Heat eliminated from playoffs, despite winning finale

Paul Zipser had 21 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Bobby Portis added 12 points and ten rebounds off the bench. The Bulls could land the No. 7 seed, No. 8 seed or miss the playoffs entirely, depending on Wednesday's outcomes. That's a very good question, and one to which nobody has the answer.

Although there was still a chance to secure the No. 1 seed in the East, the Cavs put more value on rest and sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "Everybody had a challenging season". You can't play tight. There is another team that is in the mix for the Eastern Conference playoffs; the Bulls. "At the end of the day, our goal was to get to the playoffs and we were able to accomplish that".

"I don't know", Lin said. Three players will be out because of injury; Sean Kilpatrick with a hamstring, Quincy Acy with an ankle injury and Joe Harris with a shoulder injury.

Lin, who is averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 assists, said he has high hopes for the Nets heading into next season.

The Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and Miami Heat will all play in their playoff destiny this coming Wednesday. Not to say they don't have a right to be upset or whatever - I can definitely understand that. "We're looking out for what's best for the Nets". That's my responsibility as a coach to look at it in that vein. "They've been struggling as of late, but they're still one of the best teams in this league and have one of the best players in the world".

"I know they addressed it at the owner's meetings, " Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. They also had eight turnovers in a 27-13 first quarter. The Nets were outscored by 20 points in the final quarter and shot under 10 percent from long range in the game.

On the other hand, Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 25 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Rondo was back in the starting lineup. "I'm with the Bulls now". TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AN OPPORTUNITY Goodwin didn't waste the extra minutes. All these facets to his game - including making the right pass out of a double-team, an area Whiteside has made strides in - represent positive development for the center. I think next year we're going to make a lot of strides, especially going into the summer. They talk about the national television games, how important that is for the brand. This was a great group, and everything that we went through brought it out. "So, you could look at it from so many different angles". It's all going to depend on how he's feeling out there.

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.

But this time, the Nets are taking the resting to another level. "So the big thing is to continue to get them comfortable.".

Celtics No. 1 in East • Boston won its season finale over Milwaukee to wrap up the top seed in the East as the resting Cleveland Cavaliers settled for the No. 2 seed.

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