With their loss tonight, the Nuggets were eliminated from playoff contention, ending a 10-year streak of postseason action in Denver. Here’s more from out West:
- Eddie Sefko of SportsDayDFW writes that the Mavericks will prioritize the center and small forward positions in free agency this summer, looking for cheaper options to fill their other gaps.
- In a video with HoopsHype, Mark Heisler says the Lakers front office has a rebuilding plan in place, but that everyone with important ties to the organization has lost confidence in the plan. Heisler is pessimistic that the Lakers can truly turn the team around until the 2015/16 season or later, when they could start landing marquee free agents.
- Heisler also speculates that coach Mike D’Antoni won’t last beyond this season, even though he will be a scapegoat for problems he isn’t responsible for.