Although I write a novel about the greatness of coach Popovich, I want to take a look at how the playoff picture looks while heading into the All Star Break. In the West the top 8 teams are as follows 1. Golden State, 2. Memphis, 3. Portland, 4. Houston, 5. Dallas, 6. LA Clippers, 7. San Antonio, 8. Phoenix. Golden State is looking like a strong favorite to win the West, but I don't believe that Memphis is getting enough recognition. Memphis has been playing strong defense all year and the addition of Jeff Green has provided some firepower offensively. I think that this will help them get over the hump this year in the West side of the playoffs, and will help them bring the first title to Memphis.
The top 8 teams in the East are as follows 1. Atlanta, 2. Toronto, 3. Chicago, 4.Washington, 5.Cleveland, 6. Milwaukee, 7. Charlotte, 8. Miami. A lot of people don't believe that Atlanta is going to have what it takes to win the East because of there lack of a closer. I don't know that this is necessarily a bad thing however. I think that it will make them a tough team to guard in late situations, because the ball could go anywhere and all of their players are playing with the confidence to be able to knock down clutch shots. However, I think that Cleveland is really starting to come together and will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. Chicago did look good last night in their win against Cleveland, and Derrick Rose looked like his old self. The big question is whether that he will continue to be healthy the rest of the season. If the Bulls remain healthy then they can beat anyone in the East.
Check out next week's blog as I will bring you more basketball updates.