We are just a handful of games away from starting the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Positions are being filled, teams are battling for seeds and, unfortunately, half the league will miss out.
Let the games begin. Well, almost.
What has happened in the past couple days:
• Carmelo Anthony scores 41 as Knicks top Bucks. Once Stoudemire is out with an injury, Carmelo just looks insanely unstoppable on the offensive side of the floor. The best thing that will happen to the Knicks is Amar’e not coming back for the postseason
• Cousins plays just nine minutes in Kings’ loss to Dallas. I’m sure someone isn’t happy…
• LaMarcus Aldridge scores 32 points in return, but Blazers can’t stop Rockets in 116-98 loss
• Mike Miller helps star-less Heat cruise past Charlotte Bobcats
• Iguodala leads charge as Nuggets win 20th straight home game
• John Wall scores 37 as Wizards top Pacers for 9th straight home win. How great has he been in 2013?
• Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman reaches 1,000 career wins after 107-101 victory of Pistons
• Bucks beat Raptors, clinch playoff spot for 2013 NBA Playoffs
• Pistons’ Frank admits future as coach up in air. And that’s the way it should be. If you underperform as a coach and your team is terrible it should fall on the coaches’ shoulders
Latest injury news to note:
• Tom Thibodeau: Rose ‘close,’ not ready to return. All Chicago wanted to do this season was get into playoff contention. They have done that. They have put themselves in the best possible situation for when Derrick Rose returns. But now, now it’s unclear when or if he’ll return. Rose still has confidence he will, however
• Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari out for the season with ACL tear
• Ty Lawson back on court for short workout, says he’s “getting a little bit better”
• Carlesimo remains concerned about health of Joe Johnson
What to look forward to in the next couple days:
• Milwaukee visits Miami, its potential opening round opponent. The Bucks are itching to leapfrog the Celtics for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Right now they are two games back. Would you rather play Miami or New York, a team who can’t win a playoff series with a leader who struggles in the postseason? The answer is easy.
• Los Angeles Lakers travel to Portland, a place that has always given them difficulty, to play the Trail Blazers as Kobe Bryant tries to keep his team in the No. 8 seed
• San Antonio goes to Denver in hopes of stopping the Nuggets’ home winning streak