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Celtics Want To Avoid Wade
Does Dwyane Wade have the ability to take over a series against Boston?
Before Andrew Bogut's season-ending arm injury, the argument about whom the Boston Celtics wanted to see in the postseason probably tipped more in the favor of Miami than Milwaukee. Now the general opinion seems to be swaying back toward the Bucks, particularly after Boston's victory in Milwaukee on Saturday night.
But for those who are having a hard time trying to pick a side to root for during the final week of the regular season, consider this: Boston has struggled mightily against opposing superstars over the last month of the season. So before you lobby for Miami, consider the Dwyane Wade factor.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has, and not just because he loves to gush about a fellow Marquette alum. Rivers has mentioned multiple times over the past two weeks that, should the Celtics draw Miami, the best player on the court will be on the opposing team, which is always a dangerous proposition in the postseason.
Schedule: Tuesday, April 13
Wild West Winding Down
With a win over the Suns on Tuesday, Denver can basically wrap up the West's No. 3 seed.
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In an upset, we may know all the West pairings before much has been settled in the East. The Thunder's 103-95 loss to Portland not only sets the Lakers-Thunder matchup as the 1 vs. 8 pairing in the West, it also takes much of the starch out of Wednesday's Dallas-San Antonio game. The Spurs have basically nothing to play for -- if they lose they're No. 7, and if they win they're probably still No. 7 since Portland only needs to beat Golden State at home in the season finale on Wednesday to get the No. 6 seed.
Of course, Dallas might not have much motivation either, as a Denver win in Phoenix or a Utah loss to Golden State on Tuesday would lock Dallas into the No. 2 seed. Given all those considerations and Gregg Popovich's penchant for resting his veterans whenever humanly possible, we can move forward assuming No. 2 Dallas will play No. 7 San Antonio in the first round and that the Blazers will be the No. 6 seed.
That leaves only spots Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to settle, and those could be decided by closing time Tuesday if Denver beats Phoenix to wrap up the No. 3 slot. If so, that would leave only Phoenix and Utah to fight it out on the final day for seeds Nos. 4 and 5 (which would be the case regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's Jazz-Warriors game).