Tuesday night was a short one in the NBA, though the sweetness of it depends on your perspective.
If you like watching talented juggernauts fall, it was a good night. The Miami Heat and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers both suffered road losses, at the core of which were troubling implications for the season going forward.
Indeed, the schadenfreude across the basketball world was palpable.
It was also a good night if you enjoy seeing teams from the middle of the country succeed. The Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves all triumphed over teams with more coastal orientations.
And if you prefer to be done watching basketball before 11:00 p.m. Eastern (8:00 p.m. Pacific), then the second Tuesday of the New Year was good for you, too. Just five games comprised the evening's slate, and none started later than a few minutes past 8:00 p.m. on the Eastern seaboard.
Still, each game offered something intriguing to consider in the days, weeks and months going forward.