Goran Dragic was pretty chill about getting a tooth knocked from his mouth. It’s like he’s been through that before.
Oh, right. He has.
Two playoff series are set, both in the Eastern Conference.
The West’s top four seeds are set:
Thankfully, the NBA released a handy guide:
Miami will be seeded:
- #3 if Heat win OR if Hawks lose
- #5 if Hawks win and Heat and Hornets lose
- #6 if Hawks and Hornets win and Heat loses
Atlanta will be seeded:
- #3 if Hawks win and Heat lose
- #4 if Heat win OR if Hawks lose
Boston will be seeded:
- #4 if Celtics and Hawks win
- #5 if Celtics and Hornets lose OR if Celtics win and Hawks lose
- #6 if Hornets win and Celtics lose
Charlotte will be seeded:
- #5 if Heat and Hornets win OR if Hornets, Celtics and Hawks win
- #6 if Hornets lose OR if Hornets and Celtics win and Hawks lose
Portland will be seeded:
- #5 if Blazers win OR Grizzlies lose one game and Mavericks lose
- #6 if Blazers lose, Mavericks win and Grizzlies do not win both games OR Blazers lose, Grizzlies win both games and Mavericks lose
- #7 if Blazers lose, Mavericks win and Grizzlies win both games
Memphis will be seeded:
- #5 if Grizzlies win both and Blazers lose
- #6 if Blazers win and Grizzlies win both OR if Grizzlies split two games and Mavericks lose
- #7 if Grizzlies lose both games OR Grizzlies split two games and Mavericks win
Dallas will be seeded:
- #5 if Mavericks win, Blazers lose and Grizzlies lose at least one game.
- #6 if Blazers win, Mavericks win and Grizzlies lose at least one game OR Mavericks win, Blazers lose and Grizzlies win both OR if Mavericks lose and Grizzlies lose both games
- #7 if Blazers win and Grizzlies win both OR if Mavericks lose and Grizzlies win at least once
Houston will be seeded:
- #8 if Rockets win OR Jazz lose
Utah will be seeded:
- #8 if Jazz win and Rockets lose
The Pistons’ loss to the Heat on Tuesday sealed Detroit as the eighth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, setting up a matchup with the top-seeded Cavaliers.
The Pacers, who beat the Knicks earlier in the night, also locked in the seventh seed and a first-round series against the second-seeded Raptors.
Dwyane Wade got off to his slowest start offensively in a decade and finished with 14 points, helping the Heat to a 99-93 win.
Miami will win the Southeast Division and earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs if it closes the regular season Wednesday night by beating Boston on the road.
Wade didn’t score until there was 4:14 left in the first half. He had not been scoreless that long at the start of a game since March 17, 2006, against Charlotte, according to STATS. Wade broke his scoreless start with a three-point play and had seven points in a 50-second stretch.
Joe Johnson scored 25 points, including consecutive 3-pointers to help the Heat take a seven-point lead midway through the fourth. He made another shot from beyond the arc with 46.5 seconds left to put them up by seven again.
The Pistons were without their leading scorer, Reggie Jackson, who missed the game with an abdominal strain.
Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris each scored 16. Steve Blake scored 10, starting in Jackson’s place. Andre Drummond had nine points and 18 rebounds.
Trailing 64-62, the Pacers (44-37) finished the final seven minutes of the third quarter with a 17-6 run that gave Indiana a 79-70 lead heading into the final period.
New York (32-50) led at the end of the first and second quarters before the Pacers rallied in the third quarter.
The Knicks are prioritizing triangle fit when it comes to players.
But maybe not with the coach?
A source close to the situation told me on Monday that Jackson has reached out to former Golden State Warriors head coach and Knicks point guard Mark Jackson to discuss the Knicks head coaching position.
In what was termed a “generic initial discussion,” the Knicks president is exploring several options and plans on interviewing more than a few candidates for the position including Mark Jackson
Phil Jackson reportedly considered Mark Jackson in 2014, when New York hired Derek Fisher. Mark hasn’t coached in the NBA since, and it doesn’t seem the situation has changed enough on either side to make a pairing any more logical.
Mark deserves more credit for helping to improve the Warriors’ defense. But he seems like a nightmare to work with. Phil bemoaned Fisher’s lack of openness to help from Phil. Mark was known for building walls within the Warriors organization, which speaks to why they fired him. Plus, Mark neither coached the triangle nor played for Phil.
But Mark played for the Knicks, and many New Yorkers still like him. That could explain his repeated candidacy. Interviewing Mark appeases a certain faction and gives Phil the ability to say he cast a wide net. I suppose Mark could impress in a meeting, though that looks like a longshot.