This weekend in the NBA
The MVP race remains inconclusive, as do most seed and play-in scenario. This league is extremely tight right now.
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Let’s try something different this Monday morning. We have all the highlights and notes you’re used to below. But for those short on time, here’s a quick hitter GMIB-y summary of the weekend.
The Nuggets went 1-1 in New York as Nikola Jokic had extremely Jokician games. As it pertains to the MVP race, Joel Embiid’s Sixers are still streaking and Giannis had a 100% FG% triple-double.
The Warriors still can’t win on the road. They renewed their mutual dislike with Dillon Brooks.
The Blazers are basically out of the play-in running in the West but Damian Lillard is continuing to play.
The Suns and Clippers are still struggling with consistency.
The Hawks are still within a game of .500.
Anthony Edwards hurt his ankle but is day-to-day.
The Bulls are back.
The Thunder might actually do this (by “this” I mean make the play-in).
Austin Reaves saved the Lakers.
Here are the biggest playoff seeding races left with about 10-12 games remaining per team.
East No. 2 seed between Philadelphia and Boston. The Sixers need every advantage they can grab in a potential second round match-up. Either team could also theoretically catch Milwaukee (2.5 games ahead) but the Bucks are hotter than a Sahara sunbather right now.
West No. 2 seed between Sacramento and Memphis. Whether No. 2 is preferable in the first round is an open question based on where (in my opinion) the Warriors land. But the race is on. The teams are tied.
West No. 4 seed between Phoenix, L.A. Clippers and Mavericks. This looked like a 3-team race with the Warriors and not the Mavericks on Friday but this thing changes every other minute. The Suns have 33 losses, Clips at 34 and the Mavericks at 35.
West No. 6 seed. All of the above teams (though Phoenix probably stays above it) plus the Warriors (36 losses), Thunder (!) (36 losses), Jazz (36 losses), Wolves (37 losses), Lakers (37 losses) and Pelicans (37 losses).
West No. 10 seed. All of the above teams. This thing is a mess!
East No. 6 seed between Brooklyn and Miami. The Heat are still a stubborn two games back in the loss column, all even on wins. But Brooklyn’s lost three straight.
East No. 10 seed between Chicago, Indiana and Washington. Toronto has created a gap between themselves and the 11-12 teams, so this seems like a 3-team fight with one slot available. The Pacers and Wizards are one win and two losses behind the surging Bulls.
Alright, there’s the situation. For now. It will change by Tuesday morning.
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