There's the Cavs and there's everyone else ... right?
Like the Lakers in the West, the Cavs are way ahead of the competition in the East standings. And if anything, there are fewer teams that can even dream of challenging Cleveland. Toronto, Miami, Milwaukee ... please. And yet, I suspect LeBron will have a tougher time reaching the Finals than Kobe will. That's because a second-round matchup with the Celtics' old warriors, if it happens, won't be a breeze. Then the Magic loom as a spoiler, the same role they played last year. Orlando can beat anyone in a seven-game series. -- John Galinsky, FOXSports.com NBA editor
Ted Leonsis wants to buy this?
Unless something changes, the Wizards' best players next season will be Gilbert Arenas, who's going to spend a month of his offseason in a halfway house, and Andray Blatche, who just blew off his coach and refused to re-enter a game this week. (And let's not forget proud pothead Josh Howard, who may miss the start of the season after ACL surgery.) New ownership isn't going to help a franchise full of knuckleheads that gets more dysfunctional by the day. -- John Galinsky, FOXSports.com NBA editor
What's Amar'e really worth?
The Suns have always been smart to deny Amar'e Stoudemire's wish for a max contract. He's not that good a player. But as he tears up the league, averaging nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds this month, his market value is surely increasing. Miami or Chicago could really use him and may overpay to get him. If so, the Suns will be without a dominant big man for Steve Nash's final years. In other words, they might want to up their offer.
The Grizzlies deserve better
It's not quite fair for the sub-.500 and freefalling Raptors to make the playoffs while a perfectly good team like Memphis goes nowhere, except Secaucus for the draft lottery. But that's what happens when the conferences aren't balanced. The East has four strong teams this season -- no, we're not sold on the Bucks yet -- and the West has eight. The Grizzlies are a perfect example of the disparity. They're 18-9 against the East, 20-25 vs. the West.
There's the Lakers and there's everyone else
Let's face it. There are a lot of good teams in the West. And yet the Lakers, even though they seem to be coasting through the regular season, even though they fell flat in OKC on Friday, are running away with the conference. Is there any good reason to think any of the other Western teams can beat them in a seven-game series? Or are we just kidding ourselves?