Barring injury or an unforeseen transition, there are five contenders in the Eastern Conference. That includes the John Wall-fueled Washington Wizards, their current two-game slide aside.
It seems like every now and then a pivotal stretch nears for the Wizards, but this one could have season-long implications after Saturday's 120-116 double-overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Marcin Gortat isn't going to be an All-Star for the first time in his eight seasons, but he he'll have an action figure for the first time that will be given out at Saturday's game vs.
Most of the NBA season is complete and the playoff landscape looks favorable some but not others.
John Wall won't have any company at the All-Star Game after no Wizards players were chosen by coaches to be reserves Thursday night, but the Atlanta Hawks had three.