It starts with Bradley Beal, who's separating himselffrom every other player in the eighth-seedsweepstakes. The 25-year-old has rocketed out ofthe All-Star break with 29.4 points, 7.1 assists and2.1 steals. That puts him among the top 15 in points(sixth), dimes (15th) and steals (tied for second).
The Wizards have also found new juice with theirpost-trade-deadline starting group. The quintet of Beal, Tomas Satoransky, Trevor Ariza, JeffGreen and Bobby Portis has a plus-1.6 net rating, which would rank 12th overall on theseason.
Finally, the scheduling gods could be shining on the District at the perfect time. The Wizards, who struggle playing away from home (8-27) and against good teams (11-25 against .500-plusclubs), host eight of their final 14 contests and have the third-lowest remaining opponents'winning percentage (.456), per Tankathon.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the only team cruising at a 60-plus-victory pace (61.5, to be exact), while the Toronto Raptors (57.9), Warriors (56.3) and Nuggets (54.7) are the only other clubsstill in the running for a 60-win season. But the Dubs and Nuggets are all but mathematicallyeliminated from that chase, and the East heavyweights both might prioritize rest over winsdown the stretch.
密尔沃基雄鹿队是唯一一支以超过60胜的速度前进的球队(确切地说，是61.5胜)，而多伦多猛龙队( 57.9胜)、勇士队( 56.3胜)和掘金队( 54.7胜)是为数不多的仍在争夺本赛季60胜的球队，但是勇士和掘金在概率上几乎可以被抹去，而东部重量级球队剩下的比赛则可能优先考虑轮休，而不是赢球
Milwaukee already has a comfy three-game lead atop the East, and Toronto has given noindication it's in all-out pursuit of pole position. The Raptors are busy keeping Kyle Lowry andKawhi Leonard as fresh as possible for the postseason, and they're also navigating aroundSerge Ibaka's suspension.
If Toronto eases up and Milwaukee follows suit, the league-best win total won't make it out ofthe 50s.
The Warriors look exhausted. Every time you think they might perk up, they snooze throughanother stretch.While the All-Star break seemed like a chance to recharge their batteries, theDubs came out of drained as ever. They're only 5-5 since the intermission with a minus-1.3 net rating that slots them in the bottom third.
None of this means Golden State won't win the title or shouldn't be considered the clear favoriteto do so. But it does increase the possibility that the Warriors won't flip a switch until theplayoffs.On a macro level, that's fine. The Warriors' goals don't start until then, anyway. Butfrom a micro view, their grip on a top seed feels tenuous at best.
Young has been on a tear for the better part of two months. Dating back to Jan. 26—a 22-game stretch—he's averaged an absurd 23.5 points, 9.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds whilesplashing 2.8 triples at a 41.3 percent clip."
Luka has had a tremendous year," Young recently told HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy. "He's playedwell all year and done a lot of tremendous things. ... But I think I've had a pretty good year aswell. And with the way I've been playing lately, I think if I continue to play this way, there'sdefinitely a chance that I'll win (Rookie of the Year)."
For the season, Young is up to 18.3 points, 7.8 assists and 1.9 threes per night. If he bumpsthat to 18 points and eight assists, he'd be the third freshman ever to do so. Tack on twotriples, and it would be unprecedented production from a first-year hooper.That still may notbe enough to unseat Doncic, but the gap is close enough to justify a bold prediction onYoung's behalf.
本赛季，杨可以得到18.3分，7.8次助攻，每晚1.9次助攻。如果他能拿下18分和8次助攻，他将是第三个打出这个数据的新秀。Tack on two triples，这是新秀年前所未有的成就，虽然还不足以取代东契奇，但这一差距已经接近，有理由为杨做一个大胆的预测。
What's harder to comprehend is James having his 11-year first-team All-NBA streak snapped.
Last season was one of his best, good enough for his highest finish in the MVP voting since2013-14 (second). Statistically, he's doing almost everything now that he was then. But thecombination of a lengthy layoff after a groin injury on Christmas and the Lakers' likelylottery fate has sucked the life out of James' stat sheet.
The numbers are still impressive—27.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists—but they aren'tenough to get him on the first or second All-NBA teams. Not when Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard all present stronger cases for their individual playand their impact on their respective clubs.
The last time James didn't make first or second-team All-NBA, he was a rookie.