NBA wrap: Pistons clinch final playoff spot with big win over Knicks

first_img The Pistons were playing without star Blake Griffin, who’s dealing with a sore knee. They had last made the playoffs in 2015-16.Meanwhile, the Hornets entered play with their postseason hopes still alive. But, they were officially eliminated with the Pistons’ win. Charlotte would not have advanced to the postseason, anyway, as it fell to the Magic at home, 122-114.Kemba Walker recorded 43 points and five assists for Charlotte in what could be his last game with the team. He’ll be a free agent this summer.Studs of the nightDwyane Wade registered a triple-double in the last game before his retirement. He put up 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Heat’s 113-94 loss to the Nets.👏 What a night for D-Wade! 👏@DwyaneWade (25 PTS, 11 REB, 10 AST) closes out his career in style with a triple-double! #OneLastDance #L3GACY #HeatCulture— NBA (@NBA) April 11, 2019Philadelphia wing Jonathon Simmons had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his team’s 125-109 victory over the Bulls.Jevon Carter tallied 32 points in the Grizzlies’ 132-117 win against the Warriors.Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Spurs in his final game. Nowitzki officially announced his plans to retire Tuesday.Duds of the nightDorian Finney-Smith was 2-of-10 shooting and scored five points in the Mavericks’ 105-94 loss to the Spurs.Hawks wing Kent Bazemore shot 2 of 10 from the field and was a minus-16 as the Hawks fell to the Pacers, 135-134.HighlightsAaron Gordon powers his way to the basket. Joel Embiid injury update: ‘It’s possible’ 76ers star could miss start of playoffs The Pistons are heading to the playoffs.Detroit jumped out to an early lead and pulled away for an easy 115-89 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. It clinched the final Eastern Conference postseason spot with the win. Aaron Gordon muscles his way down low and flushes it late in the 4th Q!#PureMagic 122#Hornets30 112📺: @ESPNNBA— NBA (@NBA) April 11, 2019Trae Young with the slick dribble move.Trae too smooth going between-the-legs— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 11, 2019What’s next?The playoffs — After a long regular season, the playoffs have finally arrived. The path to the championship begins Saturday when the first series tipoff.center_img Stephen Curry injury update: Warriors have no concerns about star’s ankle The Pistons took control in the opening moments and held a 14-point advantage by the end of the first quarter. They pushed the score to 65-41 by halftime and cruised from there.Keeping it 🆙#PistonsNow x @RocketFiber— x – Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) April 11, 2019Andre Drummond tallied 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Detroit to the victory. Luke Kennard chipped in a game-high 27 points off the bench while connecting on four of his eight 3-point attempts. Related Newslast_img read more

Rory McIlroy may skip Rio Games over Zika fears

first_imgRory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus.The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonised over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games.First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.ZIKA CONCERN “There’s going to be a point in the next couple of years where we (McIlroy and fiance Erica Stoll) are going to have to think about starting a family,” McIlroy told the British media after winning the Irish Open over the weekend.”Right now I’m ready to go but I don’t want anything to affect that.”Three-time major winner Vijay Singh and Australian golfer Marc Leishman have both withdrawn from the Rio Games due to concerns over the virus but McIlroy remains optimistic over his participation as he continues to monitor the situation.”As it gets closer, I am relishing the thought of going down there and competing for gold,” McIlroy said.”But I have been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out saying that it might be worse than they are saying,” he added.advertisement”I am actually going to get my injections on Wednesday – at least I will be immunised for whatever… if I do get bitten by a mosquito down there.”last_img read more