The NBA's East is loaded at the top, and might stay that way
January 1, 2020
The West is used to being loaded at the top.
The East, not so much.
But a new year is arriving with a new look in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The league will wake up on Wednesday — the first day of 2020 — with six teams with winning percentages of .600 or better, the first time that's been the case on New Year's Day since 1998.
"This is a tough part of the country, a tough part of our league," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.
He didn't say "finally," but he could have.
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