Now that the All-Star Game is a thing of the past, NBA teams are looking forward to the unofficial start of the second half. It will begin with the trade deadline this week, which will surely impact how the playoff race plays out moving forward.
But there’s a whole heck of a lot more to look at when checking in on the top storylines for the second half of the NBA season.
Will the improvements we have seen from the likes of the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics make it more difficult for the Cleveland Cavaliers to repeat as NBA champions? How will the Golden State Warriors continue to gain momentum after a stellar first half of the season?
The backdrop here is even more intriguing than that. Isaiah Thomas has his Celtics playing elite basketball and has to be considered an MVP favorite. Meanwhile, the Los Angels Clippers look to make some noise in what could be the last run for the team’s big three.
These are the top-10 storylines around the NBA as its season enters the unofficial second half.