Both the Lakers and LeBron James lived up to the hype with their opening-week performances.
Minnesota and San Antonio are making noise -- and their big stars are fueling the surge.
Lamar Odom kept crashing the boards, but no one rebounded last week quite like Paul Pierce's Celtics.
The Raptors remained unbeaten since their big trade and a Nuggets rookie continued to strike gold.
The Lakers made their loudest statement yet. Also overheard: Rumblings by Mt. Mutombo.