Trailing right behind the Warriors are the San Antonio Spurs who have been such a dominant team for so long and it will be hard to count them out as the playoffs get closer but they did go down to the Warriors and Cavaliers recently so the two conference champions got a chance to show their strength.
Topping off the top four in the West are the Oklahoma Thunder who look strong and the Los Angeles Clippers who have been weakened by recent drama. I will keep an eye out on both these teams and highlight them in future posts.
The bottom four of the top eight, that may get too confusing, in the Western Conference are the Memphis Grizzlies, an old favorite, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, and the Portland Trailblazers. This area of the standing is the most likely to change but many of these teams are familiar with the playoffs and know how to sustain throughout an NBA season. It will be interesting to see how they all do as we move forward.
As the season progresses and without the distraction of football, I hope to tune into more basketball and get a sense of all the teams in the league. The All-Star break will give me a good time to revisit the standing and mark a halfway point in the season. I look forward to analyzing basketball a lot closer now that I'll get to blog about it. Stay tuned!
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