As the seasons final week begins with just 55 games left the Celtics are at the top in 1st place.
Some teams are probably ready to get to the playoffs. Others probably want more time to establish themselves or to climb further up the standings. For instance, Kevin Durant has played just six games with the Phoenix Suns. LeBron James has been back from injury for just four. With how well they’re playing, the Chicago Bulls might want more time to get a better Play-In Tournament spot. The Knicks, Grizzlies and Clippers want to have Julius Randle, Steven Adams and Paul George back in uniform.
The regular season ends Sunday, the Play-In Tournament takes place next week, and the playoffs begin Saturday, April 15. That’s just 12 days away, maybe too soon, maybe not soon enough.