game of the season said they wanted to play. Veterans Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez, and Trevor Booker are all out in this game due to rest. At one point, Brooklyn was down by 21 points, as the Nets trailed the Bulls 43-22 with five minutes left in the first half.

And on Tuesday, when word came that the Nets were sending a skeleton crew out for the Chicago game, Heat managing general partner Micky Arison tweeted a message to fans to not worry what other teams were doing.

"We knew that we didn't have the initial respect of everybody coming in", Lin told Newsday.

In regard to improving this Brooklyn team, Atkinson emphasized, "I'm so focused on how we can get the guys on our roster better". Guess we'll all just have to tune in and see what happens. They are in the playoffs also in a loss coupled with a Miami loss. It's just a great job of being resilient by our players of hanging in there and sticking in there. They talk about the national television games, how important that is for the brand.

"I think next year we're going to make a lot of strides, especially going into the summer". Watch as many as you can involving the top-nine teams and enjoy the chaos. In the spirit of fair play, the Nets could be starting the best players available.

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