With the All-Star break merely hours away, it's a good time to assess where everyone stands in the race for the playoffs out East, particularly with Chicago and Cleveland squaring off tonight in the final game before the break.
Roughly 3 1/2 months into the season, the Atlanta Hawks have been the toast of the Eastern Conference, playing at an elite level since Thanksgiving and winning 37 of 42 games while posting the second-best net rating in the NBA over that span (plus-9.1 points per 100 possessions). The combination of razor-sharp execution and unselfishness has made the Hawks a buzz saw; they're sending four players to the All-Star Game and, barring a dramatic collapse, are the clear favorite to lock up the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed (with an outside chance of grabbing the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs).
If Atlanta's No. 1, who's No. 2?