The 2013 NBA playoffs are finally heating up—and not a moment too soon.
With long series have come the usual adjustments, trends and tensions associated with familiarity. Between the Denver Nuggets sending their "hit men" after Stephen Curry, Jordan Crawford going Cheerios on Carmelo Anthony and Patrick Beverley emerging as Public Enemy No. 1 in Oklahoma City, this postseason has already given rise to its fair share of blood feuds.
That's all to say nothing of the strife between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies, which is back and better than ever this year.
Not surprisingly, then, the report card grades have shifted considerably over the last week among those teams left standing. The evening-out of the ongoing series has had a similar effect on the marks, as you'll surely see.