Through two thirds of the NBA season there have been many storylines from the battle for MVP, trades, injuries and of course the standings and perennial playoff race.
The fact that the Lakers are the best team record-wise in the league certainly backs up Kobe Bryant’s chances for a repeat NBA MVP award.
At the same time it pencils LA into just about everyone’s Finals bracket as the clear-cut representative from the West.
But Lebron James has been right with Kobe the whole way. His game has improved on so many levels that he’s a serious candidate for offensive and defensive player of the year.
Meanwhile his Cavaliers team has been near the top of the Eastern conference throughout. Their trades during the off-season have worked wonders and they could take Boston’s spot in the Finals.
The Celtics meanwhile may not have done much additions in the off-season or have someone that could legitimately challenge for the MVP award but they’ve quietly kept pace as among the best in the East.
They’re way out in front in the Atlantic division and all but have a playoff spot wrapped up. The question now is which hungry and underachieving squad they have to face in the first round this year.
Over in the West the run towards the playoffs has always reaped wild finishes. This year seems no different.
For sure one winning team will not make the playoffs and with the way they’re playing that could be either the Phoenix Suns or Dallas Mavericks.
Ultimately there’s so much left to find out this NBA season and fans should enjoy watching the drama unfold this spring.