The Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez continues to aspire to last 'playoff' ticket that still remains to be adjudicated in the NBA after the victory of their Hornets against Detroit Pistons (91-104), while the Raptors beat the Miami Heat at home (117-109) and the Nuggets succumbed in their visit to Portland (115- 108).
After confirming the presence of Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic in qualifying for the ring, and 15 of the 16 playoff teams are known and it only remains to award the eighth place in the East. The Pistons (39-41) continue to lead, but they have no margin of error before the pressure of Hornets (38-42) and Heat (38-42) in the absence of two days to close the regular season.
Willy Hernangómez this time did not play a minute at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, where the Hornets earned the right to continue dreaming thanks to Kemba Walker (31) and Frank Kaminsky (24), leaders in the victory against the Pistons of a José Manuel Calderón who still does not play.
On the other hand, the Raptors, that they do not play at all because they have secured their second place in the East, they needed an extension to overcome Miami in a match with correct performances of Serge Ibaka (12 points and 5 rebounds) and Marc Gasol (8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists).
Further, Juancho Hernangómez contributed with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 23 minutes with the Nuggets, who remain second in the West (53-27) but see their position in danger against the strength of the Houston Rockets (53-28) who have six consecutive victories. Damian Lillard (30) was Denver's 'executioner', who noticed the absence of Nikola Jokic
Statistics of Spanish players
- Serge Ibaka: 12 points and 5 rebounds.
- Marc Gasol: 8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
- Juancho Hernangómez. 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.