Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

The Pistons Made It Into the NBA Finals

The Pistons Made It Into the NBA Finals

If the Pistons lose and the Hornets win, Detroit will miss the postseason for the third consecutive year.

"We're not where we want to be, but we're not where we were", first-year head coach Dwane Casey said after the Pistons' victory. They last reached the postseason in 2015-16.

The Milwaukee River will be dyed green Friday to kick off what Bucks hope is a long playoff run party: Also of the Journal Sentinel, Joe Taschler touched on the preparations and festivities the Bucks are planning to hold in advance of the NBA Playoffs opening up, including plans to dye the Milwaukee River green.

The first round of the NBA Playoffs starts on Saturday, April 13.

Let's take a look at the East standings and updated playoff picture with one final regular season day of action left.

The Magic however ran out 122-114 winners with Terrence Ross scoring 35 points from the bench in 29 minutes.

Andre Drummond scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, while Luke Kennard poured in a game-high 27 points in an emphatic win over the Knicks.

Griffin has been the focal point of the Detroit offense, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season.

In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored 43 points in what may be his final game with the Hornets, a loss to Orlando that eliminated the hosts from playoff contention. But the primary focus for both is finding a way to clinch a playoff berth first and foremost.

Dwyane Wade registered a triple-double in his last game before retirement.

The Mavericks, who finished outside the playoff places, were beaten 105-94 by the Spurs, the seventh seeds from the Western Conference.

In Philadelphia, Jonathon Simmons had 20 points to lead the 76ers over Chicago in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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