Quote of the day
"I'm going to take full responsibility for the loss. I made tough decisions down the stretch and I didn't rely on my teammates ... I tried to do things I shouldn't. I thought there was no way we could lose that game. I need to show more trust in my teammates." -- Washington forward Andray Blatche, after the Wizards blew a 4th quarter lead in Houston
We’re getting to that point in the NBA season when teams (real, not fantasy) begin to prep for the playoffs – and when teams on the bubble have to put on a late run. In the NBA east, there are only 9 teams in contention for the eight playoff spots. Four of them have home court pretty well locked up for the first round (not mathematically, but practically). Chicago is currently on the outside looking in, but certainly in contention, only two games behind Toronto in the loss column. In the west, five teams have clinched a spot, while three others are on the doorstep. Home court advantage is still very much in play, however, as only four games separate 2nd through 8th place.
For the top overall seed, Cleveland is in the driver’s seat, with a “magic number” of just 5 to lock up home court throughout the playoffs. Barring a collapse, it looks like the Cavs could have everything in hand prior to their final two games against Orlando and Atlanta.
Now that all of the RIBC drafts are done, I posted a consolidated draft summary. Each league drafted 400 players, but a total of 492 different players were drafted in all leagues combined. Only 332 players were taken in all five leagues.
The Shell Houston Open tees off tomorrow morning. In addition to being the last tournament prior to the Masters, it’s also the final event in the first GuruGolf contest, the March to the Masters. But before looking ahead, I just realized that I neglected to give a shout out to last week’s top best ball team, Bob’s eagles (-44), with a one shot victory. I guess the late finish threw me off my usual timing.