With the Knicks, Celtics, and Nets all in playoff contention, the Atlantic Division is one of the busiest and most interesting in the NBA this season. Here are the latest notes and rumors from around the division:
- Frank Zicarelli of the Toronto Sun writes that the Raptors cannot afford any more setbacks if they are to become playoff contenders going forward.
- Zicarelli also writes that Rudy Gay has taken on a leadership role in Toronto since being traded from the Grizzlies last month.
- Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Andrew Bynum's absence and the uncertainty surrounding his return have been a distraction for the Sixers both this season and as they plan for free agency this summer.