The 2010-'11 season was supposed to be a year to remember. The implications and the story lines were prominent in just about every city from Miami's big three on the East Coast to the Los Angeles Lakers run at a three-peat on the West Coast. When the season actually started, the watchful eyes of the NBA's faithful all focused on Miami where they struggled to get off the ground as they started off winning only 9 of their first 17 games.
When they began to win, the attention then shifted towards Los Angeles where both teams received national attention. In Clippers town, rookie Blake Griffin was putting on a show every night with his high-flying acrobatics and top-ten worthy alley-oops while also making the Clippers a team that was actually fun to watch. The Lakers on the other hand struggled at the end of December as the team was under scrutiny from inside and outside of the organization.
While the Lakers struggled for two weeks and the Heat won for nearly a month straight, the San Antonio Spurs were flying under the radar as the best statistical team in the NBA at 34-6. They won 23 of their first 26 games, as the ageless wonders Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan lead the team to another future championship run. The big three in San Antonio was outshining every trio from Miami to Boston to Chicago.
Now that we're halfway through the season, we can gauge just how well these teams have done in the first half of the year and just how well they will possibly play in the second half. While anything can happen on any given night, it has become clear just how many teams are most likely going to contend for the title a few months from now. As we look to San Antonio, Boston, Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, and a few other teams contending, we also look to Minnesota, the Clippers, and Golden State and just how well they will play in the future.
The first half of the NBA has been a good preview of what is to possibly come in the next few months. We also need to learn to appreciate while we can until the possibility of a lockout next season. For now though, the first half has without a doubt entertained us as we look to see just how well each NBA team has performed thus far. From South Beach success to trouble in Cleveland, each team has had something worth noting and worth mentioning.