At some point, we will have an argument over what seed the Cleveland Cavaliers should want heading into the playoffs. Today, though, they are the number two seed in the East, leaping over the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors after both lost on Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Hawks have a stranglehold on the top seed and are unlikely to relinquish it anytime soon. The Cavs' goal, then, is to simply hold on to the spot they have now. Toronto is now 1-8 in their last nine games, and while their schedule is likely to get easier, they have to start playing better basketball. The Washington Wizards have been struggling for two months now. The Chicago Bulls are down Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, but also have a very easy schedule.
The Cavs schedule eases up after Thursday night. The team travels to Texas to play the Mavericks and Spurs this week, but things get more manageable. Either way, just getting to a point where they are the two seed at all is a big accomplishment. A lot of people wrote this team off in January. How have they responded?
East Standings on Jan. 13: CHI 26-13, WAS 26-12, TOR 25-12, CLE 19-20 Records since: CHI 13-12, WAS 9-16, TOR 13-12, CLE 21-5— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) March 8, 2015
Here are the full standings. The Indiana Pacers have been pretty good lately. I'm not sure I want to play them in the first round. It might be inevitable.
|1||x - Atlanta||49||13||.790||-||29-4||20-9||9-2||32-9||102.4||96.3||+6.1||Lost 1||7-3|
|2||Cleveland||40||25||.615||10 ½||24-9||16-16||6-5||25-13||102.5||98.5||+4.1||Won 1||7-3|
|4||Toronto||38||25||.603||11 ½||21-11||17-14||10-2||26-13||104.4||101.0||+3.4||Lost 3||2-8|
|5||Washington||35||28||.556||14 ½||22-10||13-18||7-6||24-18||98.4||97.9||+0.5||Lost 1||2-8|
|7||Charlotte||28||33||.459||20 ½||15-16||13-17||7-4||21-16||95.3||96.8||-1.5||Won 5||6-4|