The Spurs set an NBA record with their 20th consecutive victory bridging the regular season and the playoffs. They came in sharing the longest such streak with the 2000-01 Lakers, who won 19 in a row before losing to Philadelphia in the first game of the finals.
CELTICS: Coach Doc Rivers said he will stick with veteran shooting guard Ray Allen, who has been dealing with pain in his right ankle for several weeks, and missed all but one of his seven field-goal attempts in Boston’s Game 1 loss to Miami on Monday night.
“Ray is Ray, and we’re going to keep rolling him out there and see what we can get,” Rivers said. “If we feel he can’t give it to us, we’ll go with someone else. But I think right now you have to give Ray a fighting chance every time.”
CLIPPERS: Vinny Del Negro will be back as coach next season.
The Clippers exercised their contract option on him to return for a third season. Del Negro led Los Angeles to a 40-26 record during the lockout-shortened season and the second round of the playoffs, where they were swept by the Spurs.
Their winning percentage of 60.6 this season was the highest in franchise history.
DRAFT LOTTERY: The odds are stacked against Michael Jordan’s Bobcats winning the NBA lottery tonight and landing the No. 1 pick in the draft.
The Bobcats finished with the worst winning percentage in league history (.106) after going 7-59 in the labor-shortened regular season. Nonetheless, they have a 25 percent chance of getting this year’s top prospect – which appears to be 6-foot-10 Anthony Davis from Kentucky.
“It’s probably as big of a day as we’ve had in our history since Michael joined,” said Bobcats president and COO Fred Whitfield.
History isn’t on Charlotte’s side.
The team with the worst record in the league hasn’t won the NBA lottery since 2004 – the year the Orlando Magic used the No. 1 pick to select center Dwight Howard.
Since then, the team with the worst record has received the second pick three times, the third pick once and the fourth pick three times.