Magic closer to ending playoff drought
Orlando is not in — yet — but the Magic is on the brink of ending the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference.
In every year since 2012, the home finale has been the last chance for Magic fans to see their club until the following fall. This time, Orlando might be coming home for Game 3 of the East first round.
The Magic won 20 of its first 51 games and has won 20 of 29 games.
There are still five teams alive for the last three spots in the East, and four of them actually control their destiny. Miami would be assured of getting in by winning its final three games. Orlando, Detroit and Brooklyn would also be in if they all win out. Charlotte remains in the race, though it needs a lot of help.
There still isn’t a sin
● gle seed clinched in the Western Conference, but the picture is starting to get clear.
Golden State’s magic number for the top seed out West is one, and Denver — currently No. 2 in the West standings — cannot fall past the fourth spot regardless of what happens between now and the season ending on Wednesday.
The Warriors can clinch the top seed Sunday at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.