By Jason Wojciechowski on October 16, 2008 at 11:33 PM
Doc Rivers reiterated his claim that the best three teams last year were in the East, pointing out that the bottom of the West guaranteed easy wins. Doc Rivers is, of course, an idiot. Worst record in the league? Miami, 15 wins. Seven teams won less than a third of their games, three in the East, four in the West. Sacramento, the eleventh team out West, would have been in the playoffs in the East. You don't have eight teams with 50 wins in one conference by beating up on four teams at the bottom. You have eight teams with 50 wins by beating up on the other conference: the West went 258-192. (To put that in perspective, that's a better winning percentage than Cleveland's.) Aside from the elite two at the top of the East, who had very good records against the West, there were just two teams who could even manage to crack .500: Cleveland, at 17-13, and Philly, at 15-15. So which teams are fattening up inside their own conference against, Doc?