Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings: Mar. 27
BOSTON — With less than a month's worth of regular season games left, the NBA playoff picture is slowly but surely coming into focus.
There's a clear distinction between those who played well enough to be seriously thinking about an NBA title and those wishing for as many ping-pong balls as possible - Yeah Philly, I'm talking about you!
But in between those two extremes, you have a lot of teams that are in that good, but not-great zone.
And while it's easy to discard those teams as patsies, that would be a mistake.
A big mistake.
The Toronto Raptors are such a team that has played well enough to be in the postseason and likely earn home court through at least the first round, but doesn't appear capable of doing much other than showing up only to get disposed of quickly by a team with more depth (Brooklyn), talent (Miami) or both (Indiana).
"We know we'll be the underdog no matter where we are (seeded)," Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan told CSNNE.com. "But we're hungry to just play and prove we're a better team than a lot of people might think."
Of course, success for them and a lot of other teams will depend heavily on where they finish in the standings.
"We want to finish as high as we can to give ourselves the best chance of winning," DeRozan said. "Like I said, we're a hungry team out to prove we're better than a lot of people think."
And with that, here's this week's NBA power rankings.