Q: A 7th or 8th place gives Nets the opportunity to choose whether they prefer to play the first or second seed in the first round. — Leonard, Cornelius, NC
A: Theoretically yes. But this is a very dangerous game in the play-in round. If the Nets close at No. 7 or 8, a win in their first play-in game (No. 7 vs. No. 8 for the No. 7) would most likely put them up against the No. 2 Bucks in the first round. But say how you propose preference to no. 1 heat would face. In this case, by throwing the #7-8 game, the Nets would have a win-or-go home game for #8 (against the winner of #9-10). I very much doubt Brooklyn would want to put themselves in such a precarious position after their team has been through everything this season. At this point, the Nets just have to secure a playoff spot. Tanking the play-in opener is playing with fire. It looks like we’ll have to wait until Sunday’s results to see what the seedings for the east play-in round are.
Q. OMG, Victor Oladipo didn’t get any playing time at all. — Jearia.
A: I’m not sure if that should come as a huge surprise considering the Heat opted to play Friday night’s game against the Hawks with their primary rotation. Victor Oladipo is simply not there at the moment. It will be interesting to see if he’s ready to play with Heat’s B-Team on Sunday in Orlando. Such a moment could be seen as humbling, but it could also be one last chance to make an impression ahead of the playoffs.
Q: I can’t help but be amazed at the stark differences between the Lakers’ and Heat’s organizations. Being a Heat fan over the years has made me pretty happy. – Rolando, Borrego Springs, California.
A: Whether you believe the term culture (capital C) or not, some organizations simply have a solid foundation that creates stability. Or you could be the Lakers or the Knicks.
https://www.twincities.com/2022/04/10/ask-ira-will-teams-in-east-jockey-for-seeding-now-that-heat-are-locked-in/ Now that Heat is locked up, will teams in East compete for the seeding? – Twin Cities