How These Contenders Can Dethrone the Spurs
? Ron Artest doesn't do something that draws a suspension or behave in a way that makes Jermaine O'Neal want to strangle him.
? Stephen Jackson and newcomer Sarunas Jasikevicius make the huge last-minute threes in what used to be Miller time.
?Injury-prone 7-footer Jonathan Bender and second-year center David Harrison emerge as forces off the bench.
?Volatile point guard Jason Williams channels Jason Kidd rather than Jason Voorhees (of Friday the 13th).
? Antoine Walker wins the Sixth Man Award after increasing his assists, trimming his turnovers and making more layups than threes.
? Shaquille O'Neal is healthy entering the playoffs, even if that means reducing his minutes during the season and sacrificing home court advantage.