The NBA may feature one of the most generous playoff formats in the professional sports realm, but that hasn't saved 13 different teams from scratching playoff basketball off their summer to-do list.
At this point in the season, wins and losses carry different meanings for nearly every team in the league.
A strong week might buy a postseason seat or help a club slide into a more comfortable chair. It may mean simply closing the season on a high note, alleviating a bit of the disappointment with hope of better days to come.
Then again, a lousy week is just that, regardless of a team's current standing.
It means delaying the inevitable for those aforementioned 13 teams struggling to find reasons to keep competing. Or it leads to some untimely questions about a club's chemistry and character as it gets set for the grueling second season.
Most destinies have been defined at this point of the season, but this past week still took a number of teams in opposite directions.