If the Pistons lose, they will still get it if Charlotte (39-42) loses at home to Orlando (41-40). In the 2008-2009 opening rounds for the National Basketball Association finals, they also lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, again with a score of 4-0.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a slump as they've lost eight of their last 11 games, but they will be looking to cap off a forgettable season with a third straight victory after last night's 96-86 road win at Chicago.
Casey is pleased with the progress the Pistons have made in his first season as head coach and says there is more to come as they prepare to face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
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Ross's points tally included a red-hot spell from three-point distance, with the 28-year-old small forward making six of 10 attempts from three-point range.
"This is the first step, for us to get in the playoffs", Casey said.
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Griffin has been the focal point of the Detroit offense, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season.
In preparation for the playoffs, the 76ers rested all five starters, and star center Joel Embiid's status for the opener is in question.
In Atlanta, Edmond Sumner sank three free throws with three-tenths of a second remaining, lifting playoff-bound IN past the Hawks.More news: New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony