It's dangerous to draw any firm conclusions about the results of the final full slate of games before the NBA trade deadline. After all, we could see a massive shakeup in the next few hours that could render a number of the key takeaways from Wednesday night moot.
There's nothing we can do about the looming uncertainty, though, so it's probably best to simply take a cautious view of what we saw on the 11-game schedule of Feb. 19.
Speaking of cautious, that's exactly the kind of approach Cleveland Cavaliers fans should be taking toward their team's recent surge. The Cavs were at it again on Wednesday, but it might be too early to put real stock in their excellent results lately.
Elsewhere, the Charlotte Bobcats looked very much like a playoff team (weird, right?), and the rest of the East's second tier began to sort itself out.
Out West, Dwight Howard returned to face the Los Angeles Lakers, though he might not have recognized what he saw on the Staples Center floor. Plus, the San Antonio Spurs notched a suspicious win, the Golden State Warriors didn't satisfy anybody and Kevin Love went bonkers (by most human standards; not his own).
Oh, and one last thing before we get started: Let's all agree to lay off Carmelo Anthony for a while. The guy's trying his best.