Tom Haberstroh writes that while the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder aren't locks to return to the conference finals next season, there are clear steps each can take to improve so that they do make it back.
Tom Haberstroh writes that while the Dallas Mavericks are playing like a championship-caliber team right now, their future beyond this season is not a bright one. As the league's oldest team, they face a daunting rebuilding project after 2011.
Breaking down the Knicks and Nuggets since the deadline tells two very different stories. It's distinctly possible that, in trading away their top two scorers, the Nuggets merely opened themselves up for bigger and better things.
In searching for the latest NBA trends, Kevin Pelton finds Dwight Howard having an off-the-charts month, sees the Cleveland Cavaliers starting to turn things around thanks to Ramon Sessions and discusses the historical impact of deadline deals.