Why would any bad teams deviate from their plan in order to compete in a tournament that gives them, as a prize, the low playoff seed and first-round whooping they decided, before the season even started, not to chase?
The abridged first week after the All-Star break always marks a transition but it will be different this year with the trade deadline already complete.
On Ryan Anderson, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Gay and Paul Millsap and what their play will indicate about their teams down the stretch.
On why Blake Griffin, Tomas Satoransky, Bam Adebayo and Joe Prunty will be important to watch.
Two young men talented enough, and bold enough in their vision, have exercise their indifference to the traditions that each of these legends have wrought.