1530East vs. West again
- Nov 27, 2002OK, JohnH's column said that not much surprised him this year. I
would tend to agree that this season hasn't been a tremendous
surprise. But one big classification of the season does surprise me -
- how mediocre the west has looked. Portland, the Clippers, the
Spurs, the T'Wolves, the Grizzlies have collectively not held up
their end of the bargain. I believe every single Western playoff
team last year had a winning or 0.500 record against the East last
year. A lot of Western teams have been surprising losers so far this
So Why? Why did this happen? No major West to East talent swaps
were made. Vin Baker certainly does not count. Basically, there was
some reshuffling within conferences with a bit of talent going to New
Jersey. Teams have mostly gotten better with about the same talent.
Is this the effect of the zone, which is vastly more important this
year? Is Western offensive talent more susceptible to getting beat
by zones? Does the zone significantly help those eastern teams which
are generally not as quick as the western teams?
I'm brainstorming here and probably feeding a column for JohnH.
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