"You always want to play your best when the lights are the brightest".
The controversial practice of National Basketball Association teams resting key players during regular-season games took an ugly turn on Wednesday when several teams announced they were resting players in games that will decide the final two playoff spots. They're tied with Chicago for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, and the Bulls own the tie-breaker.
The Cavaliers have the tiebreaker against the Celtics, but the only way they get the top seed is to beat Toronto and have Boston lose. So, we get.500 teams making the playoffs, and some pretty boring first-round match-ups. "Now it's about winning some games". But I'm not talking about anybody else but our team and what we have to do tonight. Although Lin is a competitive player, he appreciates the Nets' effort to ensure his health heading into the offseason.
When the final buzzer sounded, Brooklyn had given up 33 points on 19 turnovers.
The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. IN will get the No.7 seed if they can defeat the Atlanta Hawks, while Chicago is in with a victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Bulls won two of the previous three meetings with Brooklyn, then blew a nine-point lead in the final 4:00 of a 107-106 loss on April 8. "Our backs were against the wall". It's just a great job of being resilient by our players of hanging in there and sticking in there. "Now the fun begins".
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Fulmer would recover, but later run into trouble in the third inning. "That was a huge play", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. For the first time , the Twins are a billion-dollar franchise, at least according to one respected annual estimate.
The Nets finished with an 11-13 record since March 1. The Nets were outrebounded 62-48.
"It was never once hard to hold the locker room together", Lopez said. "Guys who are going to help this team along the way and we're not going to put too much pressure on the young guys". Only the Rockets and Bucks overachieved - based on the win total Las Vegas set for them - more than Miami this season, according to Bovada.lv. His former team, Miami, was squeezed out of the playoffs.
The Bulls will take the court against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center, and their path to clinching a playoff spot is pretty simple: beat a shorthanded Nets team that will be resting several of its key players, and they're in.
"We're in there", Butler said. At NetsDaily, we'd like to wish her all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for bringing kindness and professionalism to the Nets organization. There's only one way to go up from here, we hope...
Rajon Rondo was back in the Chicago starting lineup after missing the past three games with a sprained right wrist. He has been excelling as of late, averaging 45.3 FanDuel points in the last 15 days, while putting up 18 shots per game and playing 38 minutes. At one point, Brooklyn was down by 21 points, as the Nets trailed the Bulls 43-22 with five minutes left in the first half. The Bulls (41-41) had their ninth straight season without a losing record.