Breaking down the playoff races

Quick takes on the playoff races and other NBA storylines (PER Diem: March 25, 2011)

Updated: March 25, 2011, 8:06 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

Editor's note: After this column was published, the New Orleans Hornets announced that David West has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Can the Hornets hang on?