The NBA Playoffs are right around the corner which means the elite teams are ready to make a push towards greatness! Let’s take a look at the Top 3 teams of each Conference.
Miami Heat – This is definitely not a surprise. Miami is dominating, once again. They’ve won 16 games in a row and hope to continue that winning streak this weekend. At the top of the east, they are 8 games ahead of New York and Indiana. The man wearing a LeBron James jersey is producing another MVP type year. It seems as though he can “flip the switch” when he needs to at the end of games to guarantee a win. Any team that has to face the Miami Heat during the playoffs will have to bring their A+++ game to have a chance to knock off the defending champions.
New York Knicks – The Knicks have cooled off behind the 3 point line. This, in turn, means they haven’t been as successful as they were at the beginning of this season. Their recent struggles can also be a result of multiple injuries to a few key players. Rasheed Wallace, Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby have missed significant number of games this year. Carmelo Anthony, their star player, has also missed a handful of games with nagging injuries. They Knicks were fortunate enough to have Iman Shumpert back in action, and also signed Kenyon Martin to his 2nd 10 day contract. Will those moves help an often injured team that can’t seem to find its rhythm?
Indiana Pacers – The Pacers are performing better than most experts/fans predicted in the early stages of this season. Especially since they’ve played a large part of this season without their “closer,” Danny Granger. As a result of Granger’s absence, Paul George has emerged as an All Star. He’s carried the team thus far and has the Indiana Pacers tied for the 2nd spot in the East. If any team can give the defending champs, the Miami Heat, a run for their money, it’s definitely this team. The pacers have always been a good defensive team, and that hasn’t changed. What has changed is their offensive prowess. They are scoring with ease and their ability to move the ball plays a big part.
San Antonio Spurs – Coach Gregg Popovich’s system can work well with mediocre players that stick to the game plan. So with 2-3 All Star caliber players involved, having the best record in the NBA doesn’t come as a surprise. Tony Parker recently went down with an ankle injury. Before the injury, Parker was putting up MVP numbers. He was having a better year, statistically, then Derrick Rose’s MVP year. They Spurs are an older team, which means they are used to dealing with a variety of injuries every year. Manu Ginobili has missed a good amount of games as well as Kawhai Leonard. Dealing with adversity is what the San Antonio Spurs are all about. They’ll continue to believe in Popovich’s system, which is a championship winning system.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook & Serge Ibaka. Nuff’ Said when it comes to OKC. Those 3 players are, respectably, one of the best at the position they play. They are only 2 ½ games behind the Spurs and are A LOT younger. Only a handful of teams can run with the Thunder. They have 2 out the top 10 scorers in the league. They also have the 2nd leading blocker in the league. Russell Westbrook is also averaging 7.8 assists a game, good enough to be the 5th best in the league this year. Expect to see Oklahoma City Thunder gear up to make their second straight appearance in the NBA Finals. If they can clamp down on their defense, they’ll have a great chance to beat any team coming out of the East, even the Miami Heat!
Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers started off this season with a bang. Since then, they’ve dealt with injuries to Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Having the deepest bench in the league has definitely helped. The LA Clippers have established themselves as an elite team this year. Earlier this year they had a season best 17 game winning streak. Blake Griffin has improved his mid-range shot. DeAndre Jordan is quite possible the most fun player to watch while throwing down a lob pass for an exciting dunk. Offense has never been a problem for this team, but their defense needs to improve, drastically, for them to become serious contenders.
This guest post was written by Omair T. Omair is a sales representative here at FansEdge.com. Although his favorite sports are basketball and football, he did crush the competition by winning his Fantasy Baseball league in 2012.