The bottom half of the West playoff chase was always going to be a dogfight, with five or so teams packed in between 42-47 and a couple on the bottom of that missing the playoffs.
What was always going to shape that race? Injuries.
It has already started to happen. I delve into it in this latest PBT Extra.
Rudy Gobert is out for the Jazz as they head into the most brutal part of their schedule. Injuries to three starters are one of the factors in the Clippers dropping six in a row. Meanwhile, down in New Orleans Rajon Rondo is getting healthy, about to add a boost to a Pelican team finding it’s footing.