Surprising Upsets and Playoff Implications in the NBA

Night of many surprises in the NBA. Because while the basketball fan was watching the semifinals of the women’s university tournament, the best league on the planet had a day full of chaos, unexpected defeats and teams guaranteeing their place in the postseason. One where the Bucks lost at home to Toronto, a team that had lost 15 in a row; where Charlotte took the duel against the Magic; and in which Victor Wembanyama blocked New Orleans’ hopes on the last possession. Three playoff teams defeated by three teams from the bottom. And they were not the only cases, with New York losing in Chicago, which is at least ninth, or even the Thunder’s defeat in Indiana. Even Dallas won without Luka Doncic.

To each one worse. Because the day began with Orlando letting Brandon Miller play an almost perfect game. The rookie and #2 pick from the last draft scored 32 points on 13 shots, with 6 rebounds and led the Hornets who opened a 15-point lead in the first quarter and saw how Orlando was never able to cut back. They dropped it to five in the last period thanks to Paolo Banchero and his 32 points, but defeat would take Orlando away from the lead. If it weren’t for the Bucks losing. At home. Against the Raptors who had lost 15 in a row before traveling to Milwaukee. Damian Lillard was the best without Giannis Antetokounmpo with 36 points, but he was sent off for fouls in the last quarter and gave way to Gary Trent Jr (31 points) and the Raptors’ outside pairing shine. RJ Barrett scored 26, Immanuel Quickley 25 with 11 rebounds already a triple-double assist.

It hurts less because the Knicks also lost. They could have placed third, but they drop to fifth place and on top of that they feel the pressure from Indiana after losing in Chicago. A game where OG Anunoby returned, but in which they lost Josh Hart in the first quarter due to an ‘accidental’ kick to Javonte Green, who was the best in his re-debut. Green signed a 10-day contract with Chicago, and this week he signed another for the rest of the season: in his first game he had 25 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs. And the Knicks who didn’t lead all night. On the contrary, in New Orleans, the Pelicans were ahead almost the entire game, but a block of Wembanyama with 12 seconds left gave the Spurs the victory. The Frenchman was one assist away from the triple-double, with 17 points and 14 rebounds. And New Orleans falls to the playin.

Results of the night

  • Orlando Magic 115-124 Charlotte Hornets

  • Toronto Raptors 117-111 Milwaukee Bucks

  • New York Knicks 100-108 Chicago Bulls

  • San Antonio Spurs 111-109 New Orleans Pelicans

  • Miami Heat 119-104 Houston Rockets

  • Golden State Warriors 106-108 Dallas Mavericks

  • Sacramento Kings 100-101 Boston Celtics

  • Utah Jazz 102-132 LA Clippers

  • Minnesota Timberwolves 87-97 Phoenix Suns

  • Oklahoma City Thunder 112-126 Indiana Pacers

  • Portland Trail Blazers 108-102 Washington Wizards

  • Detroit Pistons 90-108 Memphis Grizzlies


Changes in the West

Not everything was surprises in the NBA, there were normal matches. The game that everyone was focused on was Miami’s visit to Houston. Because a loss for the Rockets guaranteed at least playin for Sacramento and the Lakers. The Heat, with 22 points from Jimmy Butler and the return of Tyler Herro, attacked the Rockets who have run out of gas 15 days before the end of the regular season. That’s why, Despite Golden State’s loss to Dallas, the Warriors did not suffer excessively. They know that barring a miracle they will be tenth. Steph Curry scored 28, but without Luka Doncic, PJ Washington dressed as a star with 32 points and Kyrie Irving served as point guard. Daniel Gafford had another double-double and Dallas already has a two-game lead in the play-in, and trails the Clippers by two more.

Because the Kings lost on their visit to Boston. Despite the losses of Derrick White and Jaylen Brown, and playing the last quarter with the second unit, Sacramento could not complete the comeback despite De’Aaron Fox’s 40 points. The Celtics were up 79-98 before allowing a 21-1 run that put the Kings ahead with half a minute remaining. But an offensive rebound by Xavier Tillman gave Boston the victory and leaves the Kings tied with the Lakers for eighth place. The bad news for the Mavericks was the Clippers’ beating against Utah, whom they were leading by 25 in the first quarter and by more than 30 at halftime. Only Harden among the starters played more than 25 minutes, posting a triple-double (13+15+10) and Terance Man was the top scorer for Ty Lue’s team.

And they closed the gap with two of those at the top. Oklahoma lost at Indiana, still without Jalen Williams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The franchise announced that the point guard was sent back home to continue working on his recovery. And with only 8 points from Haliburton, The Pacers returned to their offensive essence to win and recover sixth position alone, far from the playin and a first round with Boston. The Timberwolves also lost in Phoenix, although they remain tied leaders with Denver. The Suns, with 23 points from Grayson Allen, led the entire game and remain sixth, avoiding to this day having to go through the toll of the playin to get a playoff ticket. No one in Minnesota surpassed Anthony Edwards’ 18 points on a very bad night on offense.

Two more games, Portland won in Washington with 34 points and 13 rebounds from DeAndre Ayton and 20 by Jordan Poole, and the Grizzlies, 24 hours after retiring Marc Gasol’s jersey, They beat Detroit with 17 points from Brazilian Maozinha Pereira.

2024-04-06 06:08:55
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