10 storylines to keep an eye on as the NBA’s final playoff push gets underway
With a month and half left in the 2016-17 NBA season, teams are preparing for three things – the championship run, the fight to the death to just make the playoffs or the draft.
Teams have a little over 20 games left, so for the most part teams know where they will end up when the season ends. However, there’s still lots to play for in terms of seeding in both conferences.
The Kevin Durant injury leaves Golden State vulnerable for the No. 1 seed in the West. The Celtics are only a few games back of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 1 seed in the East. And then, there are the intense races for the 8th seeds in both conferences.
There is no shortage of intrigue heading into the stretch run of the NBA season. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind as it all unfolds.