NBA 2017-2018 Mid-Season Review

A First Half Full of Drama

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NBA 2017-2018 Mid-Season Review

Photo: Slam Magazine. SG James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

Photo: Slam Magazine. SG James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

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Photo: Slam Magazine. SG James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

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Photo: Slam Magazine. SG James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

Tyler Didio, Staff Writer

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As we approach the second half of the 2017-2018 NBA season, let’s take some time to analyze what we are seeing right now. All numbers and stats are courtesy of NBA.com.

In the east, most of the teams had a real chance of contending because of the dramatic struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many people had the Boston Celtics emerging as the team to beat in the east. That was until the Toronto Raptors blindsided everyone. They finished the first half with an amazing 41-16 record, winning 24 of those 41 games at home. The Raptors have proven to be a sneaky deep team in the east, but it is hard to bet against the greatest player in the world, LeBron James. Ever since they acquired Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and George Hill, the Cavaliers have gone 3-0. They closed out the first half of the season with a 4 game winning streak and currently sit 3rd in the eastern conference, 6.5 games back from the 1st place Raptors. Again, it is always hard to bet against LeBron James, but the east has some deep teams this year. These teams include the Detroit Pistons, who are on the outside looking into the playoffs. Currently, they sit in 9th place, but they are just 1.5 games back from the Miami Heat. The addition of Blake Griffin may have helped the Pistons get more fans in the stadium, but it might not be enough to help the team make a deep playoff run. However, it is the NBA, and one split second could change an entire team’s season.

 

Photo: The Boston Globe. SF LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For the west, there was a little added drama to close out the first half. The Houston Rockets are currently in 1st place with a record of 44-13. James Harden seems to be the MVP right now, averaging 31.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 9 assists per game. If  Harden can keep this going is the main question everyone wants an answer to. Right behind the Rockets are the Golden State Warriors with a 44-14 record, as they sit half a game back from the Rockets. Currently, the entire western conference is based on these two teams. The San Antonio Spurs are not healthy enough, the Minnesota Timberwolves are too inexperienced, and the Oklahoma City Thunder has not seemed to gel as one yet, but they might be a team to contend towards the end if they get hot.  In the end, it will probably be the Rockets and the Warriors taking over the western conference, barring any injuries.

 

Photo: USA Today. PG Steph Curry (front) of the Golden State Warriors and SG James Harden (back) of the Houston Rockets.

Loads of drama will be expected  as we approach the playoffs, but drama is what ignites the NBA and its fans. Expect big things from the NBA, as we approach the second half of the 2017-2018 season.

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