NBA Update: Injury Shock for Wagner Impacts Playoff Race

Injury shock for Wagner

Despite the premature loss of basketball world champion Franz Wagner, the Orlando Magic have preserved their chances of direct playoff participation in the NBA. With a 113:98 win against the Chicago Bulls, the team from Florida improved to third place in the Eastern Conference, but can also slip to eighth place in the remaining games. This would initially only be enough to take part in the play-in tournament.

Franz Wagner had to leave the game early in the third quarter due to an ankle injury. By then he had scored 16 points in 20 minutes. His brother Moritz scored eight points in 15 minutes.

Hartenstein plays well

The New York Knicks with center Isiah Hartenstein are in the same starting situation as the Magic – they are tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference after a 122:109 win against the weak Milwaukee Bucks. Hartenstein had a strong 18 points and ten rebounds in the game.

Daniel Theis was missing from the Los Angeles Clippers’ 120:118 defeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a thumb injury. Without him, his team made up a deficit of 26 points; superstar Paul George alone scored 39 points. After their 50th win of the season, the Clippers have the best chance of direct play-off participation as the fourth-place team in the Western Conference.

Possible opponents in the first round of the playoffs are the Dallas Mavericks, who are in fifth place after a 147:136 win against the Houston Rockets. Kyrie Irving with 48 points and Luka Doncic with 37 points led their team to victory in the Texas duel after a deficit of 22 points. Maxi Kleber scored nine points.

Of the German world champions from the NBA, Dennis Schröder alone has no chance of reaching tenth place and at least the play-in tournament. With the Brooklyn Nets he lost to the Sacramento Kings 77:107. Schröder only scored four points.

2024-04-08 16:47:13
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