Here’s a breakdown of all of Saturday’s key games and what the results mean for the seeds, plus a look at what the play-in games would be like if the season ended today:
Stephen Curry offered another reminder of why the rest of the Western Conference doesn’t want any part of him in a postseason game. Curry lost 49 points in Saturday’s 136-97 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. The latest offensive blast was the seventh time this season Curry has made 10 3s or more – and the fifth time he has hit the mark in his last 15 games. With the win, the Warriors stayed in eighth place in the West standings, half a game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Warriors still have four home games to wrap up the regular season, but they face a tough back-to-back Monday and Tuesday against the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. The Warriors also have a season-ending showdown against the Grizzlies looming in San Francisco a week from Sunday. – Nick Friedell
The Nets’ victory on Saturday ended their longest losing streak of the season at four. Now Brooklyn has four games left to continue refining their rotations, building chemistry and solidifying their playoff standings. With the Nets virtually guaranteed at least third place, the win over Denver puts Brooklyn half a game away against the Bucks – who own the series tiebreaker – in the race for the No.2 seed. of the Eastern Conference.
Any nervousness about the Nets’ current stretch must be tempered with recognition of James Harden’s imminent return. Harden has been a key to unlocking the Nets’ offense, and since his debut on January 16, the Nets are 23-5 when at least two of the Big 3 are playing and one of them is Harden, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research. . – Malika Andrews
The Wizards won in overtime for a second straight game and edged the Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings. Washington is now the No.9 seed, with Indiana No.10. Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in NBA history, and the Wiz continued to roll to keep their playoff hopes.
Play-in matches after Saturday’s matches
Game matches will take place May 18-21
• How the play-in tournament will work
• Current NBA Ranking
Game 1: Charlotte No.8 to No.7 Boston – winner is the No.7 seed in the playoffs
Game 2: # 10 Indiana to # 9 Washington – winner goes into play-in; the loser is eliminated
Game 3: Winner Indiana / Washington to Boston / Losing Charlotte – winner is eighth playoff seed
Game 1: # 8 Golden State to # 7 Los Angeles Lakers – winner is # 7 in the playoffs
Game 2: No. 10 San Antonio to No. 9 Memphis – winner goes into play-in; the loser is eliminated
Game 3: Memphis / San Antonio Lakers winner / Golden State loser – winner is the No.8 seed in the playoffs
Main Sunday games to watch
Heat at the Celtics, 1 p.m. ET
Pelicans at the Hornets, 7 p.m. ET
Mavs à Cavs, 19 h HE
Bulls at Pistons, 20 h HE
Suns at Lakers, 22 h HE