HERE'S A LITTLE argument on behalf of the starless Nuggets: It's a mid-March game against the Bulls in Chicago, 16.9 seconds left in overtime, and the Nuggets are desperately trying to extend an 11-game winning streak. Denver trails 118-116 but has the ball, and coach George Karl is drawing up a play in the huddle during a timeout. On the opposing bench, Tom Thibodeau, the NBA's top defensive mind, is considering how to stop him.
19hMichael C. Wright
22hTom Carpenter and Greg Rosenstein
3dEthan Sherwood Strauss
13hWilliam Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn
1dMarc Stein and Ramona Shelburne