Morning Wrap: C's list of potential first-round foes dwindles
BOSTON -- Here we are, the final day of the NBA regular season, and the Celtics still have no idea who they'll play in the first round of the playoffs, which begin this weekend.
The good news is that the pool of possible foes has shrunk significantly following recent wins by Atlanta and Milwaukee, which took them out of the running to face Boston in the first round.
Here’s a look at the final morning wrap up before we know exactly which team will be coming into the TD Garden this weekend.
INDIANA (41-40) SEVENTH IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
While there are a handful of paths the Pacers can take to get into the playoffs, they would make it a lot easier on themselves if they simply won tonight. That would do it. But if they lost, they would then need some help to get in. UP NEXT: Tonight vs Atlanta.
CHICAGO (40-41) EIGHTH IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
Not only would a win tonight secure them a spot in the playoffs, but they could potentially move up to the No. 7 seed if the Pacers lose to Atlanta . . . which is possible even if the Hawks keep some of their core players out to rest up for the playoffs. UP NEXT: Tonight vs Brooklyn.
MIAMI (40-41) NINTH IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
This is such a tough, tough spot to be in. The Heat have been nothing short of amazing down the stretch, winning three of their last four games against teams that were either fighting for a playoff spot (Charlotte), or looking to improve their playoff position (Washington, Cleveland). And yet for them to get to the playoffs, they’ll have to not only win another game against a playoff-bound club, but get a little help with an Indiana or Miami loss tonight. UP NEXT: Tonight vs Washington.