As Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said, "It's over."
His team's pursuit of the No. 3 seed, that is.
The Nets (47-33) lost to the Toronto Raptors, 93-87 on Sunday afternoon at Air Canada Center, meaning they'll open the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 4 seed.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Nets officially have nothing to play for.
Right now, health is their biggest concern. So who do they sit?
Deron Williams (30 points, seven assists) banged his left knee again. Joe Johnson (4-for-16) has looked fine, but had been dealing with a heel injury. Gerald Wallace has missed the last two games due to a lower left leg contusion. Maybe Brook Lopez? Keith Bogans?
"We're gonna have more serious conversations," Carlesimo told reporters in Toronto. "We don't need to get anybody hurt. We're not playing for anything. Going forward, now we've certainly gotta rest some people.
"We just gotta figure out who. There are some people we do not want to play in a back-to-back. There are some people that we probably don't want playing both games. And we certainly don't want to play them big minutes."
Carlesimo said he'll talk to players like Williams and Johnson, along with trainer Tim Walsh, before figuring out how he wants to proceed.
The Nets will host Game 1 of the first round over the weekend -- but they don’t know who they're going to face just yet.
The Atlanta Hawks (44-36) are a game up on the Chicago Bulls (43-37) for the No. 5 seed. The Hawks end their season with the Raptors (Tuesday) and the New York Knicks (Wednesday); the Bulls end their season with the Orlando Magic (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday). Chicago owns the tiebreaker by virtue of winning its season-series with Atlanta, 2-1.
Now, the waiting game begins.
"At least there's some finality for the four spot -- we don't know if we're gonna play Chicago or Atlanta -- but at least there's some finality there," Carlesimo said.