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SoB NBA Power Rankings 2-14-11

With one week left before the All-Star break, the NBA playoff picture is now coming into focus. Out West, the San Antonio Spurs have separated themselves from the pack, and are in the driver seat for the No. 1 seed. The Dallas Mavericks, who trail the Spurs by seven games, have a precarious hold on […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 15

Kobe Bryant has played more games than Michael Jordan, Ray Allen needs two more threes to break Reggie Miller’s record, and the Cavaliers have now lost more games in a row (25) than the previous record holder, Cleveland. Yes, there’s plenty of exciting things happening in the NBA lately. Of course, San Antonio’s still running […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 13

Halfway through the season, and there’s great fun in futility. The Cavs are on pace for 15 wins, and are eight losses away from breaking their own record for longest losing streak ever. The Wizards are 0-21 on the road. But the Spurs have a six-game lead over the Lakers, and Boston is still a […]

SoB NBA Power Rankings 1-24-11

The first half of the 2010-2011 NBA regular season is officially in the books, and it appears the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are on yet another collision course (unless, of course, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have something to say about it). Those elite teams currently hold the top four positions […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 12

Another week down, and after a brief scare, the Celtics are back on top of the Heat, following injuries to the other Big Three. Dirk Nowitzki’s absence really took a toll on the Mavericks. The Lakers are nicely situated at #2. The #8/#9 gaps are reasonably safe, in the West due to skill and the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11

Another week down, and the Celtics have another losing streak going, dropping behind Miami’s Big Three. The Cavaliers are the worst team in the NBA without you-know-who. Orlando is still going strong. And while the West’s eight are fairly well-entrenched, the East still has a couple of spots up for grabs, so let’s look at […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 10

Another week into the season, and Boston is losing some credibility, and donating it to Miami. First a losing streak, and then Minnesota almost beats Boston. Some complacency, some abysmal “officiating,” and that’s what you get. The James-less Cavaliers are dangerously close to being the worst team in the NBA. The Spurs continue to crush […]

Celtics Stung By Hornets Without Rondo, KG To End 2010

Without Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics look like a shadow of their former selves. On Friday afternoon at the TD Garden, they played like it in an 83-81 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, who had lost their seven previous road games. The Celtics committed 17 turnovers (with just 16 assists) and shot […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 9

Another week down, and despite the Christmas loss, the Celtics still have a comfortable lead. They and the Heat will be able to feast on first round jobbers at this rate. It looks like the Spurs will have a relatively easier time too; teams 2-6 in the West have each lost their last game, and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 8

Two months into the season, with Christmas’ quintuple header on the horizon, and there’s plenty to talk about. The Eastern Conference is once again inferior (11-16 and you’re going places), five West teams (versus two Eastern teams) have reached 20 wins, and a team affiliated with Michael Jordan is horrendous. The Lakers are still 4.0 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 7

The Celtics have a decent lead, but someone lit a fire under Miami, who’s holding steady. Dallas finally dropped a game to give San Antonio a bit of a cushion. Each playoff team finally has ten wins, and the Spurs have become the first to 20. It’s still very close in the middle, and several […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 6

Ah, the East. Where you can be .381 and still make the playoffs. Where #5 and #6 can both be better than #4. And then there’s the West. Where a team that would challenge in the East is middle of the pack. Meanwhile, Dallas has built up 10 straight wins to challenge the Spurs, who […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 5

Another week gone, and we’re coming up on LeBron’s return to Cleveland, which is sure to result in military activity not seen within U.S. borders since the Civil War. And for the first time in recent memory, the last playoff team from the West has a losing record. Chicago and Indiana are continuing to fight […]

SoB NBA Power Rankings: 11-30-10

A lot has changed in the NBA during the month of November. The San Antonio Spurs currently own the best record in the NBA, the struggling Miami Heat have fallen out of our top 10, and Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets have come back to reality after their torrent 8-0 start. One thing, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 4

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of “If the Playoffs…” For this past week’s NBA action, the Hornets have built a losing streak, the Clippers have built a winning streak, and despite missing out on Rajon Rondo and beating Toronto, Boston is still on top of the East. Plenty of teams are still jostling for position […]