I just don't see Miami going that far. It still looks like a 3-man team, they got exposed when Lebron got hurt by losing practically all games w/o him. I mean even when all 3 are healthy, I am still not certain they can beat the top dogs in the East, I don't remember their record but iirc the Clippers has a better record of beating teams that are on top. Same with the Magic, they have been good but when their shots doesn't fall, they just flat out lose even to weaker teams. They still live and die by the 3 and that just isn't consistent enough to me for them to take the East. Outside of the Celtics, CHicago is probably the biggest threat. Rose is an early MVP right now, he is just beasting on everyone and willing his team to win w/o Boozer and Noah. Hawks have slowed down, their slowly winning but they just aren't there. NY is a surprise, they were on a roll there for a second but have been losing too. Either Amare lost his mojo again or this Melo trade talks are affecting the team. Either way, it's not good. Philly isn't impressive at all and with the Bobcats new coach, they might just take that 8th spot. In the West, Spurs is a threat but even Popovich said they are not the best team in the league, they just have the best record and most will agree. Mavs has been losing, even with Nowitzki back. Butler is out for the season and Kidd isn't playing the way he was when they were winning. OKC is very dangerous but very young. Their a real threat to the Lakers but I think the Lakers still got the size advantage with Bynum playing well (and healthy) and Odom playing like an All-Star. They'll still be right there in the mix of things and they are probably the most unpredictable team right now. Hornets are playing real good right now too but they aren't very deep. I'm curious to see how far they can go with the rookie coach, they'll be right there in the 3rd to 4th spot. Utahs been struggling, lost 6 in a row now. Portlands injury prone, even Aldridge is hurt right now so they are practically drained of their starters. And Denver is practically out of the picture once Melo leaves. Not sure how consistent Memphis is, it looks like a good team on paper but they just aren't meshing as well, I think Randolph needs to stop getting the ball too much.