That Rajon Rondo admits he doesn't like his opponents isn't a surprise.
At one point, the Boston Celtics were considered a surprise team in the NBA with a first-year coach and a roster full of mostly no-names.
Desperation is abound in the East as there are just a few days left in 2013 and time running out to turn around the season.
Not only are the Boston Celtics better than anyone expected with a first-year coach in Brad Stevens, they're flourishing with Wizards castoff Jordan Crawford as the starting point guard.
Although John Wall is fourth, the first returns of All-Star balloting look favorable for him.