LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf

Ironically, it was the Heat reverting back to the team that remains last in the league in free throw shooting that was partially responsible for being in this situation against a Cavaliers team playing without LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.

With Chicago blowing out Orlando at home, IN winning IN Philadelphia and Milwaukee beating Charlotte at home Monday night, the Heat (40-41) needs to win Wednesday night's season finale against Washington and a loss by either the Pacers or Bulls Wednesday to make the playoffs. Cleveland's title hopes rest on LeBron; without him, they can no longer boast a near-guaranteed trip to the finals. However, the Cavaliers have the tiebreaker between the squads (they won three of four head-to-head), so Boston needs to beat Milwaukee on the final night of the season to secure the top slot - and the Bucks may have something to play for, depending on what the Hawks do in their last two games (Hornets Tuesday, Pacers Wednesday). Cleveland was ahead 109-104 at that time. "Hopefully we can get the one seed".

2,633 - The number of days that have passed since the Cavaliers won a game in Miami. Thomas did take some pride in the accomplishment. The over/under total for the game is listed at 210.5 points. The Celtics are looking to finish strong not only for momentum, but for seeding as well. "Hopefully we can get that". "After that, we played really well".

"I was thinking about it", Spoelstra said of calling a time out.

Not so nice: nearly coughing up a 27-point lead to the Nets.

Atlanta at Indiana - If Pacers win, they will be the No. 7 seed in the East. Nearly unthinkable a week ago, Boston's hiccups last week brought them back to the pack (albeit only slightly).

Here, then, is the tangle: If you look at the Cavs right now, what about them - except the part about having LeBron - makes them an National Basketball Association finals lock?

If Boston continues to struggle on defense and can't find that next level of play, it's going to be another short postseason. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, the Celtics have an 83-percent chance of earning the No. 1 seed.

The Raptors are locked in as the third seed in the East.

"I didn't want to feel that feeling again", he said. He obviously started the season well and hopefully he's back in a good place. It is now well-documented that James takes it easy in the regular season to preserve his body, and he reportedly spends north of a million dollars a year to keep in top shape. He averaged just 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 14 games. The one thing I hear often from National Basketball Association coaches, players and television analysts is that teams can not wait to get back on to the court after a tough loss. The team said he was dealing with a calf issue. We've been through ups and downs, been through a lot of injuries this year, haven't been that healthy for the most part. We were able to find a way to get them under control a little bit. "That's what we did and we put ourselves in a good position at the end of the season".