2016-17 NBA Regular Season Approaches Climax with Fireworks
The completion of the 2016-17 NBA regular season is upon us and there is still plenty to be decided. Only recently, the teams received a well-deserved break in order to go through the numbers once again. After having picked up action from April 4, the last few days in the tournament have been quite hectic. Here is a rundown for the play-off chases.
Cleveland Cavaliers have been able to get a much-deserved lead in the Eastern conference. Even though Boston Celtics also have the same 51-29 record, they are not seen as one of the teams capable of stopping the Eastern Conference. Toronto Raptors are at 50-31. Boston Celtics might have been able to top the table, but the 114-91 loss against Cleveland has proved to be a mighty blow. The team suffered a second consecutive defeat against Atlanta Hawks before recovering with a 121-114 result against Charlotte Hornets.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ moment had been building quite nicely with four consecutive wins before the 114-100 loss against Atlanta Hawks. It will be a worse time for the loss, as they head into the games against Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
Golden State Warriors have been able to build on the spectacular run with wins over Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, and New Orleans Pelicans. They have now managed 14 consecutive wins. As a result, they posess an incredible 66-14 record and they are actually the favourites to win the final.
San Antonio Spurs appear to have lost the momentum following an incredible campaign. The loss against LA Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers places them at a significant disadvantage going into the games against Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz. Since San Antonio have wrapped up the second spot, that is significantly less pressure on the team. Yet, building momentum for the play-offs will be key for the team.
Washington Wizards Are Doing Great
Washington Wizards are having one of their best years in the last 20 seasons. One could say it's all because Scott Brooks, their new coach. You can also say that Otto Porter ranks second in the NBA in 3-point percentage. On the same note, Marcin Gortat averages a double-double. All of these are factors. Yet they are excelling because their two best players have been there, on the field, most of the season. It's totally new territory for them and they are prepared to go hard since topping the Southeast Division is not easy.
However, one of the most important problems all teams face is the schedule. Sometimes you can't win all the games. Coaches talk about this all the time - they can't look at the schedule to see matches where they know the guys are going to be tired, or in an excellent form. Maybe someone tweaked his ankle the night before. Everything is unpredictable.
For instance, the Dubs were recently in the midst of a tough patch speaking in geographical terms. In March, they went on a 9-day East coast trip to D.C., Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. Then they took a flight home immediately after for a single game against the Celtics at Oracle Arena, and they were back on the road for back-to-back matches against Spurs and Minnesota.
What Matters Most At The End Of The NBA Regular Season?
Basketball players use wearable technology to monitor stress and fitness levels starting during the training camp and then throughout the whole season. For instance, in the 2016-17 NBA Regular Season, half of the teams have been using Catapult monitors. Others use Viper pods to assess performance.
In addition to this, modified diets and biochambers help players sleep better. Teams always hook their players to such devices in hotels and on planes. Recovery is the most important asset they have, and it must be done perfectly.
Since the regular season is going to an end, and playoffs are coming up, stress levels are really up and the teams who will win must manage these levels correctly.