The NBA’s Western Conference is historically much better than its counterpart. However, in the past seasons it’s become so loaded, a few of the league’s premier talent will be left dry heaving in the ninth and tenth seeds. A glimmer of hope still remains for a few franchises to produce one final playoff push, while several others look to avoid falling from grace. These five teams have the absolute most questions surrounding their playoff status.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Russell Westbrook’s play lately is dominate . He’s throwing up triple-double so easily having about 40 points, yet the Oklahoma City Thunder remain gasping for air. Injuries have forced top players a huge amount of games, so until Durant and Steven Adams can get fully healthy, the 8 seed they can still get. For the Golden State Warriors’s ake, New Orleans has become the preferred first-round matchup.
Phoenix Suns – The Phoenix Suns’ unheralded rise to relevancy came perhaps too soon. This season which The Suns were anticipated to barely eclipse 20 wins, it pushed 50 and nearly nudged its way into the 8th seed. The success ultimately was the Suns worst enemy as management completely resurfaced the roster by acquiring Brandon Knight to pair alongside Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt. Despite having the diminished roster, Phoenix still features a shot at the playoffs.
San Antonio Spurs – – Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have set a precedent of excellence for pretty much two decades. Mediocrity is unacceptable and anything below a championship is deemed unsuccessful. Well, the Spurs has experienced quite the championship hangover dealing majorly because of injuries to Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter all season. Recently in the 7th seed, the Spurs must finish the growing season strong to avoid an overall total catastrophe.
New Orleans Pelicans – Albeit a depleted roster, the New Orleans Pelicans continue to get ways to grab victories. Anthony Davis’health has been a continuing issue, but Eric Gordon is really a pleasant surprise thus far who is finally beginning to go back to form. With no first-round pick, all over again, New Orleans simply cannot afford to overlook the playoffs. Given Oklahoma City’s problems with all the injuries, the Pelicans have a great shot to make a run down the stretch.
Dallas Mavericks – Forfeiting several key role players for an old-school style point guard coming of two major injuries was an enormous risk for a Dallas Mavericks team with championship aspirations – and undoubtedly its No. 1 ranked offense. The experiment has turned out an epic failure with the near 30-year-old likely to flee this offseason. Two abominable losses past week could prove to be the nail in the coffin for Rajon Rondo and the Mavericks.