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As we approach the last two weeks of the NBA regular season, we are starting to see major storylines develop. Over the years, no part of the regular season has been more exciting than the closing weeks, where over half of the league fights for a playoff spot, a higher seeding, and/or sometimes, strategically rests to avoid a particular bad match-up.
In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat have locked in the top seed (seems like this was done months ago), and most fans are left wondering who will fall into the 8th and final seed heading into the playoffs. The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics aren’t necessarily safe from a first-round match-up with the defending champion Heat just yet, but one question does stir the pot a bit: are there a couple of teams who would rather play Miami right off the bat? After all, it was Chicago who ended the Heat’s 27-game winning streak just nights ago, a Bulls squad that tackled the record-seeking Miami team without Derrick Rose (who has been out all season long), Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli or Rip Hamilton.
Boston nearly tripped the Heat during the streak as well, and may have succeeded with Kevin Garnett in the lineup (who missed the game due to injury). Jeff Green played like a man possessed that night, and LeBron James and Co. needed a 17-point comeback to eventually disarm the Celtics.
Sneaking back into contention are the New York Knicks, who are currently on a nine-game winning streak, finally regaining the second seed after overlapping the Indiana Pacers, who are also running a win streak of their own (five games).
The NBA Playoff Push: Final 2 Weeks
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