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There’s not much not to like about the season 14 weeks in, unless your team is well on its way to the #1 pick. San Antonio and Miami are still in the lead, and plenty of other teams are where they were last week, with some minor changes. Of course, that means many different teams are still quite close to each other, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, February 6, before the day’s games:
The Clippers are streaky in a bad way once more, having lost three in a row and seven of nine. Golden State may not be #5 anymore, but they have plenty of poise and ability to beat L.A, especially if Chris Paul isn’t 100%.
With seven straight wins (and a 21-3 home record), Denver is cruising. Memphis, once right up there in the West, now leads Denver solely on percentage points. Memphis is struggling to hold onto any sort of momentum, which gives Denver a dangerous edge.
Chicago is still hanging around up there. True, they may not be perfect, but they have Derrick Rose continuing to edge closer to a return. Joakim Noah is having foot problems himself, which may be the best thing Brooklyn could hope for in not having to face both stars at full power.
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