The NBA will attain the All-Star break with convention races which are too near name.
In truth, they might be nearer than ever on the league’s showcase occasion.
The Toronto Raptors take a one-recreation lead over Boston within the Japanese Convention into Wednesday, the final full night time of play earlier than every week off. Within the West, the Golden State Warriors’ lead is right down to a half-recreation over the surging Houston Rockets, who’ve gained 9 in a row.
Until these leads develop after these 4 groups play Wednesday, it is going to be the primary time in NBA historical past that each convention leaders are forward by one recreation or much less on the All-Star break, in line with the league.
If Houston beats Sacramento and Golden State loses to Portland, it should additionally imply each All-Star coaches warrant their spots due to their data, as an alternative of the principles.
Toronto’s Dwane Casey, who will coach Group LeBron, and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, who will lead Group Stephen, clinched the teaching positions despite the fact that their groups did not lead the conferences on the cutoff date. Boston’s Brad Stevens and Golden State’s Steve Kerr have been each ineligible as a result of they coached final yr.
However Casey is not celebrating as he heads off to his…