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...
What you may have missed from last night in the Association:
* Bobcats 94 Wizards 88 OT: 0 for 8 from the field in overtime isn't going to get it done even when the other team only makes one basket.
* Nets 111 Magic 115: Not even a scorching Brooklyn squad could stop Orlando from shooting a season 55.8 percent from the field. The Nets essentially are locked into the fifth seed.
* 76ers 114 Raptors 125: Further proof of Philly's brutal season comes in realizing Toronto never swept the season series before this season.
* Celtics 97 Hawks 105: Wait, wasn't Atlanta headed for the lottery? Apparently Boston's brutal road streak - record tying 13th straight loss - dominates all.
* Heat 102 Grizzlies 107: Miami isn't exactly heading into the postseason on a roll. That's two straight losses, this one despite 37 points from LeBron James.
* Pacers 104 Bucks 102: Indiana coach Frank Vogel stuck to his word and didn't play of the usual starters. No Paul George, no Roy Hibbert and ultimately, no problem thanks to 47 combined points from Luis Scola and Evan Turner. Back in first place with a game at Miami on Friday.
* Bulls 102 Timberwolves 87: Sixth straight win for Chicago, longest active streak in the NBA. Nobody wants to face these guys in the playoffs.
- 1) Indiana^ (54-25)
- 2) Indiana^ (53-25, 0.5 GB)
- 3) Toronto^ (46-32, 7.5 GB)
- 4) Chicago^ (46-32, 7.5 GB)
- 5) Brooklyn^ (43-35, 10.5 GB)
- 6) Charlotte^ (40-38, 13.5 GB)
- 7) Washington^ (40-38, 13.5 GB)
- 8) Atlanta (35-43, 18.5 GB)
- 9) New York (33-45, 20.5 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: Since Charlotte took the head-to-head tiebreaker with Wednesday's win, Washington must avoid a tie for the sixth seed. That's certainly a possibility based on the remaining schedule for both teams.
Washington: @Orlando, Milwaukee, Miami, @Boston
Charlotte: @Boston, Philadelphia, @Atlanta, Chicago
That's three lottery bound teams for the Wizards plus possibly a Heat squad in position to rest players. Meanwhile, the Bobcats close the season with the Hawks and Bulls. For now those final two teams have reason to play on. Even if Chicago clinches its spot, coach Tom Thibodeau won't let his side coast. The four teams on Washington's side are a combined 12-28 over their last 40 games.
*No games in the Eastern Conference on Thursday