This NBA season has been a particularly entertaining one, with so many teams vying for playoff spots in their respective conferences. If you look at the eastern conference standings today, you’d notice that four teams (Celtics, Pacers, Bobcats, and Brooklyn) are within a game and a half of each other and all engaged in a fight to the finish for the 8th and final playoff spot. Things are also interesting in the west, where an injury-riddled Thunder team is constantly having to fend off the Pelicans and Suns in order to hold on to the final playoff spot in the west. During this stretch run, a couple things have stood out most:
Russell Westbrook is Superhuman
The Oklahoma City Thunder star has been on a flat out tear for the past two month, averaging 31.5 points, 10.7 assists, and 9.3 rebounds in 22 games since the month of February began. What makes his run even more impressive is that he’s had to single-handedly carry the Thunder since the reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has been sidelined with a troublesome foot injury, while Serge Ibaka recently went down with an injury that will likely keep him out until the playoffs begin. Without Westbrook, the Thunder surely would be looking towards an offseason with no playoff competition. Thankfully, they’ve got him though, since he’s continuing to put up MVP-type numbers, lead the league in scoring, and prove how transcendent of a talent he’s become.
The Warriors are Ridiculous
Led by the frontrunner for MVP Steph Curry, the Warriors have continued sustaining their incredible level of play throughout the course of the season. Through 70 games played, the Warriors not only sit atop the western conference with a 57-13 record, but they also lead the league in both offensive efficiency (number of points scored per 100 possessions) and defensive efficiency (number of points allowed per 100 possessions). This statistical dominance helps illustrate just how dominate this Warriors team has been, but it’s a whole other story to actually watch this team in action. While their incredible offense captivates fans, the Warriors dominant defense often goes overlooked. With superb perimeter defenders in Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and DPOY candidate Draymond Green, paired with a strong interior defender in Andrew Bogut, the Warriors defense is for real. It would be a huge disappointment if the team’s regular season success fails to translate into postseason success, which could be a possibility since their positioned to face one of the stronger eight seeds in recent memory, the OKC Thunder.