According to the owners, one of their primary motivations in locking out the players this past summer was to correct perceived "competitive imbalances" between the league's teams. So how's that working out? In the Eastern Conference, 7* of the 8 teams that made the playoffs last year are in the top 8 so far this year; in the west, 6 of the 8 teams that made the playoffs last year are in position to do so this season. So what point are we trying to make with this totally specious, small sample size argument? Eh, not much, except that, a few major personnel moves aside, the NBA this year looks a lot like the NBA last year. Which is fine with us. We'll wait a couple years for the revenge of Dan Gilbert to take effect.


*Wait, what's that you say? If the playoffs ended today (which would be really silly since it's only the middle of January, but bear with us), the Cavaliers would be the 8th seed in the East? Just goes to show: DAN GILBERT WILL NOT BE STOPPED!

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