When I was watching some Opening Day baseball this past Friday between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians, a long rain delay pretty much washed out most of my interest. While, I was standing around waiting for the game to re-start up (which was about four hours later) a song from came across the PA system that I had not heard in awhile, “Hanging On” by MTV reality star (I use the term star, loosely here) Cheyenne Kimball.
While the pop/teen idol probably was not talking about the NBA playoff race, the song’s title is a very apt to be the final days of the NBA season as teams battle for position.
It is already known that the Lakers and the Cavaliers have both clinched the overall number one seed in both conferences but both them are currently attempting to clinch home-court through-out the playoffs.
The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics are both competing for the overall two seed out East with a two game edge (at the time of this post) currently held by Boston. Boston has won six in a row but Orlando could make a run to get into that coveted number two seed.
Then we get into the possible battles in the lower brackets of the Eastern and Western Conferences; we stay in the East where the five to eight seeds are still undecided with a total of two games separating the 5th seed Miami Heat and the 8th seed Detroit Pistons. The Heat could fall as far as 8th and the Piston could get all the way up to the 5th seed. Other players in this race are the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Now let’s move to the Western Conference, the playoff race has been intense all year and could flip-flop regarding on how certain teams do. The Nuggets are currently the overall two seed but nipping at their heels are the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trailblazers. Each of them is within at least one game of taking over the number two seed.
Then we hit the lower portion of the bracket; The Dallas Mavericks who only a few days ago were almost about to miss out on the playoffs could jump to the 6th seed since they are currently in a tie with New Orleans. The Utah Jazz who appeared to be on the fast-track to a top three seed earlier in the season have dropped all the way to number eight but they are currently only a game back of both Dallas and New Orleans.
There are many scenarios which could produce vastly different results that could have Detroit to 5th which could produce a Miami vs. Cleveland first round matchup to Portland taking the number two seed and Dallas jumping to the 6th seed where a possibility that the Utah Jazz will face the Lakers in the first round.
Honestly I cannot remember when there is this much tension in the final week or so in the regular season, if the end of the season is this exciting, think of what the playoffs have to bring.