COLUMBUS OH - NOVEMBER 26: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to the basket against the Miami RedHawks at Value City Arena on November 26 2010 in Columbus Ohio. Ohio State won 66-45. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
With the Nets down to ten healthy bodies, it is possible, but not likely, that they could finish with NBA's third worst record, 22-44, assuming they lose their last three games. Only the Bobcats and Wizards are guaranteed to have worst records. It's also possible the Nets could get as high as the eighth worst record if they win. Teams at the bottom are that crunched together.
It's all about getting to a five-way tie and massive coin flip on April 27. Two teams have 20 wins, but if the Nets keep losing and the Kings and Hornets win two of their last three, they would be tied with the Nets at 22-44. The Cavaliers have 21 wins but four games left. They can't win more than one game in this scenario. Like the Nets, two other teams, the Warriors and Raptors, have 22 wins. The Warriors have to lose four straight, including one to the Hornets on Tuesday. The Raptors and Nets play each other in the season's last game. If the Raptors win, they'd be at 23 wins, putting them out of the big tie.
Meanwhile, the Rockets chances of making the playoffs are now infinitesimal. John Hollinger gives them a 2.3% chance. The lottery-protected pick would then roll over to 2013, when the draft is expected to be weak. As for the Nets' second round pick, the Heat pick, it's #58 with a chance it could become #57.