Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sports: NBA (January 2016)

For my first update on the the National Basketball Association I'll have to do a bit of catchup on the season so far and highlight the all-star game that is about two weeks away. My focus will be on the top eight teams in both conferences and picking who might be venturing into the playoffs this summer. 

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know that much about basketball but even a novice sports analyst like me can pick out the trend of the Golden State Warriors dominating nearly every team they face and leading the Western Conference with only four losses so far. Though I did recently hear they struggled to the final buzzer agains the awful Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers. 
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.

The East is led by Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron strives to bring a championship back to his hometown but will be challenged by the Toronto Raptors only two and a half games back. The Chicago Bulls and the ailing Atlanta Hawks, my old hometown favorite, take the next two spots at the top. Close behind are the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, the Indiana Pacers, and the Detroit Pistons. 

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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