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East playoff race: Fight to the finish

PER Diem: Feb. 25, 2010

Updated: February 25, 2010, 3:06 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Dwyane WadeAP Photo/J Pat CarterThe Heat have an easy remaining schedule. But that won't mean much if D-Wade's in street clothes.

Five teams, four spots.

It's a simple equation: Of the quintet of teams trying to grab the remaining four playoff spots in the East, one won't make it. And for each club, the consequences of missing would matter to an unusual degree.

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