I havent seen much talk about it around here, but isnt there a lot of logic to finishing fourth instead of third? We still get the home playoff series, but get Indiana in the next round instead of Miami. While its a long shot vs either of those teams, Id waaaaaaay rather take my chances against Indiana vs Miami, where I feel we have zero chance.
In terms of first round opponent, it looks like a coin toss as to whether we end up with Brooklyn, Washington or Chicago. Whether we finish 3rd or 4th, its just as likely that we play any one of these teams given how tight things are. While I would choose Wash out of the three, there is certainly no guarantee that they finish fifth.
Maybe Im just trying to find a silver lining after a brutal stomach-punch loss last night .. but I really do think finishing 4th might be the best of all worlds.