Not every snapshot of a night in the NBA serves as a crystal ball.
But Monday night's scoreboard does offer a telling glimpse of what we may have in store heading into the postseason.
The Eastern Conference story was laid out: the Miami Heat continue to sail while the New York Knicks limp along and hope for good news in the morning.
The Western Conference story is being told in inverted fashion, as the bottom half of the standings creates the more intriguing narrative into spring.
And yes, the surging Los Angeles Lakers managed to inch another step closer to that coveted playoff spot, while the most entertaining portion of the night may have come through the harsh words of J.J. Barea directed at a future Hall of Famer.