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NBA trends: Is the East closing the gap?

NBA trends: Is the East closing the gap?

News and notes around the NBA:


East or West?

The Golden State Warriors are the best team in basketball — and the San Antonio Spurs aren't far behind. But the Western Conference's recent history of dominance over the East might be coming to an end. While it's early in the season, the initial returns show 12 Eastern teams with winning or .500 records through Thursday's games; only nine teams can make that claim in the West.

Last season, three Eastern Conference teams made the playoffs without winning records (Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets), while the Oklahoma City Thunder missed out entirely...