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NBA10 major playoff seats key battle list 2 Rockets who is the 8th in the West

NBA10 major playoff seats key battle list 2 Rockets who is the 8th in the West

NBA10majorplayoffseatskeybattlelist2RocketswhoistheeighthintheWest
OnMarch9th,Beijingtime,accordingtothe”OpenStand”report,itismorethanamonthbeforetheofficialstartofthe2015NBAplayoffs,andthefinalseatsintheplayoffswillbedecidedwithinthistime.Thefollowingdoublebedsarethe10gamesthatwillchangeseatsintheplayoffsfortheremainderoftheregularseason.(Note:ThefollowingtimeistemporarilyBeijingtime)Eachofthe10gamesmayaffectthefinalplayoffranking1)RocketsVSTrailBlazers(March12)Thefirstroundoftheplayoffslastyear,Lillard’sthreeSplitlorehelpstheBlazerssuccessfullyeliminatetheRocketsin6games.Inordertostrengthenthedefense,theRocketssignedArizaintheoffseasonlastyear,andhavewonCoreyBrewerandJoshSmithsuccessivelythisseason.  Intheend,theRocketshaverisenfromthe12thplacelastseasontothe5thplaceonthedefenseefficiencylist.ButtheBlazers’progressatthisendismoreobvious,theyjumpedfrom16thto3rdlastseason.  Inthisgame,bothsidesareexpectedtobetested.TheBlazerswilltrytolimitJamesHarden,andtheRocketsmustdealwiththedoubleGermancombination(Lillard+Adelaide).Infact,bothteamswillbeatthecorelevelofplayers,theTrailBlazersstartinggatheringguardMatthewsunfortunatelyreimbursedforAchillestendoninjury,RocketscenterDwightHowardisstillrecovering.2)RocketsVsClippers(March16)Thetwopreviousgamesbetweenthetwosidesthisseason,theClippersbothwonbytwomargins,butinthethirdmatch,theClipperscrashedatthelastmomentofthegame.RelyingonCoreyBrewer’s20points(13pointsfromthefourthquarter)andtheteam’s17three-pointers,theRocketswon110-105.  Thisiswhatthey(theRockets)needmetodoaftertheybringmein:tocomeoffthebenchandshowtheirenergy.InBrewer’spost-gamespace,Icanescape,Icanparticipateinfastbreaks,Icanalsodefend,aslongasitcanhelptheteamwin,Iamwillingtodoit.  Inthefourthmatchoftheseasonbetweenthetwoteams,theClipperscorepowerforwardGriffinshouldbeabletoreturnfrominjury.IftheRocketsHowardisnotavailable,thentheyneedotherdefendersinsidetotrytolimitGriffin.3)HawksVsWarriors(March19)Ifthedatadoesnotlie,thisgamewillbeapreviewoftheNBAFinalsthisyear.Asofnow,theWarriorsandEaglesarerankedfirstintheWestandEast,andtheirgoalpointsper100roundsarealsorankedfirstandsecondintheleague.  Inthefirstmatchoftheseason,thetwoteamsexperiencedabalancedoffense,andtheEaglesdefeatedtheWarriors124-116.Inthisgame,theEagleshave7playersinadouble-double.  Itisapitythattherewasnonationallivebroadcastofthisgameatthattime,butfortunately,ESPNhasmadecorrectionsintimeandwillconductanationallivebroadcastofthetwoteamsinthesecondroundoftheseason.4)RaptorsVsBulls(March21)Currently,theBullsandRaptorsaresecondandfourthintheEast,respectively,andbothteamsarefacingdifferentproblems.  TheBullsarestilltrappedbyinjuries,andtheirtwobackcourtveteransDerekRoseandJimmyButlerareinastateofinjury,butbothareexpectedtoreturnbeforetheendoftheregularseason.  TheRaptors’problemsarenoteasytodiagnose.Afterwinning37ofthefirst54gamesoftheseason,theylost7ofthelast8games,including98-103lossestotheEasternConferenceKnicks.AlthoughthisisnottheendoftheworldfortheRaptors,theirperformancehasnotmetexternalexpectations.  Ifthepowerfulknightfinallylocksthesecondplaceintheeast,thentheBullsandRaptorswillcompeteforthethirdplace.5)MavericksVsSpurs(March28)TheMavericks’recentperformanceisrunning.Theyhavelost4ofthelast5games.TheyarecurrentlyrankedsixthintheWestwith40winsand24losses,leadingonlytheseventhSpurs0.5wins.  Youknow,thedifferencebetweenrankingsixthandseventhintheWestcanbeveryimportant.RankedsixthmeansthatyoumayavoidtheWarriorsorGrizzliesinthefirstroundoftheplayoffs,orfacetheBlazersfacingWesleyMatthewsortheRocketsthatHowardcannotreach100%.6)ThundervsSun(March30)PerhapssomepeoplearemoreoptimisticabouttheThunder’sabilitytolocktheeighthpositionintheWest,buttheSunsarenotyetreadytosurrender,buttheirperformancehasnotbeensatisfactoryinrecenttimes.SinceFebruary1,theSunshaveonlywon5-10.  Onthefinaldayofthisyear’sNBAtrade,theSunssentconsecutivereplacementsforthemaincontrolguardDragyseasonandThomasJr.andgotBrandonKnight.  AlthoughthisisnotacontradictionthatposesathreattotheThunderintheWesternConferencerankings,iftheycanwinthegameonMarch30,itmayleavetheSunssuspenseintheeighthWesternConference.7)BullVsCavaliers(April6)Aboutthegame,theBullsandtheCavalierswillcompeteforthetopspotintheCentralDivision;bettersaid,thismaybeapreviewoftheEasternConferencefinals.  TheCavaliershavewoninthefirsttwomatchesoftheseason,butJimmyButlerandJoakimNoahhavemissedthosetwogamesrespectively.BeforetheAll-Starbreak,theBullspulledbacktoacityanddefeatedtheCavaliers113-98.However,CavalierspowerforwardKevinLovemissedthegame.  AlthoughtheBullshaveoutsidedefendersandcertainhandsthatcanchallengetheCavaliers,theonlyquestioniswhethertheycanhaveafullstepagainsttheCavaliers.JudgingfromthecurrentinjuryreportsonRossandButler,theymaybeusheringinthereturnofoneoftheminthegameonApril6,anditwouldbebetterifbothofthemcouldreturn.8)HornetsVsHeat(April8)  AlthoughjudgingfromthecurrentrankingoftheEasternConference,theseventhandeighthstillhavesuspense.Butdon’tforgetthatthePacershavebeenoneofthehottestteamsintheleaguesinceFebruary1,andtheymaybewelcomingtwo-timeAll-StarPaulGeorgeinthemiddleofthismonth.  IfthereisonlyoneseatleftintheEasternConferenceplayoffs,therewillbeafiercebattlebetweentheHeatandtheHornets.TheHornetshavewonfiveofthelastsixgames,andtheirstartingpointguardKembaWalkerisclosetoreturning;althoughtheHeat’scorepowerforwardChrisBoshisreimbursedfortheseasonofillness,theyformedthemostintheleague.Oneofthetalentedbackcourts-Wade+Dragic.  TheHornetsscored2winsand1lossinthefirstthreematchesoftheseason,butinthelasttwomatches,thematchwasdecidedwithinthelastminute.Ibelievethefourthmatchbetweenthetwosideswillbeveryintense.9)SpursVsThunder(April8)  Althoughbothteamshavesufferedinjuriesandinstabilitythisseason,noonewillexcludethemfromthisfight.  TheThunderhaveKevinDurant,theMVPoftheregularseasonlastseason,andWestbrook,whohasrecentlybecomeahotMVPthisseason.SinceFebruary1,WeiShaohasaveraged33.3points,10assistsand9.Withfiverebounds,theThunderdefeatedtheSpurs114-106withhis34pointsintheChristmasWarlastyear.  TheThunder’sathleticabilitycanposeathreattotheother29teams,andinthepastsixregularseasongamesagainsttheSpurs,theThunderhavewon.  Butasthesayinggoes:Gingerisstilloldandspicy!Whenthechallengeescalates,theSpursalwaysplaythebestbasketball.Sofarthisseason,theyhavewontheEagles,Cavaliers,WarriorsandGrizzlies.  Puttingasidetheplayoffrankingfactors,thecollisionoftwoverydifferentstylesisitselfahighlightofthisgame.10)WarriorsVsGrizzlies(April14)  Thiswillbethelastmatchbetweenthetwoteamsintheregularseasonofthisseason,anditmayevendecidewhowillhavehomeadvantageintheplayoffs.  TheGrizzlieswon105-98intheirfirstmatchoftheseason.Inthesecondquarterofthatgame,theGrizzliesplayedawaveof20-0.  AccordingtoESPNstatistics,whenStephenCurrywasinthegame,theWarriorsnettedtheGrizzliesby16pointsandshot47.4%;butwhenCurrywasnotonthecourt,theWarriorsshotonly15.8%.  RegardingthegameonApril14,ifthiswillaffectthenumberonepositionintheWest,thentheWarriorsmustfindawaytowinoutsideCurry.(Rosen)