The Nets fell out of the eighth seed and lost control of their own playoff destiny on Monday night with a 113-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Here's each scenario that could play out and whether or not it would help the Nets.
Lose to Magic: OUT.
Simple enough. The Nets need to win and get help in order to make the playoffs. That's because the Nets own the tiebreaker over the Indiana Pacers, so if they finish the same record (which would happen with a Nets win and at least one Pacers loss) the Nets are in. Of course, all of that would be moot if they're unable to fulfill their end of the deal against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in the season finale (8 p.m. on YES2).
Win vs. Magic, Pacers lose to Wizards: IN.
The Pacers play the Wizards on Tuesday in the first game of a back-to-back. The Nets don't play until Wednesday, but they'll likely be watching the Pacers game at 8 p.m. ET. If the Pacers lose Tuesday, the Nets-Magic game becomes that much more important the following day.
Win vs. Magic, Pacers lose to Grizzlies: IN.
If the Pacers win on Tuesday, the Nets will need to beat the Magic and then tune in to the Pacers game (which starts at 9:30 ET) as soon as they get back into the locker room and start rooting for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Win vs. Magic, Pacers beat Wizards and Grizzlies: OUT.
The Pacers control their own destiny, so they would automatically earn the eighth seed if they win out, regardless of what the Nets do.