The Warriors are chasing history, the Spurs are a well-oiled machine and the playoff picture is slowly forming.
Well, we’re almost there. And as predictable as this season has been at times—our top three teams in the preseason remain in their spots, in that order—there’s a solid amount of basketball still worth watching, and a number of things that could come down to the final game of the season.
Are you tired of hearing about the Warriors yet? Better stop watching basketball for the rest of your life. Their pursuit of 73 wins can come down to the wire, not to mention the whole championship thing they have to chase. And hey, the Spurs are still technically chasing 70 wins, and they play Golden State twice. Safe to say the ancient Ouija board Adam Silver uses to make the NBA schedule has come up huge. It’s appointment viewing.
The Eastern Conference’s scramble for seeds 3–6 and 7–8 will likely continue until the very end. In the West, 5–6 and 7–8 remain similarly undecided. Don’t hate on the somewhat onerous 82–game slate, just enjoy the fact it works right now. That, and soak up all the Kobe you can, however you can, as his career concludes.
Here are the second-to-last Power Rankings of the year.