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Pelicans make the playoffs. OKC is out. Spurs seeding still TBD -- based on Memphis game.
... But Heat also has 8.8 percent chance of falling to 11th after lottery, which would mean relinquishing pick to Philadelphia.
So Heat will have 1.1 % chance of getting 1st pick in draft, 1.3 % chance of 2nd, 1.58 % chance of 3rd, 87% percent chance of 10th.
They're playing for the love of the game now.
Playoff Brow is upon us.
Zoran Dragic now has 22 points. He had already reached his NBA career-high with 10 points in the first quarter.
Nets blowing out Magic. NONE OF IT MATTERED AFTER ALL. Did it all really happen? I'm so confused.
Nets win, Heat are now activated for victory (what a stupid night).
Nets defeat the Magic. Heat fans can return to rooting for their team again with the result not affecting their lottery positioning.
Watching the Sixers tank is what I imagine it was like to watch Picasso paint
Nets now leading Magic 98-86 with less then 3 minutes left. If they hold on to win, the Heat will finish at the #10 spot for lottery.
Heat 94, Sixers 94 2:53 4Q. Just great stuff.
Brooklyn up 12 late on Magic, so Heat 10th spot seems safe.
The big losers tonight may end up being the Blazers. Not sure they wanted to see Spurs in that 5 seed.
Nets up 6, helping Heat (for lottery) putting pressure on Pacers (up 4 early) for playoff berth.
Pat Riley flew here for this. What do you think is going through his mind right now? My guess is he just wants this to end.
And the 76ers making their move, and the Nets move into the lead.
Pelicans-Spurs: The first playoff game of the year. Great, great game.
NBA says any random draws for lottery positioning will be held Friday.
The Bulls have pulled within 2 of Hawks at end of three. In danger of finishing in 3 seed, and in Cavaliers' bracket.
Heat's 20-point lead in the second quarter has now been cut to 75-71 entering the fourth quarter. Sixers outscored them 25-11 in third.
Heat making headway by heading the wrong way, what was a 20-point lead is 75-71 going into the fourth quarter. No Heat subs in second half.
Something got lost in translation. Zoran Dragic is trying too hard.
Sixers open Q3 on 10-0 run. Spoelstra hasn't gotten out of his seat once.
Welcome to the night the Heat need to blow a large second-half lead.
OKC, even in their weakened state, against the Nets, Celtics, Bucks or Pacers in a series. Thunder sweep? Or in 5?
Tonight -- when you can't tell what teams' motivations are -- is best evidence of need for lottery reform & seeding reform.
TV note: The 2 weekend afternoon ABC NBA games this weekend: OKC or New Orleans at Golden State on Saturday; Boston at Cleveland on Sunday.
Heat lead 64-46 vs 76ers at halftime. Four Heat players in double-digits, including Beasley with 16 and Walker with 15.
Russell Westbrook has 32/4/5. It's not halftime yet. And he's not going to the playoffs. Lord help the rest of the league next season.
If Heat finishes alone 10th-worst, it has 91 percent of keeping lottery pick. If Heat ties with Brooklyn for 10th & loses coin flip, it's 3%
So Brooklyn down four at halftime. Heat up 20 just before halftime. Coin flip for 10th and 11th lottery spots if those results occur.
It appears Norris Cole is going to the playoffs
Did we mention the Magic are up eight on the Nets?
As I tweeted yesterday, the Nets r extremely capable of blowing this. Heat could end up getting 5 of 6 results they needed to make playoffs.
Chris Andersen's new favorite thing is to answer "deez nuts" in media sessions. So that's fun.
Heat 56, Sixers 40 4:15 2Q. Turns out, losing on purpose is hard.
Heat go up by nine. Haslem in for Zoran.
Heat, plagued by erratic 3-point shooting all season (24th in league), is shooting 9 for 12 on 3s on a night bricks would benefit franchise.
Fittingly, one of the better displays of long range shooting from the Heat in a while.
Haslem about to become first Heat sub. I'm sure he's thrilled.
Spoelstra seemingly hoping his team runs out of gas. No substitutions yet.
Four minutes into the second quarter and Spoelstra still hasn't made a sub.
Henry Walker makes one more 3, and he will need to change his name again to get another shot with Heat
76ers go on 10-0 run to tie the game, but James Ennis counters with a fancy reverse lay-up.
Spoelstra: "I’m very proud of the toughness and grit this team has shown the last few weeks, and the guys really developed a connection."
Oh, and Brooklyn is losing . . . great.
Heat up(?) 29-23 at end of first period, actually one of their more efficient periods of the season. Zoran (not Goran) Dragic with 10.
Heat 20, Sixers 19. Zoran Dragic leads all scorers with eight points.
Zoran Dragic now with a career-high seven points. His career high is three. Heat killer? Then again, did the Heat know they had a shooter?
Heat might need to bench Beasley or they'll win this game.
Let's check in on Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's timeout huddle: "Let's be pure about this, guys. Only off-handed three-pointers."
JaKarr Sampson started at point guard tonight for the Sixers. He played power forward in college.
Tonight's starters for Heat-Sixers: one first-rounder, four second-rounders, five undrafted players.
Another 76ers starter stopped last trip down to sell a couple of beers.
Heat up 5-0, which just about should do it. One of 76ers' starters apparently is an usher.
Zoran 3. These guys have gone rogue.
Heat 3, Sixers 0 on a three-pointer by Henry Walker. Game over.
Beasley jumps center, and now he wins the tip.
Birdman on injuries: "I got kicked in the calf, man, and then some guy landed on my ankles, my feet, both my ankles, and it twisted them."
Heat now formally listing Whiteside out due to his hand laceration.
So many Sixers are out with injuries I actually miscounted. It's seven.
For starters: A Heat starting lineup like no other, and other game details for tank-a-palooza starting at 8 p.m. vs. 76ers (Sun Sports).
For the Heat, Hassan Whiteside is listed as out. Definitely will not play.
Sixers list six players out with injuries tonight against the Heat: Aldemir, Canaan, Embiid, Mbah a Moute, Noel, Smith, Wroten.
TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (36-45): Ennis, Walker, Beasley, Johnson, Z.Dragic 76ers (18-63): Covington, Grant, Sims, G.Robinson, Sampson