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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 7

Seven weeks are gone in the NBA season, and three teams are above .500 in the East. Beyond the front few teams, the teams are as clustered as they can be, and especially in the East several teams ranked ninth and lower are in the running. Trading season is off and running, and many teams […]

Trade Rumors: Omer Asik to the Celtics?

Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, a legitimate 7-footer that can protect the rim, could be traded by Houston’s self-imposed deadline of Dec. 19. The Celtics, as usual, aren’t quiet in the trade market, and view Asik as an opportunity to improve now and possibly in the future. The rumored trade would have the Celtics send […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 6

We’re now past 20 games into the season, and things remain especially bleak in the East for any non-Miami or Indiana team. The West has a bit of a clique on top, though many more Western teams still have a pretty good chance to make a run. In both conferences, teams are clustered all around […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 5

The season is already almost a quarter of the way over, and it’s still a hot-bed of competition. In the West, all but Utah and Sacramento are within two games of a playoff spot. In the East, four teams, including a division winner, are sub-.500 but in the playoffs. Another two, including the third seed, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 4

A month is gone in the NBA season on Thanksgiving, and there’s plenty of room for movement. Other than Indiana and Miami, no East team is above .500. Meanwhile, three .500 or better teams in the West aren’t even in the playoffs. Seeding is still very clogged up, so anyone could be anywhere in not […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 3

It’s three weeks into the season now, and we’re getting a sense of who will be a contender and who will be playing for ping pong balls. The Pacers, Spurs and Blazers are doing quite well for themselves, while the Bucks and Jazz are having quite a bit of difficulties. The West is still populated […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 22

The playoffs are really starting to come into the picture with a week left in the season. Five of six divisions and the Eastern Conference are locked up. 15 of 16 teams have punched their tickets, leaving the Lakers and Jazz in a dogfight for the final spot, though Dallas is still holding out hope. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 21

Just two weeks remain in the season. The Jazz and Lakers are still in a dead heat for the final spot, while the others are pretty safe, if not mathematically clinched. Still, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to play for. Avoiding Miami in the first round will certainly be a good race. The top spot […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 20

20 weeks into the season, and things are starting to come down to the wire. There isn’t much time left at all to make a move, yet only five teams have been mathematically eliminated so far. The Heat have opened a sizable lead in the East, while even San Antonio isn’t out of the woods […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 19

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 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 18

There’s not much time left in the season. All teams have passed 60 games, but only Miami has clinched a playoff spot so far. And nobody has clinched ping pong balls yet, but will next game, in all likelihood. The biggest race by far is for the lowest seeds in the West; #7-#9 are separated […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 17

Now a week into March, the brackets are pretty set. The East is definitely set, with 7.5 games separating #8 from #9. The Lakers are still making a case in the West, but 2.5 games back may be too much when you have a poor road record in a powerful conference. Right now, Miami is […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 16

We’re coming up on 60 games played in the season, and there’s still a lot to play for. Miami and San Antonio are still the teams to beat, but it’s a lot closer amid the rest. In particular, the race to avoid the worst West seeds is getting very heated, especially with San Antonio and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 15

The All Star Game is this weekend, and the playoff teams are starting to come into the picture. Miami is rebuilding a lead in the East, as San Antonio is starting to do out West. The teams in the middle are still fighting for position, which is extra important in order to avoid the hardest […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 14

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 […]