2010 NBA Playoffs: A Look at the Teams on the Bubble

March 3rd, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
In the month of March, the NBA tends to take a backseat to the ongoing college basketball drama that is March Madness.

It's understandable—with hundreds of college games of utmost importance that make or break teams across the country, the six-month grind that is the NBA schedule can be forgettable for a few weeks.

But for some teams in the NBA, March is the most important month of the year, especially for those trying to solidify their spot in the playoffs.

By my count, nine teams look to be a lock for the postseason: Cleveland, Orlando, Atlanta, and Boston in the East, Los Angeles (Lakers), Dallas, Denver, Utah, and Oklahoma City in the West (that's right, I said the Zombie Sonics over Phoenix and San Antonio. They're a lock. It's time to start believing in them.).

That leaves four open spots in the East and three in the West. Let's take a look at each potential "bubble" team and examine their chances of still being around come mid-April.


Eastern Conference


Toronto Raptors (31-28, Fifth Place)

The Raptors are as close to a lock as any team in the East, b ...

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