Bulls charge to playoffs, brace for No. 1 Celtics

Getty Images The Heat will enter the finale in ninth place

Getty Images The Heat will enter the finale in ninth place

Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls head into the final day of the regular season with their playoff fate still undecided as three teams vie for the final two spots in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago took three straight and five of six in the series before falling in Brooklyn on Saturday. In the spirit of fair play, the Nets could be starting the best players available.

"I understand the point of view that some of you have, some of the press has and maybe other teams".

Regarding sitting out, Lopez said "I completely understand they could be upset by it".

HEAT 110, WIZARDS 102: Goran Dragic scored 28 points, Hassan Whiteside added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and Miami won at home while being eliminated from the National Basketball Association playoffs.

"We have to look at it from the Brooklyn Nets franchise and what is best for us, and that's how we're looking into it in a vacuum", Atkinson explained as he and general manager Sean Marks quickly turned their attention to what should be a fascinating offseason. "That's my responsibility as coach".

"Still gotta win the game", Wade said. "Again, it frustrates me".

Lopez leads Brooklyn with 20.5 points per game, but he will sit out and not pose a challenge for twin brother Robin, who starts at center for the Bulls. "There is a lot of different reasons. It'd definitely be fun to be on the court for that". Things are bit more farcical with the Nets - a team that is 20-61 with no more games to play - "resting" three players and having three others out with various injuries.

"I don't know", Lin said. I think it's going to be a tough series.

It did, but the Heat were hoping for another Net win, and a spot against top-seeded Boston in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs later this week. And to a man the Nets say they sympathized - but not apologized.

"We're still rooting for the young guys from Brooklyn". The Bulls would extend their lead to 30 points, as the Nets trailed 99-69 with under five minutes left in the game.

"I think everyone plays 82 games and each one is just as valuable", said Nets guard Jeremy Lin, one of the Brooklyn players sidelined Wednesday.

"It means a lot for those fans who were supporting us through the whole season", Dragic said.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. "It's about finding a way, and we were able to accomplish that in our first year together". "I just look at it as another opportunity for us to get better for next year".

Westbrook was on pace for another triple-double at halftime with eight assists, five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes before Coach Billy Donovan made a decision to rest him for the second half. "Any one of us who wanted to get into team sports, it was to be around a team like this".

"We lost tonight but we showed some good flashes out there", Burke said. "Our perimeter shooting is not where it needs to be", Atkinson said.

This season's MVP award is going to either Russell Westbrook or James Harden, and while Harden did more in Houston's regular-season finale (34 minutes, 27 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) than Westbrook did in Oklahoma City's (18 minutes, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists), both provided more thrills.

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