We are officially three-fourths through the NBA regular season and now is the time when playoff positioning begins to take shape.
A lot has happened recently so here we go.
What has happened in the past couple days:
• Miami Heat extend winning streak to 22 with 108-91 win over Raptors. The NBA record for consecutive victories was done by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72. Could Miami get there? Maybe, maybe not, but they have something to play for and you better believe they are going for it. When a team like Miami, coming off a championship season, tries to just get to the postseason without falling asleep, records like these are something to keep their focus as we enter the stretch run
•Lakers defeat Pacers 99-93 with hobbled Kobe Bryant after injuring his ankle the game before. He only played 12 minutes
•New York Knicks are pondering Delonte West as its search for backcourt depth continues
•John Wall scores season-high 29 as Washington beats New Orleans, 96-87
•New York Knicks add Kenyon Martin for the remainder of the season. His experience and defensive abilities will be looked upon in the postseason
•Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks was fined $50,000 for using offensive language and criticizing officials
•Martell Webster scored 34 points in Washington’s victory over Suns
•James Harden scored 37 points as the Rockets top Minnesota 108-100
Latest injury news to note:
•Timberwolves’ Kevin Love admits there’s a chance he might not play again this year. “I’d say that has crossed my mind, but as far as making a decision, I haven’t made that decision yet,” he said
•Pau Gasol’s foot is almost ready to go. He should return within the next game or so
•Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony tests his knee to see exactly what is wrong and whether or not sitting out will be helpful
What to look forward to in the next couple days:
•Heat look to extend win streak to 23 games when they travel to Boston on Monday to play the Celtics. This should be a dandy. This is exactly the game Boston can get up for
•Thunder and Grizzlies lock horns on Wednesday as two of the better teams in the Western Conference battle for playoff positioning
The regular season can be difficult from a fan’s perspective. Many times you will see teams coast to the 4th quarter before showing up defensively. We are slowly getting closer to the best time of the year and that’s the postseason.
So sit back and ride out this wave as we inch closer to playoff basketball.