The Cavaliers’ decision to fire head coach David Blatt challenges the current power structure of the Eastern Conference. 

By Jeremy Woo
January 25, 2016

If the well-documented exit of David Blatt from Cleveland didn’t make it clear enough, the drama has begun to crest in a compelling season, and it’s not letting up anytime soon. The Cavaliers’ internal crisis has blown the door off the hinges in the East, where 12 of 15 teams continue to fight for playoff position and the scalding Raptors sit just two games back; the Bulls, Heat and Pacers are also all at crossroads. Who wants to make these odds?

Look across the country, and the league’s two undisputed heavyweights meet in the Bay on Monday night. And though talk of a deflated West dominated the early discourse, six of the same eight playoff teams sit pretty at the moment. And speaking of great theater, for all their eccentricities, the Sacramento Kings are hanging onto the final seed.

Look ahead two weeks, and there’s All-Star Weekend. With the trade market still somewhat frozen, the Feb. 18 deadline could be intriguing. The Warriors and Spurs are still chasing 72–10 and play each other four times before season’s end, plus Kobe Bryant’s final chapter will come to a close.

While you wait, here are some Power Rankings.

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