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DIME HIT LIST: Playoff jockeying

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Teams are jockeying for playoff position as the season wraps up. The Hit List assigns seats for them.
Hit List
29. Cleveland Cavs (Last Week No. 29) — This team wouldn't have made it past the Sweet Sixteen.
28. Miami (Last Week No. 27) — The have thrown in the towel, waived the white flag and are screaming "uncle." What's really sad is that talk of Zo playing next year has them buzzing.
27. Denver (Last Week No. 28) — Unlike Miami, the Nugs are still giving it their all and have a sweet plan for the future. And it doesn't revolve around Kiki suiting up again.
26. Toronto (Last Week No. 26) — can still actually play some good basketball. Who knew?
25. L.A. (Last Week No. 25) — The problem with giving rookies and playing time now is that they might get good too soon. Then it's buh-bye when their contracts are done, since Sterling won't ante up.
24. Chicago (Last Week No. 24) — If we're Krumbs Krause, we're dealing this summer while his value is high. Then we're going on a diet. Actually, diet first, trade second.
23. Atlanta (Last Week No. 23) — We've got the next great marketing scheme to come out of Atlanta: double or nothing on the playoff guarantee for next season.
22. (Last Week No. 22) — If we had a vote, we'd give it to J-Will for the NBA's Most Improved Player. This is probably why we don't have a vote.
21. New York (Last Week No. 20) — Forget about the , it's Yankees season now.
20. Washington (Last Week No. 21) — If this squad is to make the playoffs, they will have done it on His Airness' will alone. Does the G.O.A.T. have one last push in his middle-aged legs?
19. Golden State (Last Week No. 17) — It's maddeningly fun to observe the bittersweet combo of the offensive explosions and their constant defensive breakdowns.
18. Seattle Sonics (Last Week No. 19) — The Sonics are making a very late playoff push. With and around, they figure there's no reason to be in the LeBron Lottery.
17. Milwaukee (Last Week No. 18) — The are poised to become America's least favorite team since they'll be bumping Jordan's from the final spot in the East.
16. Phoenix (Last Week No. 16) — We could make a lame joke about a rising sun and the last playoff spot, but we'll spare you. At least for today.
15. Boston (Last Week No. 13) — It doesn't bode well that the C's are now allowing more points per game on the season than they have scored.
14. (Last Week No. 11) — The are in a dead heat with the for the last spot out West. Expect to see some favorable calls from the refs since The Godfather would prefer Yao over Steph for the extra face time the playoffs bring.
13. (Last Week No. 14) — With the Final Four coming to town, can take a moment to reflect on his glory days. All 2.4 seconds worth.
12. Orlando (Last Week No. 10) — We give you the right to punch in the face any meathead who says T-Mac can't do it all by himself.
11. (Last Week No. 15) — All hail , savior of the Dysfunctional . Two wins in two games thus far.
10. T-Wolves (Last Week No. 7) — The Mavs delivered a painful reality check to KG and the T-Pups on Sunday. They're still stuck on the outside looking in at the NBA's elite.
9. (Last Week No. 9) — is now 41 years young and he's still better than you.
8. New (Last Week No. 12) — Mt. Mutombo is back just in time to get his wind for the playoffs and to get acquainted with his teammates. Don't worry, he worked hard on the finger wag during his stint on the IL.
7. Portland (Last Week No. 8) — Very quietly, the Blazers are hanging around with the L's 5th best record and no to lead them. Look for some major noise in late April.
6. Philly (Last Week No. 6) — ' two big games are exactly why Larry Brown dealt for him mid-year, correctly anticipating yet another injury to .
5. L.A. (Last Week No. 4) — The drama coming out of Hollywood is always the greatest. This week featured Kobe's double-nickel against MJ and Shaq's ball being defaced. Is the real season here yet?
4. Sacramento (Last Week No. 3) — If you're going to roll over and play dead at the end of a tight game when you're fighting for a better playoff position like the did on Sunday versus (a 15-1 run to close the game, c'mon), you're gonna drop a spot in the Hit List.
3. (Last Week No. 5) — Big ups to for stepping up his game a few notches in the second half of the year. He was clutch yet again with his last-second perfecta trifecta in the win over Atlanta.
2. San Antonio (Last Week No. 2) — Winners of five straight games and counting, the are ready for the playoffs to start immediately. Someone hose down , because the man is on fire.
1. Dallas Mavs (Last Week No. 1) — Riddle me this: if is the best player on the best team in the L, why is he getting absolutely no love for the MVP? Discuss.
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