The prognosis from early case of playoff fever
A week of wild West showdowns taught us what we already knew: That Shaq and the Lakers are still the team to beat.
It's a week that started and ended with the Los Angeles Lakers scraping out a significant victory on a Sunday against a wannabe rival.
It's a week that featured a Best In The West Round Robin in the middle.
In sum, it's a week that made March feel a little like the playoffs. It's also a week that made you feel like those playoffs are going to be pretty good, even if those blasted Lakers are still the heavy favorites.
It's a week that merits a day-by-day review of what just happened, since maybe only Indiana and Mike Davis had a better one:
Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, March 21
Friday, March 22
Sunday, March 24
Most of all, after all this mayhem, we re-learned what we thought going in -- that you'd take a week like this whenever you can get it.
Marc Stein, who covers the NBA for The Dallas Morning News, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com.