SOMETHING TO PLAY FOR
BOSTON — With most of the playoff spots already secured, games this time of year are more about jockeying for position along with fine-tuning a few things for the postseason.
And for the playoff-deprived bunch, finishing strong with some momentum going into the offseason is the goal.
But it's also a time for those players who have had strong seasons, to leave a lasting impression on the voters who will be making choices for accolades.
For the first time in years, the Boston Celtics have very few candidates for honors other than Avery Bradley as an all-NBA defender, Kelly Olynyk as a member of the NBA's All-rookie team and possibly fellow rookie Phil Pressey although he appears to be a long shot at this point.
As much as the winners are chosen in large part because of the stats they put up, what usually gets them in the running has to do with letters; specifically W-I-N-S.
When players do that a lot AND they put up decent numbers, a little hardware may in fact be coming their way.
And that of course is determined by how you play. And as we have seen of late, there has been very little movement for teams near the top and bottom of the NBA standings.
And with a week remaining in the regular season, that's unlikely to change.
Now the mind's of some voters?
That's a different story.
Here's this week's power rankings...