Breaking Down The Atlantic Division: 11/29 – 12/4

The Atlantic Division is surely up in the air with each week in this early season. The Knicks continue to sail behind their steady groove on offense, while Brooklyn trails them thanks to their consistency. Boston and Philadelphia are struggling slightly without their star players. The Cetlics are salivating for Rajon Rondo’s return, as Philly is just hoping to find their defensive presence back. Toronto is just a plain mess.

Standings:

  1. Knicks
  2. Nets
  3. Sixers
  4. Celtics
  5. Raptors

Dec 2, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks:  The Knicks remain hot, remaining with a home record of 7-0 thus far. Carmelo Anthony continually lights up the scoreboard every night with his 26.6 points per game, alongside a crafty 6.9 boards to help the front court. New York has yet to show any huge signs of being the sloppy team they were last season behind their fiery offense and stellar play coming from Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.

Nets: Brooklyn has been surging the last few weeks with a nice five-game winning streak over some credible teams such as the Blazers and Knicks. They begin December with two-straight losses against heavyweights in Oklahoma City and Miami, scaling them back to a mediocre squad from the East that’s dying to make some noise. Joe Johnson has upped his game this past week, he’s averaging 15.6 points this season.

Sixers: Philadelphia found themselves in a small rut to begin the month, losing their last two games against Chicago and Minnesota. Their most recent loss to the Wolves was a painful one to watch—the Sixers look sluggish and lost at times. Andrew Bynum’s absence has already been the cancer of this season for Philly, with their current big men not producing as much. Evan Turner has been able to chart some decent scoring nights but he’s not the guy the Sixers should turn to on offense.

Celtics: Boston remains as an up-and-down team in these recent weeks. Rajon Rondo’s suspension clouds over for a bit, but the C’s should be coasting in no time. Boston picked up some nice wins against Oklahoma City last month, but that seems forever ago. Recent losses to Brooklyn and Milwaukee pits the Celtics as a headless mess without their slick point guard.

Raptors: Toronto endured a dreadful six-game losing streak not too long ago. They began the month with a tough 3-point loss to the Nuggets, and the main reason for all of this comes from their terrible defense. The Raps are third-last in points allowed this season and look completely flimsy in their front court at times. Andrea Bargnani, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have all shined on offense but fail to make the stops on the other side to grab some wins for this team.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors

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