Of course, despite missing some veterans, the Spurs overcame the Warriors in a close one Thursday night. It’s been a bit of a disappointing season for the Warriors, though they’re certainly not out of the hunt by any means.
It’s just another reminder that the NBA is a zero-sum game. For every Portland there’s a Brooklyn. Nobody rises without someone else falling.
That said, there have been some pretty unexpected risers this season. The Blazers are the obvious one, and the Suns are a big surprise as well, but what about Dallas? The Mavs struck out in their quest for a big-name free agent, having to settle for Monta Ellis and his shot selection. But they’re sitting at 15-11 right now, in seventh in the vicious Western Conference.