|Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win By Less Than a FOOT||Panic Mode in Full Effect, Minutemen are Struggling||Patriots Survive Gritty Challenge From Jets||Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves|
The season is nearing an end, but there’s still plenty of movement afoot. The teams are just about set (though there is still some room to make it into the brackets in the West), though many teams are within a win or two (or as many losses) from changing multiple seeds at once. A pair of active, double-digit win streaks is only adding to the intrigue of the season. With all the intrigue in the NBA right now, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, March 20, before the day’s games:
The Lakers are hanging around at #8, but San Antonio is keeping pace and then some, and they have only four home losses all year. The Lakers will pick off a game or two, but the veteran Spurs should be able to stay one step ahead of them.
Houston is doing its best to keep up and avoid dropping a seed. Meanwhile, the Thunder have won eight of ten and show no signs of slowing down. The Thunder have a large stockpile of energetic talent, and they’ll use all of it.
Memphis may not be winning at Miami’s pace, but they’re doing a respectable job. Golden State is doing alright, but they’re still 7.5 games behind Memphis, and are 17-20 away from home. The Warriors should make things quite interesting, but Memphis should be able to pull out a gritty victory in the end.
13 straight wins have the Nuggets on the rise, to say the least. Los Angeles is a good team, but they’ve lost home-court to Denver by half a game. With the roll Denver is on, it’ll take a supreme effort to stop them, something more than the Clippers can muster.
Boston put up a very good performance against Miami, but they still have health issues. Thankfully for Boston, Kevin Garnett is about to return, and they are 2-0 against Indiana so far this season. If everything’s cooking on all cylinders for Boston, Indiana could be in for an upset.
Neither side is doing very well right now. The Knicks have health issues to work through, and it’s obvious Chicago has been knocked down a notch without Derrick Rose. With proper rest, though, New York should be healthy, or at least healthy enough, for the first round.
Despite being back at #5, Atlanta still has a ways to go in order to make some noise in the postseason. Brooklyn has two games on Atlanta, giving them home-court advantage, which works very well for a team when both a pretty close like these two are. Without some last minute improvement, Atlanta will keep things close, but still be at a disadvantage.
Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs