Has the time for "separation" begun? With 25 games to go, five teams are bunched up in a tight race for the final three playoff spots. And for every opportunity, there is also a risk of falling behind and ultimately out of the race. The reasons are many but the biggest may be the Heat's loss of Dywane Wade, most recently seen at the White House sporting a shoulder sling. The Nets have looked good, but we've seen that movie before.
- Eastern Conference race too close to call - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger