The Lakers became the first team eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, but they weren't alone in the darkness for long. Following the Milwaukee Bucks' loss to the Knicks and Atlanta Hawks' win over the Nuggets, the Bucks were mercifully eliminated from the playoffs. Memphis' win over the Philadelphia 76ers eliminated the Utah Jazz as well.
Both teams started the year with distinct intentions not to tank, though Utah was willing to simply develop its talent. But both teams got off to horrfic starts and never had course corrections in talent or ability. While the Jazz have a young core that seems to like playing together, the Bucks have been a mess from a chemistry standpoint.
We'll have more on these two in our R.I.P. post later. The Philadelphia 76ers' "tragic number" for playoff elimination is two.