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The End of the Regular Season in the NBA is at hand for the 2014-15 season, lets recap this week & give you the playoff matchups. Thanks to NBA.com & ESPN.com for help in this article Rebounds
- The LA Clippers enter the Playoffs on a roll & the 3rd seed in the West: Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers did their job. Now they can sit back and wait to see what shakes out on the final day of the NBA regular season.The Clippers’ star point guard scored 22 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, to lead his team to a 112-101 win over the injury-depleted Phoenix Suns in the Clippers’ final regular-season game before the NBA playoffs. Los Angeles clinched the West’s No. 3 seed with the victory. Blake Griffin hit his first six shots on his way to 20 points as Clippers coach Doc Rivers played his starters major minutes with a higher playoff seeding on the line. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 14 rebounds, setting the Clippers’ single-season record for rebounds. Jordan grabbed his fifth rebound with 3:50 left in the first quarter, and in so doing passed former San Diego Clipper Swen Nater for the most rebounds in a single season in franchise history with 1,217. Nater had 1,216 in 1979-80. Jordan finished with 1,226, the Clippers completed the first season series sweep of the Suns in franchise history with their seventh straight win over Phoenix and Rivers won his 700th career game as a head coach.
- New Orleans Pelicans get into the Playoffs: Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Davis, who’ll make his playoff debut against Golden State next weekend, came through in the waning minutes with a pair of clutch jumpers, two blocks and two rebounds to prevent the Spurs from pulling off a 23-point comeback. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon added 14 points for New Orleans, which had to win to make the postseason because Oklahoma City also won in Minnesota. The teams finished with identical records, but the Pelicans held the tie breaker on head-to-head results. Jrue Holiday added 11 points, capped by game-sealing free throws with 9.5 seconds left. Tony Parker had 23 points and Borris Diaw 20 for San Antonio, which needed to win to secure the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The loss ended the Spurs’ 11-game winning streak and prevented them from winning their fifth straight Southwest Division title. Instead, they dropped out of the top four seeds because Houston won. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t seem to take the loss too hard. He walked toward New Orleans’ bench to find his former player and assistant, Pelicans coach Monty Williams, and allowed a slight smile during an extended embrace. The Pelicans beat the Spurs in three of four meetings, winning a season series over San Antonio for the first time since New Orleans became an NBA city for the second time in 2002-03. New Orleans moved to the Western Conference and became a Southwest Division foe of the Spurs in 2004-05. The Pelicans finished 28-13 at home.
- The Boston Celtics in rebuilding & make the Playoffs: The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away shot from deep on the right wing with .8 seconds left, lifting Boston to a 95-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday that secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for the Celtics. Evan Turner and Avery Bradley each scored 14 points for Boston, which will face No. 2 seed Cleveland in the playoffs. Brandon Bass added 13 points and nine rebounds.”Hey, to have a chance to compete against the very best in the league is a great opportunity,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “It’s a big mountain, but it is a great opportunity.” It was the fifth straight win for the Celtics, who clinched a playoff spot on Monday when Brooklyn lost. “It’s exactly what we wanted, no matter who it is — whether the Atlanta Hawks or Cleveland,” Crowder said.
- The Timberwolves clinched the most ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery: Andrew Wiggins had 23 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves (16-66) which lost to Oklahoma City 138-113, who finished with the worst record in the league. They will have a 25 percent chance at the No. 1 draft pick when the lottery is held on May 19 and are assured of falling no further than fourth. “It’s interesting because people always talk about the lottery,” coach Flip Saunders said. “It’s not from the perspective of you getting the number one pick, but it shows basically what your basement is.” Kevin Martin scored 29 points for the Timberwolves, who finished the season with 12 straight losses.
- The Heat & Sixers play for the Heat 1st Round Draft Pick: Miami ended the season with two wins in one game.With a stopgap starting five each playing 40-plus minutes, the Heat held on to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 on Wednesday night in a season finale more meaningful for the NBA draft order. The Heat’s win paired with Brooklyn’s win meant Miami is all but assured of keeping its top-10 draft pick. If Miami owns the No.10 pick or better after the draft lottery, the Heat keep that selection. Had the Heat lost and the pick fell to 11th or worse, it would have gone to Philadelphia under the conditions of a trade. Miami holds a 91 percent chance of keeping the pick, with the 76ers only earning the spot if a team from 11 to 14 jumps the Heat in the lottery. “It’s the worst position to be in as a coach and as competitor,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “At some point during the fourth quarter, I got word of the (Nets) final. It’s the worst. But you have to keep your competitive integrity.” Henry Walker hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with nine seconds left for a 103-101 lead. Walker was one of four starters to play all 48 minutes. The Eastern Conference representative in each of the last four NBA Finals, and champions in two of those years, the Heat will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Heat are the first team to make the NBA Finals one year and miss the playoffs the next since the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost the championship series in 2004 and went 34-48 the following season. The Heat lost LeBron James, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis and other key players during the offseason and were smacked by injuries during the season.Chris Bosh ended the season sidelined by a blood clot and Josh McRoberts had season-ending knee injury in December.
So Now the 2015 NBA Playoffs Match-ups for the 1st Round(Best of 7) Eastern Conference 1 Atlanta Hawks(60-22) vs. 8 Brooklyn Nets(38-44) 4 Toronto Raptors(49-33) vs. 5 Washington Wizards(46-36) 2 Cleveland Cavaliers(53-29) vs. 7 Boston Celtics(40-42) 3 Chicago Bulls(50-32) vs. 6 Milwaukee Bucks(41-41) Western Conference 1 Golden State Warriors(66-15) vs. 8 New Orleans Pelicans(45-37) 4 Portland Trail Blazers(51-31) vs. 5 Memphis Grizzlies(55-27) 2 Houston Rockets(56-26) vs. 7 Dallas Mavericks(50-32) 3 LA Clippers(56-26) vs. 6 San Antonio Spurs(55-27)