With the season winding down, the annual NBA playoff race is in full swing in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. No doubt that it'll be a tight one, especially considering there's ony a few games between the 4th and 9th seeds.
But in the midst of all the chaos, two separate big-market cities have been eliminated during the same season for the first time since 1986: Los Angeles and New York. This means that for over 30 years, either the Knicks, Clippers, or Lakers made the playoffs at least once.
For the Clips, their post-season elimination means they can no longer avoid their inevitable rebuild. After what most considered a shockingly fantastic year, the Clips decided to go a new direction by trading away Blake Griffin to the Pistons. While it was a change long overdue, it also meant they had to virtually give up on this season.
For the Lakers, not making the playoffs this year isn't exactly a huge shocker. Still, with a decent record and plenty of improving young talent, there's plenty of reason for optimism.
And for the Knicks, nobody really knows what's going on with them. No doubt, they've got some potential... but their ceiling is how high Kristaps Porzingis can take them. And since he's still working his way back from a torn ACL, there's no telling where that will be.
Regardless, it seems obvious that we've reached a very strange and new era in NBA basketball. If there's anything we've learned from history, though, it's that it probably won't last for too long.