Dwane Casey: Playoff-bound Pistons have more in store

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

In Los Angeles, Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Clippers beat Utah in overtime, snapping a three-game skid to close the regular season.

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

Griffin continues to be hampered by a sore left knee.

Thunder 127, Bucks 116: Regular season comes to an end, but Pistons, playoffs are on deck: Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recapped the Bucks' losing effort to the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night in their final game of the regular season.

A Detroit loss and a Hornets win knocks the Pistons out of the playoffs.

For starters, the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are the two teams fighting for the only remaining available spot in the East.

"We can't be too excited right now", Drummond said. "We're ahead of the curve".

"This is the first step, for us to get in the playoffs", Casey said. "We're not where we want to be, but we're not where we were", he added. The Magic won 122-114 to secure the seventh seed.

Aaron Gordon added 27 points while D.J. Augustin (18) and Evan Fournier (14) also cracked double digits. But the primary focus for both is finding a way to clinch a playoff berth first and foremost.

The Pistons will be making just their second trip to the playoffs in 10 seasons.

Luke Kennard scored 15 points off the bench and Reggie Jackson had 12 points before going to the bench as Smith flourished in the final quarter.

There was a double-digit farewell for another National Basketball Association icon in San Antonio, where Dallas Mavericks German veteran Dirk Nowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs head into the Western Conference playoffs as the No. 7 seed.

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