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