22 NBA teams are in the bubble. But what about the other 8?
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Dallas Mavericks are tied for third in the Western Conference with a 6-3 record. They are a young team with a very bright future and they happen to be an absolute joy to watch. With teams like the Pelicans, Warriors, and Kings all struggling in the early stages of the season, Dallas has a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.
There’s a certain resiliency in New Orleans. There has to be, in a city so decimated by mother nature that locals and transplants alike still refer to places as “pre-Katrina” and “post-Katrina.” Reminders of the chaos come no bigger than the Superdome, home to tens of thousands during Hurricane Katrina. And in its shadow, the Smoothie King Center, home to the New Orleans Pelicans.