April 10, 2018, 11:34 pm
Greetings Hoop-Ballers! Welcome to the final day of the regular season. If you are still with us, congrats on staying relevant. For most Roto leagues, today is where champions are crowned. Yes, it will be a mess out there. Good luck to you!
If you are in a crazy head-to-head matchup, congrats on getting this far. Crush the competition.
There is something bittersweet about it being the last day of the NBA season. It went by so quickly, didn’t it? On one hand, the NBA playoffs should be a nice treat. Both sides have glaring storylines which should make for an entertaining battle. LeBron James is a fourth seed, so that’s new. On the other hand, regular season fantasy basketball is over. That’s a bummer.
Yet the show must go on. Tuesday night was the last look for a few teams. Let’s check in on what went down on the eve of the regular season finale.
SIXERS WIN FIFTEENTH STRAIGHT GAME
The Sixers took care of the Hawks 121-113, winning a franchise record 15th game in a row. They were a bit shorthanded, as Joel Embiid (face) sat out once again, though he is close to a return. Dario Saric (lip, tooth) played just 13 seconds before he was elbowed in the face and did not return. Consider him questionable for Wednesday’s finale.
J.J. Redick was the unlikely hero in this one, shooting 9-for-17 from the field for 28 points with four boards, five dimes and six 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
Ersan Ilyasova filled in admirably for Saric, putting up a 26-8-2-1-2 line with four 3-pointers in 31 minutes. This just shows how deep and real the Sixers are this season for a playoff run.
With the win, the Sixers remain in the driver’s seat for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference over the Cavs. The Sixers take on the Bucks today, who are also fighting for playoff position and a first-round draft pick. Something’s gotta give.
WIZARDS DOWN CELTICS, WANT MORE
Everyone wants the Celtics round one. Who can blame them? The Raptors have the best record, the Sixers are white hot after winning 15 straight, and the Cavs have LeBron James. Despite all of that, the Celtics are down Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward, just to name a few.
The Celtics are locked in to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Coming in to Tuesday, the Wizards were in 8th but a win over the Celtics moves them back into a tie with the Heat for the 7th seed. They wanted it.
They got it.
The Wizards kept their end of the bargain to fans with a 113-101 win over the Celtics, giving them a much better chance at a rematch. The Heat and Wizards are tied for the 7th seed. The Wizards take on the Magic, while the Heat play the Raptors tonight.
John Wall led the way with 29 points (9-for-16 FGs, 7-for-9 FTs), 12 dimes, seven boards, three steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes. After the game, Wiz coach Scott Brooks said Wall is “most likely not” playing in Orlando due to the back-to-back set. Wall surpassed 5,000 career assists in the game, but he will have to wait right there for the regular season.
Otto Porter Jr. (leg strain) is also doubtful for Wednesday, as he left Tuesday’s game early.
The Wiz will have to chase a higher seed short-handed.
SUNS OUT, TANKS OUT
The Suns and Mavs called an end to their seasons a day early (thankfully) and engaged in shear tank-foolery. The Mavs needed this one desperately, so they blew a 10-point halftime lead to give the Suns a win.
DFS hero Alec Peters went off for 36 points, nine boards, two assists, one steal and eight 3-pointers in 28 minutes. This is silly-season at its finest. If you had Peters anywhere, go buy a lottery ticket. Fast.
Alex Len closed out his last day on the Suns roster with 18 points, five boards, six assists and one block in 27 minutes. He goes into free agency ready to get injured elsewhere. Probably overpaid, too.
The Mavs played Aaron Harrison for 48 minutes, if that is any indication on how much they cared to win on Tuesday. Harrison finished a -27 +/- on the night.
Congrats Mark Cuban on a top-5 lottery ball.
JAZZ DEMOLISH WARRIORS BY 40
The Jazz began the with a 33-16 lead after one quarter, but quickly turned this game into a snoozefest by half with a 62-33 lead. They won all four quarters, dominating for a 119-79 embarrassment of the defending champs.
Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell came into the game wearing a hoodie which gave the dictionary definition of “Rookie,” in effect taking a shot at Ben Simmons for technically being in the NBA for a second season.
Mitchell backed up his hoodie with another superb performance, shooting 8-for-12 from the field for 22 points, three boards one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
The stingy Jazz defense held true to form, holding the Warriors to 34.9 percent shooting from the field. Klay Thompson lowered that figure, shooting 9-for-27 from the field for a 23-1-1-1 line with three 3-pointers. He missed several open shots.
Kevin Durant mailed it in too, shooting 5-for-12 from the field for 13 points, four boards and one assist with no cash counters in 29 minutes.
The NBA playoffs are about to get really good.
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