Apr 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
Even with only two or three games left in the regular season, most first round playoff matchups remain unconfirmed, and are likely to be in flux until the final standings have been cemented.
Thanks to a combination of events on Saturday, we know of at least one playoff series that is officially set: The Miami Heat will open their quest to win a second straight title with a first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Celtics clinched the seventh seed with a win in Orlando on Saturday, and that, coupled with a Milwaukee loss to the Bobcats, locked in the Bucks’ first round date against the Heat.
Milwaukee has actually beaten Miami once this season, and pushed the Heat to overtime in Miami back in November. But the teams have been trending in very different directions as of late, with the Heat going a ridiculous 34-2 since Feb. 3, while the Bucks have won just three of their last 14 games.
- Report: Mo Williams signing with Cavaliers for most of their MLE 17
- Report: Cavaliers, Clippers discussing Jamal Crawford for Brendan Haywood trade 26
- Reports: David West agrees to veteran minimum deal to play for Spurs 76
- Report: Marc Gasol, Grizzlies reach deal on five-year, $110 million contract 9
- Manu Ginobili tweets he’ll play next season 5
- Who is left: 15 best free agents still on the board 14
- Report: Detroit Pistons sign restricted free agent Reggie Jackson for five-years, $80 million 38
- Report: Lakers near deal to sign Brandon Bass, may trade Nick Young 36