As the NBA season approaches its end, teams are playing harder to earn their position in the Championship. The biggest story for a team playing better is, Cleveland Cavaliers. This story is particularly big because having the talent to do all those things has never been the issue in Cleveland. Instead, the source of the Cavs’ woes has been a sense of discomfort, a lack of harmony. But finally, the Cavs looked like they were actually playing as a team for once.
The Spurs won 93-85 on Saturday night in part because Green’s shot broke the last tie and broke the Thunder, but on the whole because the Spurs keep learning more and more about exactly who they can become.
On the other side of the country, Charlotte Hornets have emerged as one of the NBA’s hottest teams, winning six straight through Saturday afternoon. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors remain the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, but the Hornets have joined the likes of the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, and Indiana Pacers as playoff contenders. The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs remain the two best overall teams in the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Clippers are fighting for third and fourth place in the West.
Longtime NBA referee, Joey Crawford, has officiated his last game, unable to return this season after a Dec. 4 knee injury. The 64-year-old Crawford has worked more than 2,500 regular-season games, 374 postseason contests and had 50 Finals appearances over a 39-year span.