The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers wrapped things up on Wednesday in a match that helped decide the seeds left in the East. The Pacers’ victory locked them into 4-No. 5 games against the Miami Heat, with Friday’s meeting between the two to decide the final seed. The Philadelphia 76ers are ranked 6th with a win over Indiana. With that said, all four East Conference first round matches have been arranged.
However, the playoff picture in the West may not be decided until Friday. The Clippers can secure the No. 2 seed with a win over the Nuggets on Wednesday. The Rockets’ defeat against the Pacers ensured a 4-No. Five matches against Oklahoma City Thunder, with the final seed still to be decided in the final matches of the season. All four Western teams that compete for the last two spots will play on Thursday to close the playoff picture.
Here̵7;s the latest on standings, Wednesday and Thursday matches to watch and everything you need to know. Check back on the highlights and updates of the day.
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Grizzlies won’t face Giannis in the final seed match
Giannis Antetokounpo says he accumulated anger from the lack of foul calls during the reboot, which was what led to him stabbing Mortiz Wagner head-on.
If the Memphis Grizzlies can settle the business last Thursday by the Milwaukee Bucks, they may need to send Moe Wagner a thank you.
The Grizzlies are 1-6 in the bubble and in danger of being dropped out of the knockout stages, but they took a break on Wednesday when the NBA announced that Giannis Antetokounmpo would miss Thursday’s game with a single suspension. battle for hitting Wagner on Tuesday.
Memphis’ situation is simple: Win, and they’re joining the match. Lose, and it’s out of their reach.
The Bucks are placed in the top seed group of the East and are not motivated to toss their best players on the pitch nonetheless, and the suspension of Antetokounmpo is at least an easy decision for coaching. member Mike Budenholzer.
But that’s not the Grizzlies concern. After Tuesday’s defeat to the Boston Celtics, coach Taylor Jenkins said they are trying to keep focus on themselves, maintaining they are not up to their own standards. However, it’s no pity that the reigning MVP won’t find it. – Royce Young
Nick Nurse to his assistant coach vs. Sixers
Toronto Raptors manager Nick Nurse will let assistant Adrian Griffin take over the team for Wednesday’s match against the Philadelphia 76ers, which announced about 90 minutes before kick-off.
Griffin thanked Nurse for the opportunity during media availability.
“I think [Nurse] is a wonderful person, “said Griffin. He understands that a coach like me needs some representation to be the head coach. He knows my ambitions and wants to see me grow as an individual on and off the pitch. It was a great coach gesture. He approached me with it. It just shows the characters that Coach Nurse has. We have a first-class organization for a reason. “ – Andrew Lopez
Games must see on Wednesdays
LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets | 9 p.m. ET
Before the LA Clippers training on Tuesday, coach Doc Rivers allowed himself a moment to wonder what Montrezl Harrell would be like back with the team.
Harrell, who left the bubble last month in favor of a family emergency, is currently quarantined after returning and is likely to return to the team on Friday.
“It would be great if our normal spin was at least once in a bubble,” says Rivers, who doesn’t have her complete list in Florida yet. “We have to be the only team that doesn’t have their normal spin in this full bubble game.”
In fact, the Clippers are not alone. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone knows all too well the pain.
Entering Wednesday night’s match between the Nuggets and the Clippers, Malone still doesn’t have a full roster. He didn’t have a starter Gary Harris and Will Barton for any of the seed games, and he just brought Jamal Murray back for a few games.
Despite the lack of key players from both teams, the Clippers and the Nuggets managed to maintain the No. 2 and No.3 seeds at the Western Conference, respectively. The Clippers (47-23) can win 2 seeds by winning against the Nuggets. Denver (46-25) could drop to 4th place if losing the other two games and Houston (44-26) wins the match.
A Denver win over the Clippers will reassure the Nuggets that they won’t clash with the top-rated Los Angeles Lakers until the Western Conference final is at the earliest. And of course, if both the Nuggets and the Clippers are still in second and third place, they’ll likely face each other in the second round.
With nearly half of the squad arriving late in front of the bubble and the others getting injured once inside, the Nuggets don’t even have enough players to play 5vs 5 in most of their time in the bubble. They suffered a series of injuries to Harris (right hip strain), Barton (right knee pain) and Murray (hamstring). But the arrival of Michael Porter Jr gave the Nuggets a one-and-a-half lead to the Rockets in fourth place.
The Clippers were also late but then three players – Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Harrell – left for family reasons of emergency. Harrell left on 17 July and just returned on Sunday night and will not be present to play on Wednesday. Beverley will miss the fourth game in a row because of a strain on his left leg and guard Landry Shamet is also sidelined with a sprained left leg.
But Rivers’ team is slowly moving toward a full-blown comeback with Harrell potentially being promptly quarantined for Friday’s regular season final against Oklahoma City. Williams said on Tuesday that opponents need to be wary of motivated Harrell once the Sixth Year’s finalist returns.
The picture of the Nuggets’ health is not clear. Malone wasn’t sure when he would have a perfectly healthy team in the bubble, but he made it clear he wouldn’t sit and wait for that moment to happen.
Of course, Porter averaged 23.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 46.3% shot from outside the arc in the bubble helped a lot. And subordinates like Monte Morris, PJ Dozier and Bol Bol responded to the match time, and almost upset the Lakers on Monday night.
“I’m not trying to be cold-blooded, but we can’t wait for the wounded,” Malone said. “The knockout stages won’t wait for us and we can’t wait for the boys to get injured. Who’s ready and able to play, go out and play.” – Ohm Youngmisuk
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Updated play-in standings West
8. Portland Trail Blazers | 34-39 (.466) | –
t-9. Memphis Grizzlies | 33-39 (.458) | 0.5 GB
t-9. Phoenix Suns | 33-39 (.458) | 0.5 GB
11. San Antonio Spurs | 32-38 (.457) | 0.5 GB
READ MORE: Scenarios for joining the NBA Western Conference
Games must see on Thursday
Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies | 4 p.m. ET
Memphis could secure a place in the play-in with a win over the Bucks, locking at least the ninth seed. A win and a loss against Portland the following night put the Grizzlies in eighth place, Help them dominate the play-in game. The good news for Memphis is probably not up against a powerful Bucks roster. Giannis Antetokounmpo could nonetheless be sidelined for the headshot of Tuesday’s match. Milwaukee could choose to give the beginners more rest to advance to the knockout stages with the top seed in the East locked securely. – Andrew Lopez
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns | 4 p.m. ET
Like the Grizzlies, the Suns could also benefit from a team looking to the knockout stages rather than going all out in the final seed match. With Tuesday’s defeat to Portland, Dallas was placed in the 7th seed group in the knockout round. The Mavericks can expect Luka Doncic (32 points, 11.3 assists, 11 rebounds in six bubble games) and Kristaps Porzingis (30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks in six bubble games), This could open everything up for Phoenix. Although the Suns are looking to win 8-0, a go to the knockout stages is not yet guaranteed. They need either Memphis or Portland to lose, combined with a win of their own. It would be Phoenix’s first eight-win streak since 2010, and also the last time Suns made it to the knockout stages. – Lopez
San Antonio Spurs vs. San Antonio Utah Jazz | 6:30 pm ET
Before Tuesday’s game, Spurs manager Gregg Popovich was asked what he would say if someone told him a month ago that San Antonio had a 6-2 lead in the bubble and made it to the qualifiers direct. “I’ll have them tested for drugs,” Popovich was dumbfounded. Popovich notes that when your team has no desire to win, you have to move toward growth. Luckily for Spurs, that has turned into a possible stop for the playoffs. However, because of the percentage point, Spurs need more help than others. However, Utah can play matches in the knockout rounds. Currently in sixth place, Jazz has a chance to rise if things go the right direction with other matches. – Lopez
In the second consecutive match scoring more than 50 points, Damian Lillard gained 61 points and 8 assists as he led the Trail Blazers to a 134-131 victory in a wild match against the Mavericks.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets | 9 p.m. ET
You should really follow this game to see what Damian Lillard does next: 51 points? 61 points? Than? Who knows. Lillard has averaged 37 points and has 9.3 assists in 41.4 minutes. CJ McCollum is the only other player in Florida to play an average of 40.0 minutes as Portland has relied on their one-two combination to keep the Blazers in the playoffs. Brooklyn locked in 7th seed and Jacque Vaughn – who is coaching for a chance to go on as the Nets head coach next season – helped his team win a 5-2 final with three wins consecutive. – Lopez
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics | At noon ET
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers | 1:30 pm ET
New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic | 9 p.m. ET
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