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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 8

The season is already two months old, and things still aren’t looking much better for the East. The West is breeding much better competition overall, but both conferences are still pretty tight. And with Indiana and Miami, the West certainly isn’t guaranteed to produce the next NBA Champion. A lot is still going on all […]

State of the Celtics: Rondo Cleared for Full Contact, But Leads Slipping Away

The Boston Celtics had a tough time this week as they held a 19-point advantage after the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night (thanks in part to a great tip-in play), but collapsed over the final three quarters to end up losing 107-106. They may have won their other two contests against […]

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 […]

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 2

Two weeks into the season is a great time for surprise teams to make an early impression, and that’s been happening so far. Miami isn’t the one running away with things. Houston and Brooklyn are having trouble establishing themselves. Phoenix, Portland, Charlotte and Philadelphia are all among the teams doing fairly well early. Everyone has […]

Celtics, Knicks Clinch First Round Matchup in NBA Playoffs

You can rest easy, Celtics fans. The Miami Heat won’t be waiting in the first round. One night after sitting Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in a 109-101 loss to the Heat, the Boston Celtics stars returned to trounce the Orlando Magic, 120-88, Saturday at the Amway Center. Courtney Lee led the Celtics with 20 points on 7-of-10 […]

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 […]

Garnett to Miss Two Weeks with Ankle Injury

ESPN’s Chris Forsberg and multiple media outlets are reporting that Kevin Garnett will miss approximately two weeks with what’s being deemed an “inflamed left ankle”. Garnett had an MRI on his ankle on Monday morning, and results were negative. Garnett missed the Celtics loss on Saturday to Memphis, and Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge seem to […]

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 […]