Get out your red pens, basketball fans.
With the Toilet Bowl behind us, the Portland Trail Blazers still scorching hot and atop the Western Conference, the Charlotte Bobcats playing great defense and so much more, it's time to play teacher and dole out some grades.
What has happened matters. Expectations matter. The legitimacy of what has happened matters.
But the future does not. There isn't a predictive element to these grades, as we're merely looking back on the previous action and making sense of it all.
It's a strange point in the season, as it suddenly seems like there's never been a bigger gap between the two conferences. Only four teams in the Eastern Conference have outscored their opponents on the year; only four in the West haven't.
Yep, it's going to be tough to make sense of these messy standings.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current as of Dec. 7 and come from Basketball-Reference.