Luke Walton was trying to find the right words to motivate his players to finish the season strong. The Sacramento Kings had been eliminated from playoff contention, which was nothing new for the team with the NBA's longest streak of missing the postseason. ''He said something like, 'We don't know when the basketball is going to come back after this time,''' guard Bogdan Bogdanovic said.
Damian Lillard poured in 42 points and 12 assists to lead the Trail Blazers over the Nets, 134-133, and into the NBA Playoffs as the 8th seed.
Jared Johnson provides a quick preview for the first ever NBA Bubble Playoffs and play-in tournament. (Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports)