Apr 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to drive around Washington Wizards shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 120-99. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Atlantic Division

Two weeks in a row of this. I guess since I created this weekly post I gotta see this to the end, huh? This week has seen the end of the playoff race, in at least trying to figure out the top 8 teams. Our Sixers finally met their fate on Tuesday. Out of the 8 teams making the playoffs, 3 of them are from the Atlantic division. That’s not bad. I thought the Sixers would make it at the beginning of the season (we all did).

The Knicks continue to streak and peak. They have won 13 straight now and while some would say that they are the best team in the division, they have only the second best record vs other Atlantic teams in the division. In any case, the Knicks have peaked at a good time. As it stands, they would face the Celtics in the first round. *grabs a bowl of cereal* I’m sure that series will be great and fun.

Nets are the team out of the division that has the best record vs the division. I would’ve loved to see the Knicks and Nets battle for New York at some point during the playoffs but unless one of the teams move, they wouldn’t see each other until the conference finals, which is very unlikely. Still, the Nets should make the second round of the playoffs but with that roster, that’s their ceiling. Gerald Wallace went down an injury and has been quoted as not confident at all in his shot. They’ll need him to be a positive factor if they want a chance to make it past round 3.

The Celtics continue to be steady. The contending days may be over but they are still a team that you don’t want to see in the playoffs. Like I said earlier, the Celtics and Knicks seem like they are a lock to meet in the playoffs. The Celtics are a team that doesn’t need home court advantage, especially in a rival series like this. But I gotta go with the Knicks in 6 games.

The Sixers’ joke of a season is finally over. At tis point, the players are probably playing for stats. Jrue Holiday’s game may say that “the season is over and I’m out”. He’s been a wreck during this small losing streak.

Ah, the Raptors. They had a positive second half of the season, actually making noise in the playoff race. Armed with a nice little roster, I actually can see them making the playoffs next season. Like I said last week, they may finish last in the division for the last time this year, if only for one year.

 

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