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Eastern Mediocrity Marks Early Season Standings

The Nets may be a disappointing 5-4 but they still lead the Atlantic Division and have the third best record in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half behind the Cavs and Magic who are both 7-3. It's all part of an early season trend of conference mediocrity, writes Marlon Morgan of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Morgan handicaps the East's contenders and finds each of them is a bit of a pretender. Dave D'Alessandro and Peter Vecsey take separate looks at the Pistons and Heat woes.