With just under six games remaining in the NBA season the playoff field is nearly set. Former Cats all over the association are jockeying to get their teams in or to move up in the standings and grab home court. Which former Cats have a chance to make a run for the Larry O’Brien trophy? Here’s your list of Cats who could be playing on into the summer:
Patrick Patterson & Chuck Hayes, Nazr Mohammed, and John Wall will all have their teams in the playoffs but the question remains who will have home court? Mohammed and the Bulls currently hold the 3rd spot followed by the Raptors (1 game back) then the Wizards (2 games out of 3rd). Chicago only has 2 games remaining against teams likely to make the playoffs and Derek Rose could be back tomorrow night. The Wizards have 4 games remaining against teams that are in the playoff race and Toronto will play all teams on the fringe. It’s going to be a photo finish for the 2 remaining home court seeds in the East.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has some work to do if the Hornets are going to slide in and steal the 8th seed. Charlotte is currently 1.5 games out of 8th place and will battle Broklyn, Boston, Indiana, and Miami for the final two spots. James Young of the Celtics was sent back to the D-League last month where his Maine Red Claws landed the top seed in the developmental playoffs. Could he get a call back to the main roster if the Cs make it into the dance?
Lots of former Cats in the east have plenty at stake as the regular season winds to a close. However, it’s hard to see any of the teams besting the Cavs or Hawks in a 7 game series.
Terrence Jones returned last week after a partially collapsed lung left him sidelined and helped lead the Rockets to three straight wins. The Rockets cling to the 2 seed but the Grizzles and Clippers are right behind. If H-town could hold on Jones’ team has a legitimate chance to win the West and vie for an NBA championship.
Rajon Rondo and the Mavs continue their skid, losing 6 of their last 10, and sliding into the 7th seed in the West. With a 4 game lead over 8th place, Dallas should be safe to stay in but it’s not looking like they have the chemistry to make any noise in the playoffs.
Enes Kanter and Anthony Davis are in battle for the final seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder are currently holding the 8 seed but the Pelicans are just half a game behind them. New Orleans has the tougher schedule remaining while OKC may be folding it up since Durant won’t be returning this season. Oklahoma City is currently getting destroyed by the Spurs and New Orleans is down against Golden State. This looks like one chase that will end as a photo finish.
Which former Cat will you be following as the NBA playoffs get underway?