Breaking down the East playoff race

East teams that could crash the Chicago-Miami party (PER Diem: Feb. 27, 2012)

Updated: February 28, 2012, 10:25 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

It's time to look ahead to the second half of the season, and for once we mean that literally.

In past seasons the All-Star break has actually been at around the two-thirds mark of the season, leaving just a final push to the finish line between the dead Monday after the All-Star Game and the playoffs.