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NBA tiebreakers, playoff scenarios: East seeding, matchups complete, as West teams battle for positioning

NBA tiebreakers, playoff scenarios: East seeding, matchups complete, as West teams battle for positioning

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The final night of the 2018-19 regular season is nearly complete, and we’ve already gotten some clarity on the playoff picture. After Brooklyn, Orlando and Detroit won Wednesday night, the first-round Eastern Conference matchups are set and as follows:

No. 1 Milwaukee vs. No. 8 Detroit

No. 2 Toronto vs. No. 7 Orlando

No. 3 Philadelphia vs. No. 6 Brooklyn

No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Indiana

Some of the West’s playoff picture was cleared up with the early results as well, as wins by the Thunder and Spurs settled some open spots. Oklahoma City locked itself into the No. 6 seed, while the Spurs are No. 7 and the Clippers get No. 8, regardless of the outcome of their game Wednesday night against the Jazz.

There are still some playoff seeds to be determined, however, with the Denver Nuggets hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers hosting the Sacramento Kings. The outcome of those games will determine the order of the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, with the Rockets watching from home with their season complete.

Here is a handy chart that explains what happens with every possible outcome in Wednesday’s games.

Nuggets vs. Wolves

Blazers vs. Kings

West No. 2

West No. 3

West No. 4

Nuggets

Blazers

Nuggets

Blazers

Rockets

Nuggets

Kings

Nuggets

Rockets

Blazers

Wolves

Blazers

Rockets

Nuggets

Blazers

Wolves

Kings

Rockets

Nuggets

Blazers

NOTE: The full NBA rules for tiebreakers can be found here, but this is what you need to know: When two teams are tied, the first tiebreaker is the head-to-head season series. If they split the series, then it matters whether you won your division and, if you’re tied with a team in your division, how you fared against other teams in your division, which is silly because divisions are silly. If you didn’t win your division and you are tied with a team that isn’t in your division, then the next tiebreaker is conference record. Complicated, I know.

Eastern Conference tiebreakers

1. Milwaukee Bucks (60-21)

Locked, first seed

2. Toronto Raptors (58-24)

Locked, second seed

3. Philadelphia 76ers (50-31)

Locked, third seed

4. Boston Celtics (49-33)

Locked, fourth seed

5. Indiana Pacers (47-34)

Locked, fifth seed

6. Brooklyn Nets (42-40)

Locked, sixth seed (won tiebreaker with Magic)

7. Orlando Magic (42-40)

Locked, seventh seed

8. Detroit Pistons (41-41)

Locked, eighth seed

9. Charlotte Hornets (39-43)

Eliminated with Pistons win, loss to Magic on Wednesday

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors (57-25)

Locked, first seed

2. Denver Nuggets (53-28)

Win tiebreaker over Portland (3-1)

Lose tiebreaker to: Houston (3-1)

Win Northwest Division

Note: Their finale is at home against the Timberwolves; can finish no worse than third

3. Houston Rockets (53-29)

Win tiebreaker over Denver (3-1)

Lose tiebreaker with Portland (2-1)

Win Southwest Division

Note: They will finish second if the Wolves beat the Nuggets, but can still fall to fourth

4. Portland Trail Blazers (52-29)

Lose tiebreaker with Denver (3-1)

Win tiebreaker over Houston (2-1)

Note: Their finale is at home against the Kings; can bump Houston to fourth if they win and Denver beats Minnesota

5. Utah Jazz (50-31)

Locked, fifth seed

Note: Their finale is on the road against the Clippers

6. Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33)

Locked, sixth seed

7. San Antonio Spurs (48-34)

Locked, seventh seed

8. Los Angeles Clippers (47-34)

Locked, eighth seed

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Posted by smashdownsportsnews on 2019-04-11 05:57:29

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NBA Star Power Index: Fellow Bucks make Giannis’ MVP case hard to deny; how a 60-footer defines Steph Curry’s greatness

NBA Star Power Index: Fellow Bucks make Giannis’ MVP case hard to deny; how a 60-footer defines Steph Curry’s greatness

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Welcome back to the NBA Star Power Index — a weekly gauge of the players who are most controlling the buzz around the league. Reminder: Inclusion on this list isn’t necessarily a good thing. It simply means that you’re capturing the NBA world’s attention. Also, this is not a ranking. The players listed are in no particular order as it pertains to the buzz they’re generating. This column will run every week through the end of the regular season.

The Sixers have won five straight and six of their last eight, and Joel Embiid is coming off a monster performance in a wild 130-125 win over the Bucks on Sunday. Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who we’ll get to shortly, combined to score 92 points, 40 of them belonging to Embiid, who also posted 16 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes of action. Please look at this handle and shake:

That’s a 7-footer doing that to Giannis, who will be, or should be, in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. That is not normal. Embiid’s name has gotten pretty buried in the MVP race, which is essentially down to two candidates in Giannis and James Harden, but Embiid’s plus-10.5 net rating is better than Giannis’ (plus-9.7) and way better than Harden’s (plus-0.6). The Sixers, who are actually a better and more efficient team, statistically speaking, with Ben Simmons on the bench, indeed get significantly worse both offensively and defensively when Embiid is off the floor. He’s the MVP of that team and one of the four or five most valuable players in the league.

As mentioned above, Giannis went nuts against the Sixers — albeit in a loss — for 52 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block. The game before that — in a win over Miami — he went for 33 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and two steals. With Milwaukee streaking toward the best record in the league, one year after losing in the first round and without having made a single All-Star roster addition, The Freak’s MVP case is getting harder and harder to deny.

“He has to be at the top of that race, in my opinion,” Malcolm Brogdon recently told CBS Sports. “To me it’s simple: The jump this team has made — yeah, we’ve put the right pieces around Giannis and guys have gotten better, Bud’s system has really fit us, but it’s largely about Giannis and his growth into basically a top-three NBA player. Value wise, like I said, he’s taken us to a level where we don’t feel like there’s a ceiling on us. We feel like we can go all the way.”

“Giannis’ individual play speaks for itself,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But what he’s done for our team, how things have changed here, the leap we’ve taken, I think that’s an MVP season. That’s an MVP statement for the kind of change he’s brought.”

In talking to a handful of scouts, the consensus is that the Bucks would be a super long shot to beat the Warriors if they were to make it to the Finals. But, yes, Milwaukee has every right to consider itself the cream of the East. The Bucks’ status as the No. 1 seed would appear to make that an obvious statement. However, at least one Western Conference scout still has reservations about fully believing in the Bucks because he feels teams will “wall off” Giannis and frustrate him over a seven-game series, making his inability to shoot from the outside all the more problematic.

Indeed, there is a history of non-shooters being schemed out of playoff series, or at least exposed to a degree which their team ultimately can’t overcome. Just look at Ben Simmons last year vs. Boston. But an Eastern Conference scout recently told CBS Sports, in essence, Ben Simmons is not Giannis Antetokounmpo. Nobody is, really. The rules are different for him.

“The short answer is, Giannis is just that good,” the scout said. “They have a lot of shooting around him and they’re so balanced. If people are worried about Giannis’ shooting, I think that’s overblown.”

After leading the Warriors to wins over Houston and OKC with Kevin Durant sidelined, Curry had himself a bit of a Curry flurry in a win over the Wolves on Tuesday, turning a cold shooting start into a red-hot third quarter en route to 36 points on 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Seriously, is there anything in the basketball universe better than Stephen Curry highlights?

Perhaps the best highlight of Curry’s week came in the loss to San Antonio. Again, Curry had started off ice cold, missing seven of his first eight shots while going 0 for 4 from deep. Then he did this to close the first quarter:

This is more than just a fun highlight. It speaks to so much of what makes Curry great. Most NBA players won’t take long-range, end-of-quarter heaves even when they are shooting well, because they’re too concerned about their shooting percentage. They either strategically wait until just after the buzzer sounds to launch the shot, or they just flat-out dribble the clock out. When they’re already having a bad night, forget about it. No way are they going to further plummet an already dismal shooting percentage.

Curry, on the other hand, launches these shots without fear. Every single time he has an opportunity, unconcerned with his shooting stats because he knows he’s the best shooter in history regardless of his shooting percentage at a given point in time. Again, this honestly says more about Curry and the confidence and free mind he plays with than any of his “normal” highlights. It also allows for things like this to happen every now and again.

Russell made his first All-Star Game in February and he’s had two 40-point games in the three weeks since — the most recent being a 44-point effort that included 27 fourth-quarter points to fuel a 25-point Nets comeback win over the Kings.

The Nets trailed by 25 points entering the 4th quarter, but they outscored the Kings 45-18 the rest of the way to win 123-121. D’Angelo Russell had 27 points in the quarter.

Prior to tonight in the shot clock era, teams trailing by 25+ points through 3 quarters were 3-3,028. pic.twitter.com/Czsw3u9wTw

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 20, 2019

The Nets have a decision to make on Russell, who’ll be a free agent this summer. For some time, there was some debate as to whether he’ll end up being worth the money he’ll no doubt be looking to land and will likely attract from someone. That doubt is disappearing pretty rapidly.

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Posted by smashdownsportsnews on 2019-03-20 21:25:27

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1991 Score Rookies – Turner Ward #4 (Outfield) – Autographed Baseball Card (Cleveland Indians)

1991 Score Rookies - Turner Ward #4 (Outfield) - Autographed Baseball Card (Cleveland Indians)

Turner Max Ward (b. April 11, 1965 in Orlando, Florida), is a former professional baseball player who played outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1990–2001 for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies.

Ward was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1986 MLB Draft, however, on March 19, 1989, the Yankees traded Ward and Joel Skinner to the Cleveland Indians for Mel Hall. Ward made his MLB debut with the Indians on September 10, 1990.

Ward began the 1991 season as the Indians starting right fielder, however, he got off to a slow start, batting .230 with 0 HR and 5 RBI in 40 games. On June 27, the Indians traded Ward and Tom Candiotti to the Toronto Blue Jays for Denis Boucher, Glenallen Hill, Mark Whiten, and cash.

He was a September 1991 call-up, and in eight games with Toronto, Ward hit .308 with 0 HR and 2 RBI in 13 at-bats. He saw very limited action in 1992 with Toronto, playing in 18 games, where he hit .345 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. In 1993, Ward got into 72 games with the Blue Jays, however, he struggled offensively, batting .192 with 4 HR and 28 RBI.

On November 24, 1993 Ward was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers off of waivers.

Career statistics:
Batting average – .251
Hits – 389
Home runs – 39

Link to all his issued baseball cards – www.openchecklist.net/cards/search?q=Turner+ward

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090617 REDS

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) paces the dugout before the bottom of the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The Reds completed a three game sweep, winning 7-1 over the Brewers.

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