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The Philadelphia 76ers added Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris since the start of the season, and still can’t beat the Boston Celtics.
OK, that may be a bit harsh. But the Celtics are 3-0 vs. the Sixers this season. That means they own the tiebreaker. The Celtics’ latest win came Tuesday in Philly — without Kyrie Irving.
Currently, the Celtics and Sixers have identical records (36-21). If the playoffs were to start today, Boston would be the No. 4 seed in the East, Philly the fifth. What a first-round matchup that would be — or any round for that matter.
Then there’s the first-place Milwaukee Bucks. Along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, they sport the ultimate “second option” in Khris Middleton. They are flourishing as a “system team” under Mike Budenholzer. They also added Nikola Mirotic, an underrated stretch forward, at the trade deadline.
In second place? The Toronto Raptors. They made another massive deal at the deadline, bringing in Marc Gasol. He has looked good off the bench. They want to get to the Finals and keep Kawhi Leonard. Dare to dream if you’re the Raptors.
Finally, the Indiana Pacers are in third place. They lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo for the season to injury. No one appears to be giving them a real chance anymore. Do you?
So, who emerges from the East now that most major roster moves have been made? Let us know in the poll below and leave your comments in section at the bottom of this post.