The top seeded Golden State Warriors face the first challenge in their quest for a NBA three-peat, which begins on Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dwyane Wade was given an emotional send-off in his final home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday but results elsewhere eliminated the Florida team from playoff contention.
The Miami Heat edged closer to elimination from the NBA playoffs for the second time in three seasons on Sunday after a 117-109 defeat to the Toronto Raptors.
The Los Angeles Lakers, eliminated from NBA playoff contention, said Saturday that superstar LeBron James will sit out the last six games of the regular season.
Chris Bosh, who joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the Miami Heat's "Big Three" before blood clots ended his NBA career, saw his jersey No. 1 retired by the Heat on Tuesday.
Minutes before the start of Miami Heat's match versus San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich suprised Dwyane Wade with a special gift as he continues his farewell tour before retirement.
Kyle Lowry finished with 24 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors snapped the Miami Heat's win streak at four games with a 125-104 blowout victory on Sunday.
In the past four seasons, the Miami Heat has been struggling to make it to the finals since the departure of LeBron James last 2014. However, Heat president Pat Riley wants to change that.