March in the NBA is typically a time for separating the boys from the men amidst the league's hierarchy. With no trade deadline to worry about or All-Star game to distract, it's time for teams to either get busy livin' (i.e. pushing for the playoffs) or get busy dyin' (i.e. tank for ping pong balls in the draft lottery).
That much was clear this past week—the first full week of the last calendar month of the regular season—as contenders, pretenders and bottom-feeders continued to sort themselves out from one another in earnest.
This year's postseason fields in each conference are all but set, save for the Los Angeles Lakers' late rally to right the ship during what's largely been a disastrous campaign. However, the seeding on both sides remains up for grabs.
The middle is plenty muddled out West, though even the ongoing battle between the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers pales in comparison to the calamity of the game-and-a-half that separate the seventh-place Boston Celtics from the fourth-place Brooklyn Nets.
We're still a ways away from designating the ultimate winners and losers, but for now, handing out some ups and downs from the week that was should suffice.