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Under the Bleachers: The 5 biggest stories

Under the Bleachers: The 5 biggest stories
Welcome to Under the Bleachers, where the best NBA writers from Bleacher Report give their unique take on the latest action.

The Five Big Stories Before the Playoffs

Suns making the postseason, the Nets squeezing by, D-Wade winning the scoring title, the Heat passing the Hawks ... Trust us, it was harder for us to narrow these stories down than it is for Shaq to stand up straight against Dwight Howard.

Do You Believe in Magic?

With Hedo Turkoglu taking charge and Stan "Ron Jeremy" Van Gundy leading the way, Orlando looks like a lock for the third seed in the East. If the Magic can hit their threes, Dwight Howard won't be the only one wearing a Superman cape.

At Least Nellie's Good for Something

The Mad Scientist has been taking flak for stuff he can't control -- injuries, inexperienced players, and, uh, bad coaching. But one thing he does know how to do is develop talent. Ever heard of Anthony Randolph? You will once Nellie gets through with him.

Are the Nets Brooklyn-Bound?

Since the Nets scheduled some preseason games at the Prudential Center, Brooklyn looks like it might get dumped. Flashbacks to the Dodgers? Maybe ... except Brooklyn actually wanted the Dodgers. And New Jersey is no L.A.

And the Reigning Rookie Will Be...

D-Rose, O.J. Mayo and Russell Westbrook are the D-Wade, Kobe and Bron-Bron of the NBA's freshman class. Which one's due for ROY? Consider this: the super-scorer Mayo averages 18.9 ppg. Rose, the master passer, averages just two less. Hmm ...

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