2022 NBA playoff updates: Lakers, Knicks, Pacers among postseason eliminated teams

We’re in the final week of the 2021-22 NBA regular season, and 20 teams are punching their playoff and playoff tickets. Unfortunately, 10 other franchises are heading into an early offseason with the Draft Lottery in their future. With just a few games remaining, here’s a quick look at every team that missed the cut to make the playoffs.

Teams eliminated from the playoffs

The Detroit Pistons entered the season knowing they were in the early stages of a rebuild, so the playoffs were never really something that was on their radar, despite the fact that they would pull out. and competed every night. With players like Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey as cornerstones of the future, Detroit could be a few good draft picks away from returning to the playoffs.

When you take into consideration that the Houston Rockets voluntarily paid John Wall not to play for them this season, it’s safe to say that they had no real playoff expectations. However, with a potential cornerstone of the franchise in Jalen Green already in the fold, the Rockets have at least one legit building block to build a roster around.

The Indiana Pacers made major changes to their roster at Deadline and are now looking to the future after being knocked out of the playoffs last month. Although they still have decisions to make regarding some players on their roster, primarily Myles Turner, Indiana has some intriguing young talent it can develop moving forward.

Los Angeles Lakers

What a disappointing season for LeBron James and Co. The purple and gold underperformed majorly during their 82-game regular season schedule and will therefore be watching the playoffs from home. James and Anthony Davis’ injuries certainly played a role in their fates, but this roster just wasn’t built properly and that was evident from the jump. It will be up to Rob Pelinka to figure out how to right the ship by next season.

The New York Knicks took the NBA by storm last season, finishing fourth in the East for their first playoff appearance since 2013. And although they crashed out in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks, the future seemed rather exciting. Julius Randle won Most Improved Player, they had bright young talent in RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley and head coach Tom Thibodeau had built an elite defence.

Everything fell apart this season. The team’s offseason moves didn’t pan out, and Randle and the defense took significant steps back. The writing has been on the wall for a brutal 3-17 streak in January and February, and now the Knicks have been knocked out of the playoffs. From fourth in the East to not even having entered the qualifying tournament, a rather disappointing turn of events.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looks like a future star of this league, but despite the promise the young point guard has shown since joining Oklahoma City, the Thunder just aren’t a team that was built to compete for a spot in the league. playoffs right now. Considering the plethora of draft picks Sam Presti has acquired over the years, they should have all the aces they need to put themselves in a position to be a contender again sooner rather than later.

Much like other franchises entering the offseason early, the Orlando Magic weren’t really expected to compete for a playoff spot this year. It remains to be seen how close they are to returning at this stage but some of their young players, namely Mo Bamba, have made great progress this season. Despite this, the Magic were the first team in the league to be eliminated from the playoffs this season.

The Trail Blazers’ season really got worse once Damian Lillard got injured. Shortly after, CJ McCollum was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland officially kicked off the 2021-22 season in hopes of building into the future. The Blazers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs last week.

The Sacramento Kings saw their playoff drought extend to a 16th season Sunday night after losing to the Golden State Warriors. There really isn’t much to say when you approach two straight decades of missing the playoffs. Whether or not the combination of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis will be enough to end this trend next season remains to be seen.

After making a number of major changes this offseason, including the trade of Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Wizards are off to a terrific start. They played great defense, beat some elite teams and had real positive energy about them. In the first month of the regular season, they were 10-3 and in first place in the East.

Unfortunately, it was the highlight of their season. They lost 12 of their next 17 games and could never get back on track. There were rumors of infighting, Bradley Beal needed end-of-season surgery and they finally blew things up at the trade deadline. Now they are officially out of the playoff race.

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