Seeds of doubt were planted in some teams early on in the 2012-13 season. Now those seeds are growing into full-blown panic.
No one is out of the playoff hunt yet, but we can see it in the eyes of certain players, coaches and fans. Teams are starting feel a little panic. Movements in the lineup or on the sidelines are telling. Minutes being shifted around can tell us a lot.
Body language can tell us even more.
When we last saw the panic meter rankings, the 0-7 Detroit Pistons were leading the way. Preseason contenders like the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers found themselves toward the top of the panic meter rankings as well.
The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies secured the two lowest panic meter spots thanks to furious starts.
That was Nov. 12, this is Dec. 11. A quarter of the season has gone by, so who is panicking now?
*Rankings are relative to last week. If a team has seen its panic meter decrease, it's relaxing. Otherwise, they're panic meter has gone up.