Brooklyn and Orlando, as expected, qualified in the East for the 1st round of the NBA play-offs on Friday in the Disney World bubble.
The Nets secured their second straight participation for the finals, after defeating Sacramento (119-106). Objective achieved for this team which must nevertheless do without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, as well as DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie.
With this success, Brooklyn consolidates its 7th place all the better as Orlando (8th) was beaten by Philadelphia (108-101). A defeat which, however, did not prevent the Florida team from ensuring its presence in the play-offs for the second year in a row, Washington having lost in stride against New Orleans (118-107).
The Magic, for whom Evan Fournier scored 22 points, now have three games to overtake Brooklyn and thus give themselves the right to face the defending champion Toronto in the first round rather than Milwaukee and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It is not yet time for the conference semifinals, but since the two teams may well have to meet at this point in September, the Celtics made sure to send a message to the Raptors (122-100 ).
Even if no issue therefore surrounded this match, Boston (3rd) put the ingredients as in the play-offs to inflict its first defeat on the defending champion at Disney World, like Jaylen Brown (20 points, 6 rebounds ) very active. “Here we are. I don’t want to say where our ceiling is, but we are improving every day and we don’t want to stop, ”warned Jayson Tatum (18 points, 7 rebounds).
As such, there is no doubt that Toronto (2nd) will show a different face than that of Friday, showing a big clumsiness at long distance (10/38), an area where it usually does not abuse attempts. Proof that the team did not want to fight too much inside.
The Grizzlies ended a series of four losses in the Disney World bubble, winning at the expense of Oklahoma City (121-92).
An important victory which allows them to maintain a small lead over Portland, virtually their opponent in the barrage. However, in the event of a duel, the 8th will only need one victory to validate its ticket for the 1st round of the play-offs, while the 9th will have to win twice.
Dillon Brooks (22 points) was the most prolific side Memphis, well helped by the Lithuanian pivot Jonas Valanciunas (19 points, 11 rebounds) and the rookie Ja Morant (19 points, 9 assists).
Winner (119-111) of a Utah team deprived of its three major players, Donovan Mitchell (ankle), Rudy Gobert (spared) and Mike Conley (knee), San Antonio retains a slim hope of grabbing the synonymous 9th place dam.
Now two wins separate him from Portland, with three and four games each to play respectively, with the Blazers set to face the Clippers on Saturday.
Derrick White distinguished himself with 24 points (6 rebounds, 4 assists), DeMar DeRozan, on his 31st birthday, celebrated by the virtual public on a giant screen, remained discreet (13 points, 5 assists).