Heat to face Bucks in first round of the playoffs


Even with only two or three games left in the regular season, most first round playoff matchups remain unconfirmed, and are likely to be in flux until the final standings have been cemented.

Thanks to a combination of events on Saturday, we know of at least one playoff series that is officially set: The Miami Heat will open their quest to win a second straight title with a first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Celtics clinched the seventh seed with a win in Orlando on Saturday, and that, coupled with a Milwaukee loss to the Bobcats, locked in the Bucks’ first round date against the Heat.

Milwaukee has actually beaten Miami once this season, and pushed the Heat to overtime in Miami back in November. But the teams have been trending in very different directions as of late, with the Heat going a ridiculous 34-2 since Feb. 3, while the Bucks have won just three of their last 14 games.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.