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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 21

Three weeks remain in the schedule, and two more teams have punched their post-season tickets. There’s still a lot of close seeding to be hammered out. Remember last year when the Rockets could have ended anywhere from second to fifth on the season’s last day? Multiple teams could very well pull off something similar this […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 20

Another week gone, about 15 games to go, the Magic have become the latest team to clinch a playoff berth, Cleveland has become the first division winner, and the Nets are on pace to win just under 8.5 games. And the brackets are pretty much set by now. Chicago could pick up the 2.5 games […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 19

Another week is gone, but some special things have happened. Cleveland became the first team to win 50 games, which if you look back on the last couple of years, anoints them as the next NBA champions. Cleveland has also become the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs, while New Jersey (on […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 18

Celtics and Nets; no thanks. But otherwise, there’s been plenty to look at. Utah has been relegated back to #4 while Dallas has cruised up to #2. #8 Portland is 4.5 games ahead of #9 Memphis, so there’s some huge space developing there; it looks like we may have our final eight West teams. Out […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 17

After another week, the brackets are shifting a tad. A little seed jostling here and there, made possible by winning streaks followed by losing ones. It enabled Phoenix to overtake Oklahoma City, and allowed Milwaukee to sneak in completely under the radar. The Cavs, despite a disappointing end to their winning streak, recovered enough to […]

Old Celtics Stay Up Late to Dominate Blazers

Man, these West Coast games are killing me. While I did manage to stay awake into the wee hours of the morning to watch the Celtics, I also managed to pass out shortly after the game. Thus, here’s a late edition of my thoughts on the game, which really wasn’t much of a contest after […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 16

There was an All-Star break in the middle of last week, but there’s still plenty going on. The Lakers and Cavs are the clear favorites to meet in the Finals, while the Nets, despite a win in Charlotte Tuesday, are still on track to set the NBA’s all-time worst record at 8-74. And it seems […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 15

We’ve seen a lot of seed juggling over the past week. Utah’s former nine-game win streak helped, but Cleveland is opening a wide lead thanks to their active 12-game win streak. Two non-division leaders are in the #3 positions, because of Utah’s performance and Boston’s failure to capitalize on a rough Hawks’ loss. There’s still […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 14

There’s been some movement over the past week, particularly in the lower seeds of the Western Conference, where the Grizzlies have faded back out of the race, 1.5 games behind the Blazers. The lower East seeds have kept playoff spots, but have shuffled the first round match-ups around. Also, remember when the Celtics lost only […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 13

The season’s cruising along, and it won’t be long before we’re talking playoffs. As expected, the Lakers have a comfortable West lead, and the Cavaliers are right back where they were last season. And thanks to some recent good fortune, so are the Celtics. The East’s final spots have stabilized nicely, while the West’s final […]

Diagnosing the Ailing Celtics

The NBA regular season is almost half-way over and the Boston Celtics sit at 27-13. The record has the Celtics atop of the Atlantic Division and leading the Toronto Raptors by 7.5 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only Eastern Conference team with more wins than the C’s. Certainly, the Celtics are right where they want […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 12

With the season about half over now, plenty of teams are worthy of attention. Who would have thought the Bobcats would be #5, especially after a 39-point obliteration of Miami? Memphis is knocking on the door out West, and New Orleans, New York, and Milwaukee aren’t that far out either. The Celtics can’t hold a […]

SoB NBA Power Rankings 1-16-10

Three of the top four teams in this week’s SoB NBA Power Rankings are from the Eastern Conference, but the defending champion LA Lakers remain at No. 1 for the third consecutive poll. The Celtics slipped to No. 3 after being leap-frogged by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who sit in the second place spot just one […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11

Teams have started to settle into their positions as we approach the half-way mark of the season, but plenty of spots are ripe for the taking. Only three teams are not within 5.5 games of a playoff spot. The Bucks are not in a playoff spot, but are 2.5 games away from #5. Similarly out […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 10

A full ten weeks into the season, plenty of surprises are still in place. The Bobcats and Bucks are still hanging onto playoff spots, as are the Thunder. Even the Clippers, who were up by nine at the half “at home” against the Lakers late, are just three games out of the brackets. And the […]