A new favorite is rising to the top as the NBA's postseason bracket narrows.
No longer obstructed by the what-ifs and puzzle of scenarios, the identities of the remaining playoff teams are becoming more clear.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls are too shorthanded without their superstars, and the New York Knicks look ready to settle for clanging jumpers and a second-round exit.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors remain alive on the bad ankle of the postseason's most exciting star.
The Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies are exhibiting the value of defense and rebounding, while the San Antonio Spurs continue to rely on three veterans with more championship credentials than any remaining team.
But can any team top the Miami Heat?