Is anyone else relieved that the NBA's trade deadline has come and gone?
No more tracking ridiculous rumors or refreshing HoopsHype every five seconds. No more second-guessing anonymous "sources." No more concocting fanciful deals that bear little (if any) resemblance to what any GM in his right mind would actually do.
Now, we can simply focus on what's most important—you know, basketball. There will be buyouts here and free-agent signings there but nothing so monumental as to distract from the game itself.
With the vast majority of rosters set (more or less) for the next few months, the present seems as good a time as any to see how the Association stacks up. With so few games played in the past week on account of the All-Star break, one might expect this week's edition of the power rankings to look a lot like the previous one.
But the trade deadline, even one as tame as this year's was, did plenty to push some squads up the ladder and knock others down a rung or two.