The East race: 5 teams for 3 spots, sep­a­rated by 2 losses

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports -

The last game of the Mi­ami Heat sea­son, the last reg­u­lar-sea­son game of Dwyane Wade’s ca­reer, is April 10 in Brook­lyn. If he had his way Wade would play for a few largely cer­e­mo­nial min­utes, get a ton of shots up and then grab a seat on the bench to watch the clock run down to the play­offs. Odds are, it won’t hap­pen that way.

This race for the bot­tom of the Eastern Con­fer­ence bracket is likely go­ing down to the wire. For the Heat, that means the end of Wade’s ca­reer could come quicker than they wanted.

There are three un­claimed play­off spots in the East, with five teams still in the thick of the race, the whole batch sep­a­rated by two losses. No. 6 Brook­lyn (38-37), No. 7 Detroit (3737), No. 8 Or­lando (37-38), No. 9 Mi­ami (36-38) and No. 10 Char­lotte (35-39) have two weeks left to de­cide who’s in and who’s out. And Wade can en­vi­sion that Heat at Nets game de­cid­ing play­off fates – as well as his own fate.

“I think we all know it’s go­ing to come down to the end,” Wade said. “It’s not the way I wanted it to be. I’d like the last game not to be that way so I could just shoot all my shots. Now we'll have to play a good bas­ket­ball game. It is what it is.”

High­lights

Trail Blaz­ers 118, Bulls 98: Seth Curry scored a sea­son-high 20 points and Port­land won at Chicago. Thun­der 107, Pac­ers 99: Paul Ge­orge scored 31 points against his for­mer team, and Ok­la­homa City beat In­di­ana.

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