Good morning. Let's basketball.
HARDWARE TIME: As the NBA season comes to a close, we handed out the hardware. And by hardware I mean "Most Knicks Thing" and "Best Gregg Popovich Quote" and "Most Disastrous Season (Player)". Check it out.
PRESSURE'S ON: The Clippers beat the Nuggets to keep dreams of No. 2 in the West alive. This involved Chris Paul putting some inordinately nasty moves on Evan Fournier.
PRESSURE'S ON THE SEQUEL: The Nets could have clinched No. 5 in the East by beating the Knicks on Tuesday. NOPE. Iman Shumpert's out here going off the backboard. The Wizards can still land the No. 5 seed.
EVERYTHING AT STAKE: Here's everything at stake on Wednesday as quickly and simply as possible.
East: Raptors claim No. 3 seed with a win or a Bulls loss. Bulls can get No. 3 with a win and a Raptors loss. Otherwise, they are No. 4. The Nets can claim No. 5 with a win or a Wizards loss. If the Nets lose and Wizards win, Washington is No. 5 and the Nets are No. 6. If Washington loses and the Bobcats win, Charlotte is No. 6 and Washington is No. 7.
West: A Thunder win or Clippers loss puts OKC in the No. 2 spot and L.A. in No. 3. A Thunder loss and Clippers win puts L.A. in No. 2 and OKC in No. 3. The winner of Memphis-Dallas is No. 7, the other is No. 8.
Lottery: A Magic loss or Jazz win guarantees Orlando sole possession of the third-worst record in the league. A Jazz loss or Celtics win guarantees Utah no worse than sole possession of the fourth-worst record in the league. A Celtics loss or Lakers win guarantees Boston no worse than sole possession of the fifth-worst record in the league. The Kings and Cavaliers also stand to avoid potential coin flips by losing.
THE SUNS ARE DEAD: Long live the Suns.
TRUE LOATHING RATING: The brilliant netw3rk puts science to quantifiable teammate hatred in the NBA. Kyrie-Dion is approaching Kobe-Shaq.
WITHOUT BOGUT: Tim Kawakami on what the Warriors will do without Andrew Bogut. Hint: lots of Stephen Curry.
AN ATROCIOUS RULE: I don't usually agree with Mike DeCourcy on draft matters. But he absolutely nailed it on the NCAA's arbitrary deadline for college players to commit to returning to school.
THE BULLS WE KNOW: Strong piece by Howard Beck on the Bulls no one wants to face.
WELCOME PARTY: Via Zach Harper, the Suns had an absolutely fantastic military dad reunion this week.
FROM THE LAND OF OOO: A brilliant, beautiful longform on Adventure Time by the undisputedly excellent Maria Bustillos. Adventure Time is really great.
SPEAKING OF BEAUTIFUL LONGFORMS: The latest SB Nation longform is on surfing the deadliest waves in the Banzai pipeline.
Happy Final Day Of The Regular Season. See you next time.