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We are halfway through the NBA season and it has been an intense one. We have been treated to some truly memorable storylines and the matchups haven’t disappointed. We have also learned quite a lot these last few months and that is exactly what we’ll be talking about today.
One of the things we have learned is that the Cleveland Cavaliers do not really have any competition in the East. They have easily dispatched with most of their Eastern Conference rivals, even though Kyrie Irving didn’t play for bigger part of the season so far. Now that he’s back, the Cavs are a lock to make another trip to the Finals.
Unfortunately for them, that is where they will meet either the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs, both teams that have dominated this season almost brutally so far. Quite simply put, the Warriors and the Spurs are in a class of their own, even when you include LeBron’s Cavs. Both of these Western Conference teams have demolished rivals in the first part of the season, displaying a level of play that no one else can match. If neither of these two wins it all later this year, it will be the surprise of the century.
We have also learned that East is better this year. In the first month or so, it actually seemed that the East was a better conference this year. As time went by, Western teams started to wake up and it can be said with confidence that the top 4 teams in the West would destroy anyone in the East, apart from the Cavs. Perhaps.
Another thing we have learned this season is that the old-timers can still ball with the best. Dirk Nowitzki is having a monster year and Tim Duncan is quietly doing his thing. Even Tony Parker is back from a slump he was in last year. We have also learned that the Russell Westbrook – Kevin Durant duo is the best in the league. They are just insanely good. They are putting up ridiculous numbers every night and every time they get at least some support from the rest of the Thunder team, they cannot lose.
Rick Carlisle has also proven once more that he can win with pretty much any roster you hand him. The stuff his objectively limited Dallas Mavericks have been doing this year is simply amazing. Finally, we have learned that we have at least two major talent rookies this year – Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. These young men are here to stay and they are here to dominate in the years to come.
Bring on the second half!