When play resumes next week and clubs begin their pushes for the playoffs, keep your eye on this quintet, which should make headlines for one reason or another.
Add Yao Ming's complementary style and MVP-caliber numbers to the league's No. 1 defense, and the Rockets could make a dark-horse run at the title.
Will the Nuggets ultimately be greater than the sum of their parts? That's up to Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson.
They've continued to play hard despite their lack of talent, but at week's end the league's most-storied franchise had a team-record losing streak of 18 games. Will winning the lottery rights to Greg Oden or Kevin Durant make up for this otherwise lost season?
Will the second-half reunion of Pat Riley, Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade enable the Heat to challenge the Pistons for supremacy in the East? As bad as Miami looked in the first half, a return trip to the NBA Finals is there for the taking.
New York Knicks
At week's end they were just five games behind the division-leading Raptors. It's not unimaginable that the Knicks could win the woeful Atlantic, save Isiah Thomas's job and prevent Chicago from taking Oden with New York's No. 1 pick, which it got in the Eddy Curry trade.