Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Resting regulars a topic on the final day of NBA season

Resting regulars a topic on the final day of NBA season

The Bulls have Wade (elbow) back in the lineup for the finale but could be missing point guard Rajon Rondo (wrist) for the fourth straight game.

The Heat (41-41) needed either Chicago, which owned the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Heat, or IN (42-40) to lose Wednesday to squeeze into the final playoff spot IN the Eastern Conference.

In the final game of the season, the Nets made a decision to rest Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin and Trevor Booker, while Quincy Acy, Sean Kilpatrick and Joe Harris sat out due to injury.

Should either the Bulls or Pacers lose, Miami can lock up a playoff spot with a win over the Washington Wizards.

In their regular season finale, the Heat (41-41) became the first team in National Basketball Association history to come from 19 games under.500 to finish the season with a.500 record after they beat the Washington Wizards (49-33) by a score of 110-102 on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. Both teams are only a game back of the Pacers.

"We all did our job to get us into the playoffs", said Jimmy Butler, who scored a game-high 25 points against the Nets. They won a tiebreaker over Miami to get in by virtue of a 2-1 record over the Heat this season.

However, thanks to the Nets and the favorable schedule to close the year for the Bulls, the red-hot Heat may still miss out on postseason action. There is another team that is in the mix for the Eastern Conference playoffs; the Bulls.

Another balanced effort: When talking about this Heat team, Erik Spoelstra likes to say the "sum is greater than the parts". At NetsDaily, we'd like to wish her all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for bringing kindness and professionalism to the Nets organization. If Orlando and Philly finish with the same record, the Sixers will have the slightly better lottery odds.

"I know they addressed it at the owner's meetings", head coach Fred Hoiberg said after the Bulls' shootaround on Monday morning.

He wanted to play mainly because it was a chance to go up against his brother, Bulls center Robin Lopez. "You have to play your game".

Dwyane Wade had his eye on the postseason from the moment he signed with the Chicago Bulls. "I don't know what came of that conversation".

Chicago (41-41) earned the No. 8 playoff seed and will meet the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

This year, however, the Pacers are at home for their regular-season finale and facing the Atlanta Hawks at 8:00 p.m. Goran Dragic is averaging 20.2 points and 5.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 16.9 points and 14.1 rebounds.

But this time, the Nets are taking the resting to another level.

Wednesday night, the story was the lack of help the Heat got in its attempt to make the playoffs.

"We're just enjoying each other's company, enjoying the opportunity to play together". Every first-round matchup is set, the only thing left to be determined is whether the Jazz or Clippers will have homecourt advantage when they face off in Round 1.

"Like we do everything, it's a decision that we took as a franchise, an organization".

Boston clinched the top seed in the East, ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their last four games, playing the final two without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

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