Splendidly and unexpectedly, this season has been characterized by a jubilant disregard for the facts and nearly the entire league giving themselves over to the joy of figuring out just how good they can be, no matter if that's good enough.
This will be a fun League Pass week because there are a ton of East vs. West matchups which only happen twice per season. That will be highlighted by Damian Lillard facing John Wall, Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker in the same week while Pacers center Myles Turner gets Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gobert.
While Bryan Colangelo inherited a rebuilding franchise with a loaded asset base, Sean Marks and the Nets are a case study in how to rebuild when you have next to nothing.
Amid Indiana's relative struggle, Paul George is his most efficient self; the addition of several offensive-minded players has removed the ball from his hands. But subtle signs of decline may be creeping into the frame.
With the ongoing excellence of Jimmy Butler and some tinkering with the starting lineup, the Bulls can quickly move back into the top half of the Eastern Conference.