The NBA’s Western Conference playoff picture was essentially locked up on Sunday, with all eight playoff teams decided.
While the No. 5 Utah Jazz and No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers are still deciding who will get home-court advantage in their matchup, the other series are set, meaning the final few games are basically scrimmages.
For the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs, their Monday game had no purpose. The Blazers are locked into the No. 8 seed, set to play the Golden State Warriors, and the Spurs are locked into the No. 2 seed, set to play the Memphis Grizzlies.
So when the Blazers beat the Spurs on a messy final play, with the ball bouncing off several players and into the hands of Blazers forward Noah Vonleh for the buzzer-beater layup, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t really care.
All he could do was laugh.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April11, 2017
The Spurs better enjoy this while they can – Popovich likely wouldn’t be so easygoing if the Spurs defended like this on a final play in the postseason.