Heat eliminated from playoffs, despite winning finale

Haslem, 36, is Miami's lone holdover from the team's three championship teams. "I'm happy with that, with this team right now", Wade said. This is what I enjoy. He played 23 minutes, sitting out the final quarter while a couple of "We want Melo!" Chicago defeats Brooklyn 112-73. With nothing to play for, as they already guaranteed themselves the worst record in the National Basketball Association, the Nets will be doing what they have been doing all season; benching some players. John Wall was not in full game shape yet and was limited to just 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting. "Now it's about winning some games". The Nets are using the final game of the season to evaluate all of their young players while making sure that Lopez and Lin are healthy heading into the offseason. The Nets, on the other hand, have been long gone from the playoff picture, in fact having secured the NBA's worst record some time ago.

"I feel very confident that we've got a good run in us", coach Tyronn Lue said. Here is a list of all the scenarios where Chicago could finish this season.

"I just want everybody to lock in and realize how important this game is".

"It's a great job of being resilient by our players, of hanging in there and finding a way to battle all the way to the last day".

"We need them on our side", Dragic said about an hour before Miami faced the Washington Wizards in its regular season finale. "Now the fun begins". Rondo's absence has created additional playing time for Jerian Grant, who posted a double-double (17 points and 11 assists) on Monday night against the Orlando Magic. Atlanta is postseason-bound for the 10th straight season, followed by Memphis (7), the Clippers (6) and the Warriors and Rockets (5 each). The Nets are wrapping up their season on the road against the Chicago Bulls. The Hawks shot 46.2 percent from three and outrebounded the Wizards 59-48. Carmelo Anthony, who may have played his final game with NY, scored 17 points.

"When you have players that embrace culture, and we embrace them for who they are, and they take ownership, and it evolves into something even different and better, it's one of the most powerful things in team sports", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But I started to see improvements". "Unfortunately, the record shows we didn't disprove that".

Miami misses out on the playoffs but the team earned a measure of redemption that few thought possible.

"I'm proud of these guys through everything - wins, losses, injuries, trades", Wade said. We had that four-game [winning] streak against four really good teams that really got us back in the playoff picture.

The Brooklyn Nets found themselves heavily criticized for deciding to rest their star players for the final game of the season. "I think the hardest thing to wrap our minds around is that we don't have practice tomorrow at 12", Spoelstra said. At NetsDaily, we'd like to wish her all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for bringing kindness and professionalism to the Nets organization.

Silver reiterated that last week, and the league will make changes to the schedule next season to further reduce back-to-backs and eliminate four-games-in-five-nights stretches.

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