Breaking Down The Atlantic Division

Current Standings:

New York Knicks 38-23

Brooklyn Nets 37-27

Boston Celtics 34-28

Toronto Raptors 25-39

Philadelphia 76ers 24-39

 

The New York Knicks went 2-2 on the week with wins over Detroit and Utah. J.R. Smith had a solid week scoring 36 points in a 95-94 loss to Oklahoma City and 24 points in a win over Utah. It was a challenging schedule with three current Western Conference playoff teams on the docket and the Knicks did not respond well. Brooklyn was having a great week until they entered the Wells Fargo Center Monday night. They had gone 3-1 with wins over Washington, Charlotte and Atlanta. Deron Williams had an impressive 42 points in a dominating win over Washington. As bad as the Nets loss to the Sixers was, their 93-80 win over Atlanta was very impressive. The Celtics took two out of three from playoff teams with wins over Indiana and Atlanta, but suffered a tough loss to Oklahoma City. Avery Bradley had a nice 22 point effort in the win over the Sixers. This team has flourished without Rajon Rondo, mainly because Paul Pierce has stepped up his game.Toronto went 2-2, taking advantage of the two mediocre teams and struggling against potential playoff teams. The positive of the week was the rebounding work of Amir Johnson, who had 16 rebounds against Cleveland and 15 boards against Golden State. The major negative of the Raptors week was Kobe Bryant’s 41 point night against them. Now we get to the Sixers who have been tough to watch, but finally had something go their way M0nday night. The Sixers beat Brooklyn 106-97 last night behind Spencer Hawes 24 points ending a 5 game losing streak. During that streak they had two winnable games in Washington and Orlando that fell short in the last few minutes.

J.R. Smith had a solid week with a 36 and 24 point efforts for the Knicks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York will continue their west coast road trip Wednesday night with a tough match up in Denver. They will have their work cut out for them when they head to the Staples Center for a Sunday afternoon battle with the Clippers. The Nets have a easy schedule coming up with the Hornets and Pistons but do have a playoff caliber home game against the Hawks. The Celtics have gotten through their tough portion of their schedule and are now rewarded with a home and home with the Bobcats and a conference game with the Raptors. Toronto has been a different team since Rudy Gay has entered town so it not will a walk over game. The Gay-Pierce matchup will be fun to watch, but I will take Pierce as it seems he has that determined look in his eye. Tor0nto gets the Bobcats sandwiched between two tough games with the Celtics and Heat. DeMar DeRozan continues to improve and should be able to get his points against the Celtics back court. The Sixers will try to build off their win over Brooklyn with three more home games. Unfortunately  for Philly, two of those are against the Heat and Pacers, who are the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference.

Paul Pierce and the Celtics get to the soft part of their schedule which spells trouble for the Atlantic.

 

Topics: Atlantic Division

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