Wednesday, March 2, 2016
NBA February 2016
This is an interesting time in basketball as we move every closer to the playoffs. Some of the trends have held true while there are still many surprised in store with plenty of games left to play until the middle of April.
First off the Golden State Warriors have already clinched a playoff spot and Stephen Curry has broken the three-point record, and like I said, there is still a lot of basketball left to play so this accomplishment is astonishing. This team is hands down my pick for another championship but I am alway fan of making things interesting.
The greatest competition to the Warriors in the West and overall are the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are only four games behind with a stellar record of 50-9 and I'm currently watching them face-off against the Detroit Piston who just barely in playoff contention in the eighth place in the East. With a win, the Spurs will clinch a berth.
In the distance are the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers have struggled only slightly without one of their best players, Blake Griffin, but he should return by playoff time at the latest making them tough competition. The Thunder have looked good but still neither of these teams seems a match for the Warrior or the Spurs.
The bottom four currently are the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Houston Rockets. This may change because the Utah Jazz are almost in it as well. It will be interesting to see who makes the cut.
Over on the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers hold a small lead over the Toronto Raptors. The Cavs are my prediction for a rematch of last year but the Raptors sure do look good. I'll be watching this closely.
The next two are the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. Both of these teams will give some competition but I'm rooting for the Atlanta Hawks who just lost to the Warrior and have dropped to fifth place in the East. The Charlotte Hornet and Indiana Pacers take six and seven and as mentioned earlier, the Pistons are in eighth. All of this will be fun to watch as the playoffs get ever closer. I'll be watching a lot of developments with several teams over March to see who is in the best position for a strong finish to the season!