Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Home court could be decided by drawing
On the final day of the regular season, the playoff seeding drama is over in the East with all eight teams locked in place. The same can't be said for the West with spots 2-4 and 7 and 8 in play on the final night of the season.
And the race for home court advantage throughout the playoffs is still very much in play thanks to the Los Angeles Lakers. After a victory over the Knicks and a Spurs' loss to the Lakers, the Bulls moved into a tie with San Antonio for the top spot in the NBA.
The Bulls can clinch home-court advantage throughout the playoffs on Wednesday with a victory over the New Jersey Nets and a Spurs' loss to the Phoenix Suns. Since all tiebreakers are even, if the Bulls and Spurs are tied after Wednesday's games, the league will conduct a random drawing to decide the No. 1 overall seed.
The Nets (24-57) have lost four straight and 14 of their past 16 games. The Suns have lost eight of their past 11 games and will finish with their first losing record in seven seasons.
San Antonio rested starters Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Antonio McDyess in their loss to the Lakers. But coach Gregg Popovich indicated that those players will all likely return against the Suns.