Pivot Points: Has the Balance of Power in the NBA Tilted To the East?

December 9th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
For the past decade the balance of power in the NBA has been firmly rooted in the Western Conference. Western teams have captured six championships and have had more teams with winning records than the East.

If not for the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Detroit Pistons, the Eastern Conference would have been shut out as far as championships go this entire decade.

The emergence of the Atlanta Hawks, coupled with the sustained success of the Orlando Magic, Celtics, and Cleveland Cavaliers have fans in the east pounding their chests and proclaiming the dawn of a new day in the NBA.

There are many observers that feel the mantle of power has been passed, and that the Eastern Conference has usurped their perennially more powerful twins from the west as the top conference in the league.

I would say to those people that a casual tapping of their brakes may be in order, because even with injuries robbing the Western Conference of important players, the power structure remains intact.

Consider that when you combine the records of the top four teams from each conference the Eastern conference holds a slight edge at 63-20, to 62-23 f ...

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