Divining the West
Regarding the NBA's Western Conference ...
Over the last few days, I've heard (among other things) that the Mavericks will fall out of the top eight; the Hornets are too inexperienced to make the Finals; the Rockets (despite their recent 22-game winning streak), will be a one-round-and-out; and
That sounds about right. But the three words you need to remember about the Western Conference race are these: