Originally Posted by PGM
Yes. They don't make the playoffs unless they win the "play-in game". Sorry.
It's a crapshoot "Game 163"
Win or lose that game, if they play in it, they made the playoffs. Granted, not much of an accomplishment if they lose, but it is what it is.
As the announcers just said, it's quite an accomplishment that they're still in contention considering everything they've endured this season.