The NBA season is halfway through and the All-Star game was this weekend. The Western Conference beat the Easter Conference by 23 points. Defense is usually nonexistent in All-Star games and this one was no exception with record-breaking offense on both sides of the court, but especially the West.
This was Kobe Bryant's last All-Star game before his retirement. He passed on the legacy to the future greats like Stephen Curry with 26 points and Russell Westbrook with 31 points. The game had lots of great moments and was fun to watch.
It's also a great time to take stock of the standings and look forward to the second half of the season. The Golden State Warrior remain at the top with an amazing 48-4 record. They would seem to be uncatchable but the San Antonio Spurs are only 3.5 games right behind them with a 45-8 record. Further back but still with a great record is the Oklahoma City Thunder. I think one of these three teams is a high pick to be in the playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers are still playing pretty well without their star who should be returning once his hand heals. The Grizzlies, Mavericks, Trail Blazers, and Jazz round out the bottom four of the top eight of the West. All of these teams should be pretty competitive in the playoffs.
The Eastern Conference is still led by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star hosts Toronto Raptors are a close second only three games back. The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks are behind the two leaders but my Hawks have been ailing of late. The Heat, Pacers, and Bulls are all keeping close. The Charlotte Hornets have moved into the top eight over the Pistons since I last posted.
I will check in again at the end of the month to see if any teams have moved. I am looking forward to impressive match ups as we move closer to the playoffs!