Sometimes, the margins between success and failure are thin. Success can be subjective and that can be the case in the NBA, too.
Some races have a photo finish. You may win by half an inch – that’s fine. You still won. Nobody is going to remember the extent to which you did so.
The same holds true in the NBA. Sometimes, the difference between playoff seeding is only a couple of games. All told, it doesn’t matter – you either make the playoffs or you don’t.
For example, the 13-12 Toronto Raptors haven’t won so many more games than the 10-14 Chicago Bulls.
Yet, if the season ended today, the Raptors would make the playoffs – and the Bulls wouldn’t even make the play-in tournament.
Could the two sides make a trade this season?