This amazing game winner from the Miami Heat — and even more amazing celebration — has major playoff implications for both them and the Detroit Pistons, two teams duking it out for final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. After James Johnson missed an attempted shot to put Miami ahead, and Goran Dragic missed a follow-up, it was Hassan Whiteside who tipped it back in as time expired.
Seven teams between the No. 5 and 10 seed in the Eastern Conference are separated by five games — Miami sits at 36-38 in the No. 8 seed now, while Detroit is 34-41 and 2.5 games back of them. The Pistons have been tumbling, but with the regular season coming down to the final weeks, it’s good for Miami to tie up the season series vs. Detroit.
San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU: D.J. Fluker has turned out to be a nice find for the Chargers, solidifying the offensive line for the time being. In fact, San Diego would be a more competitive team if the defense could hold up a bit better against the pass. Jason Verrett has moved into the No. 1 spot on our cornerback rankings, so he slides into this spot.
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Tennessee Titans – C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama: It’s tough to imagine C.J. Mosley falling too far on draft day considering he has the versatility to play inside and outside linebacker in any defensive alignment. Due to need, he slips just out of the top 10, but the Titans would be happy to add Mosley. He’s comfortable in coverage but has the burst and first step to impact the game as a pass rusher as well.
Limited Kids Ronald Leary Jersey Cleveland Browns – Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan: The Browns have been much better than most expected in 2017, despite going through three different quarterbacks already this season. Brandon Weeden is on his last legs in Cleveland, but the team may not be in a position to get a signal caller who fits its system with this pick. Addressing the offensive tackle spot opposite Joe Thomas makes the most sense in terms of need.