Heat continue to rule in power rankings, but Carmelo-led Knicks re-emerging as threat.
By FOXSPORTS.COMFS Arizona
By Sam Amico
The Heat are still having their way with the majority of opponents, regardless of whether their biggest stars play. But the
Spurs and, yes, the
Knicks are sending notice that the playoffs won't be a cakewalk.
Will spend the final week of the regular season with fingers crossed and one eye on the Jazz. And probably feeding Kobe Bryant the ball a lot.
16 Hawks 42-36 -5
As Larry Drew will tell you, the Hawks need to rediscover the determination that enabled them to hush the experts who predicted a meaningless season. Otherwise, it’ll end up being a rather meaningless season.
17 Mavericks 38-39 -1
The Mavericks are acting as if they have an actual shot to steal the final playoff spot on the final day. And guess what? It’s a long shot, but it’s a shot.
18 Bucks 37-39
The Bucks are more or less backing their way into the postseason with inconsistency in all areas. Turning it on and off is no way to approach the most meaningful part of the year.
19 76ers 31-45 +2
Give Doug Collins and the Sixers credit for playing hard and treating every game in March like a playoff game. But it won’t be long until they’ll have to start anew -- most likely sans Collins.
With Kyrie Irving slumping after an injury, this team is suddenly going as Tristan Thompson goes. Either way, when all the talk is centered around Byron Scott’s job, you know it’s been another bad season.
Aside from Goran Dragic, no one on this roster qualifies as someone you have to bring back. The Suns’ biggest reason for hope is the Lakers’ struggles. If LA misses the playoffs, the Suns get another lottery pick.
29 Magic 19-59
Nikola Vucevic is a double-double machine. Raise your hand if you predicted he’d be a better center than Andrew Bynum at the start of the season.
30 Bobcats 18-59
Say this much: At least the Bobcats are in familiar territory. And at least they know another summer shakeup is forthcoming. Other than that, things really stink.