BOSTON – Dwyane Wade's career nearly ended on Sunday.
Yes, Wade and his Miami Heat still mathematically live this last regular season career of the Hall of Fame shooting guard. But as Sunday went by – Miami lost a heartbreak in overtime in Toronto and both the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets qualifying for the postseason with street victories over favored opponents ̵
After Sunday it continues for the Heat it needs a lot of luck.
This is mainly due to the game of Orlando and Brooklyn, which took to the streets on Sunday to overtake victories over the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers respectively, blocking two of the three playoff spots of the Eastern Conference at the start of the day still to be forgiven.
It was a day for both teams to enjoy. Orlando (41-40) has not reached the playoffs for seven years, which was the third longest playoff drought in the league that went into the season, behind only the Sacramento Kings (2006) and Phoenix Suns (2010). After the magic had seen the Charlotte Hornets defeat the Detroit Pistons earlier in the day, they took the court in Boston, knowing that a loss could leave them Wednesday in Charlotte during their regular season finale.
"To be perfectly honest, I said I'll keep an eye on Detroit and so on," said the magic guard Evan Fournier. "But I think when we saw the Hornets win that somehow hit us – for example, we have to win and if we do not, that game in Charlotte will be very, very hard for us."
So tonight we really did have everything and I would not mind winning in Boston [to qualify for the playoffs] is far better than the Hornets who lost in Detroit. "
However, The Magic did not have it easy: The Celtics used all their main players on Sunday as coaches Orlando scored the victory in the playoffs as Boston's Boston final made it to a four-point halftime deficit after three quarters into a five-point lead and a fourth-quarter lead of 14 points and hi dies with an angry Celtics rally for the win.
The way the magic returned and won Sunday was a Orlando-era microcosm in which the magic sat after a home loss to Oklahoma City Thunder on January 29 (20:41). A point at which the playoffs far seemed more like fantasy than reality.
But Orlando won seven of their next eight games, Inc. The last five went into the All-Star break and took advantage of this momentum to turn the season. Sunday's victory pushed the record of magic to 21-10, since losing to the Thunder – including wins in 10 of the last 12 games of magic – to earn a trip to the playoffs for the first time since trading with Dwight Howard ,
We've always had faith, "said Allstar's Nikola Vucevic, one of the pieces that came to Orlando seven years ago in exchange for Howard." What helped was that we had tracks we did have played well all year round. It's not like we're playing a good team and we were just out of nowhere.
"We knew if we could get to a point where we could come in. We agreed with our game, we were able to get there and we did … The track before the All-Star break was big It said in our heads, "We could really do that."
A similar story happened in Brooklyn, where the Nets staggered after their home defeat against the thunder on December 5, giving them 8-18 the next seven games – and nine of the next ten – the victory to get back into the playoff mix, and stayed there for the rest of the season.
The Nets officially booked their ticket the following Sunday in Milwaukee with another in Indiana: The Pacers tried to win like the Celtics, but Brooklyn spearheaded the majority of the way and maintained a double-digit lead over the better part of the second half to win.
"There was one a Another level of concentration, another level you've locked in, "said Nets manager Kenny Atkinson to reporters in Indianapolis after winning Brooklyn. There has been an extra energy in the last few games.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart was tilted Sunday night during a Boston defeat against Orlando on a left side, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN Only Six Minutes Over An Injured Shin.
Brooklyn defeated a playoff Field by beating a team from Indiana who had won nine wins against the Nets on Sunday., Brooklyn won 108-96.
Magic and Nets are both in the playoffs, it remains to be seen where they'll end up in the East: If Brooklyn beats Miami at home on Wednesday at home, the Nets will be the six-six, with Orlando wins in Charlotte and loses Brooklyn, Orlando loses sixth.
Boston's and Indiana's losses Sunday also saw to it that the five best teams of the East – Milwaukee Bucks, Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Celtics and Pacers – are trapped in their seed, though only two teams, the Celtics and Pacers, Do you know when the off-season starts next weekend?
While there are still three teams – Detroit, Charlotte and Miami – who can catch the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, Detroit has left the Sunday results behind.
Despite defeat at home to Charlotte – thanks to 31 points, eight rebounds and seven Kemba Walker assists – Detroit controls his fate. Win the last two games – at home against the Memphis Grizzlies and on the road against the New York Knicks – and Detroit makes the playoffs.
In order for the Heat to play the playoffs, the following would have to happen:  The Heat win on Tuesday at home to Philadelphia and in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Charlotte is losing to Orlando on Tuesday in Cleveland or at home on Friday.
Detroit loses both on Tuesday in Memphis and on Wednesday in New York.
Charlotte must win both games in the meantime and Detroit lose one of his last two to enter.
With Detroit's game starting half an hour before Miami's game on Tuesday, Heat is almost certain that Heat will know
Miami has even won one of their last four games – including a five-point loss to the Celtics and one Two-point defeat The Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and t The Raptors on Sunday – it would be in control of its fate.
The heat is not. In conjunction with the results from Sunday, the season of Miami – and thus Wade's "One Last Dance" – is on life support.