The NBA regular season is finally over, and playoff basketball is underway. The play in format is back. Last year we saw the play in tournament in the bubble and it was quite entertaining. Now the seeding is set. In the East the Philadelphia 76ers are the number 1 seed since 2001. Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat. Now the 4 teams playing for 7th and 8th seed. Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets.
Pacers Vs Hornets
Pacers has been hit will the injury bug all season and the head coach got fire. Who would have thought the Pacers would still be in the play in. No TJ Warren or Caris LeVert in this game. Domantas Sabonis delivered when his team needed him most. He found open teammates, played great defense and was grabbing everything he can get of the rim. Sabonis had 14 points, 21 rebounds, and 9 assists almost getting a triple double. Pacers defeat the Hornets 144-117 to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Doug McDermott scored 21 points. The Hornets had no answer for the Pacers. LaMelo Ball had 14 points in his postseason debut. Losing by 30 points will leave a sour taste with the hornets. Mikal Bridges had 23 points. Bridges simply stated that they got their asses kicked.
Celtics vs Wizards
Boston Celtics was one of the NBA worsts team over the final month of regular season. Jaylen Brown gets hurt and is a big part of Boston offensive game. Celtics struggled down the stretch dropping 10 of their final 15 games of the season. Brad Stevens had to use different line up for players being hurt and Covid safety protocols. Boston going up against the Washington Wizards for 7th Seed winner will have a tough series with the Brooklyn Nets. Jayson Tatum put the team on his back. Tatum scored 50 points. He dropped 32 points in the second half as the Celtics rallied to beat the Wizards 118-100. Kemba Walker added 29 points as Boston secured the 7th seed, Tatum gained respect from teammates that he can go out and lead the team to victory. Bradley Beal scored 22 points. Russell Westbrook was frustrated after the game he scores 20 points and 14 rebounds. Pacers and Wizards will play to see who will face the Sixers in the First Round.
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