The 2012 NBA playoffs are just days away, and certain teams are looking more prepared than others. If the playoffs started right now, they would probably end much differently than anyone would have anticipated at the beginning of this lockout-shortened season.
The Chicago Bulls are playing some of their best team basketball of the season, while the Miami Heat are struggling right now to find their identity as a championship favorite. The Oklahoma City Thunder are riding their two superstars to the finish line, while the San Antonio Spurs continue to win.
Here are the current contenders ranked by their championship hopes based on their play right now.