The Eastern Conference has lacked a tiger in the standings to rival the Western Conference show that Golden State (43-7) is putting on. In the West also the Spurs (38-11) keep doing their steady thing, giving both teams more wins than the great but not dominant NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, much to LeBron James’ evident chagrin. But despite the East’s relative mediocrity, James can’t count on going to his 7th straight NBA final without a fight. Two guards could block his way – Isaiah Thomas in Boston and John Wall in Washington. Wall, particularly, is on a roll as the Wizards are 9-1 in their last ten.
People around the NBA are talking about the Wizards’ captain Wall, who’s averaging 23 points and ten assists a game in his seventh year in the league. But Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who notably has coached Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (and who played backup for Allen Iverson in his day), drives home the point when he says: “[Wall) can be a Top 5 player in this league every year.”