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 seed, for a playoff berth and could meet in the postseason. Check back daily for updates, news and notes.
What you may have missed from last night in the Association...
*Cavaliers 102 Raptors 100: Sure the game was played in Cleveland, but considering the Cavs were without Kyrie Irving and Toronto could really use a win right now, this is what you call a bad loss. At least the Raptors made it close after trailing by 21 points in the third quarter. Not sure that helps them sleep better after losing for the fourth time in six games and falling out of third place in the East. Probably not. This also means if the season ended today, the Wizards would play the Chicago Bulls in the first round.
*Lakers 127 Knicks 96: Los Angeles entered next-to-last in the Western Conference while New York had won eight of 10, making the Knicks the hottest team in the East. So naturally the Lakers dominate with a franchise record 51 points - in the third quarter!?!?
- 1) Indiana^ (51-20)
- 2) Miami^ (48-21, 2.0 GB)
- 3) Chicago (40-31, 11.0 GB)
- 4) Toronto (39-31, 11.5 GB)
- 5) Brooklyn (37-32, 13.0 GB)
- 6) Washington (36-34, 14.5 GB)
- 7) Charlotte (34-37, 17.0 GB)
- 8) Atlanta (31-38, 19.0 GB)
- 9) NY Knicks (29-42, 22.0 GB)
- 10) Cleveland (28-44, 23.5 GB)
- 11) Detroit (26-44, 24.5 GB)
^ clinched playoff berth
News and notes that might be of interest for the Wizards: Over the last 10 games, the Wizards rank 14th in the NBA with 103.2 points per game. The Suns are 13th at 105.2...During that span, John Wall is fourth in the NBA with 9.2 assists per game - but is also averaging an league-worst 4.9 turnovers.
*Nets @ Bobcats: Brooklyn has won nine of 10 in the series including a victory last week
*Suns @ Wizards: Phoenix may have a four-game winning streak, but not a playoff berth of the season ended today (which it doesn't). Now 1/2 game behind Dallas after the Mvs overtime win against Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
*Raptors @ Celtics: Toronto has lost not one, not two, but 11 straight in Boston. Last victory came Jan. 23, 2008.
*Cavaliers @ Pistons: Not really sure why I included this game, but Cleveland has won two straight.
*Hawks @ Timberwolves: Outside of the bottom feeders in Philadelphia and Milwaukee, Atlanta's three-game losing streak is the longest in the East.
*Heat @ Pacers: Which struggling contender snaps out of their funk? Indiana sports a 32-4 home record.
*Knicks @ Kings: New York is 8-18 versus the Western Conference this season.