From the Houston Rockets topping the South-West division of the NBA, to the Boston Celtics taking over in the Atlantic Division, there’s been some sort of power shift in the NBA.
This is not to say that the usual suspects in the likes of Cleveland Cavs, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs have not been as good as they used to be. It is just that a couple of new names have stepped out from the shadows of others and are now running the show singlehandedly.
Surprisingly enough the Celtics and the Rockets are the two teams topping the Eastern and Western Conference. That’s how dominant they’ve been in the regular season. The Celtics are 24 – 7 while the Rockets, 23 – 4 have lost the lowest number of games in the whole franchise.
Talking about streaks, the Houston Rockets is currently on a 12-game winning streak, something which has helped them to top the Western Conference. Closely followed on the table is Golden State Warriors’ 8-game winning streak while the Phoenix Suns are currently on a 5-game losing streak.
Switching over to the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls, although currently placed 14th in the conference, are currently on a 5-game winning streak while the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost just once in their last 10 games.
Looking at how far we’ve come this season, the stats confirm the power shift in the NBA. While it a usual suspect in Golden State Warriors who leads on almost all the stat boards (Points Per Game, Rebounds Per Game, Assists Per Game, Blocks Per Game, Three Point Percentage), the Houston Rockets have also appeared close to the top on all these stats boards.
While Russell Westbrook has continued to pile up the triple doubles, James Harden and Kyrie Irving have been the star names of the season. James Harden has scored 850 points so far this season, the most by any player while Kyrie Irving’s “twists and turns” have opened up space for the Celtics to enjoy themselves.
The Play-offs Finals is still a long way off. The All-Star weekend will take centre-stage early next year before the boys get separated from the men. The likes of Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have showed all that they haven’t slowed down one bit and will be vying for yet another spot in the finals.
But Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics, with the way they’re playing, have also shown interest in competing for a shot at glory. It may be too early to talk about the Play-offs but there’s been a subtle power shift in the NBA, subtle but strong enough to decide which two teams will be featuring in the Play-off Finals next year.
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