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Playoff Chase: We know all 16 teams going to dance, who dances with whom still up in air

Apr 15, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

Jeff Teague, George Hill, David West Jeff Teague, George Hill, David West

Here is what we know:

• All 16 teams that will be going to the playoffs. With Memphis beating a resilient Suns team on the field is set in both the East and West.

• Indiana (1) vs. Atlanta (8). With the Heat resting LeBron James and Chris Bosh then promptly losing to the Wizards the top two spots in the East are set. The Hawks were already locked into the 8 seed. This is great for Indiana in the same way Florida State’s football home opener is against the Citadel — it’s a tune up round where they can work out the kinks.

• Houston Rockets (4) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (5). Out west the middle of the field is set (as are the Spurs in the top slot), but everything else is up for grabs. This is a pretty interesting series. Can Portland slow the James Harden train with Nicolas Batum? Do you play more Jeremy Lin to exploit the “defense” of Damian Lillard or do you need Patrick Beverley on the court to try and slow Lillard on offense? How does Houston match up with LaMarcus Aldridge?

Aside that, pretty much everything is still up in the air.

In the East, Monday night’s win by the Wizards over the Heat not only set Miami as the second seed, it kept the dream of the Wizards slim chance of getting to the five seed alive. That Wizards win also kept Charlotte one game back in the battle not to be the seven seed and avoiding Miami in the first round. If the Wizards beat Boston on Wednesday they can finish no lower than 6th. The Bulls and Raptors both won on Monday keeping Toronto as the three seed. If Toronto beats the Knicks on Wednesday they are the three seed, if they lose and Chicago beats Charlotte then the Bulls are the three seed.

Out West, the Clippers slim hopes of the two seed are alive but they need to win their last two games then hope Oklahoma City loses to Detroit on Wednesday. Good luck with that. Locked in out West are the Spurs at No. 1, the Rockets at No. 4, the Trail Blazers at No. 6 and the Warriors at No. 6. Winner of the Dallas/Memphis game Wednesday is No. 7, loser is No. 8.

There are just two games on Tuesday night’s board but both have playoff Implications.

If the Nets beat the Knicks, the Nets become locked in as the five seed in the East.

If the Clippers beat the Nuggets, their slim hopes of being the two seed are still alive, lose and they are locked in as the three.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I know one team that is NOT among those 16 teams: New York Knicks. What a pathetic franchise. Before I go to bed every night, I ask myself, why did I become a Knicks fan? Knicks have destroyed my life.

    • au1978 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Please don’t let a basketball team destroy your life.

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Too late.

  2. wwttww - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Tune up? Hawks can give Indy a series. Wait and see.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • john242322 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      That was my favorite comment of this whole article. Tune-up made perfect sense. Pacers will win this series with ease. Consider it a lock

  3. cantonb0und13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Teague > Hill/Watson
    Korver/L. Williams < Stephenson/Turner
    D. Carroll D. West
    P. Antic > R. Hibbert

    • cantonb0und13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      I don’t know what happened there. But Carroll West.

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Damnit. Basically George is better than Carroll and Millsap is better than West. Such a fail, like the Knicks.

      • calkinsrob - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Trolling on such high levels. I really dont even want to give attention to such an awful post but I cant resist lol. its just awful.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Not only that but the Heat are about to get BLOWN OUT by the Bobcats. I’m talking a series sweep 4-0 with a total point differential of no less than 150. People have no clue… the way Al Jefferson is playing he’s clearly the MVP and Gerald Henderson is basically LeBron’s biological father he’s so much better.

  4. malek773 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    The Hawks aren’t going to be a tune up for Indy. This will be a decent series. In the end Indy will win as I just can’t see them losing to ATL 4times in 7 games. The series may go 7 games but Indy will eventually win. Round 2 is where they will lose. Chicago, Brooklyn, and Toronto will all be able to beat them.

    • john242322 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM


      • malek773 - May 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Incorrect. More like pretty damn accurate!

  5. 12444uggg - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Pacers in 5.

  6. blazertop - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Rockets will be in the Finals

  7. jimmy53 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Florida State’s home opener is against Oklahoma State in Dallas—-not quite the Citadel

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Second game… that makes it much better.

  8. phluffyclouds - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Come on BOBS!!! Beat Chicago and C’s beat Washington and we grab the 6th seed and play Toronto instead of Miami!!

    Let’s go CHARLOTTE

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