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Where the heck are we right now? Taking a look back at the first month

All right people, each team has played somewhere around 16 games of basketball this season. Around 20 percent of the schedule is completed. Where are we right now? Honestly, I have no clue. Cleveland has looked like garbage and is missing their big off-season pick-up, yet they're one game off the best record in the conference. Boston's slumped, but naturally is tied with the best record. The supposedly-resurgent Wizards have been mostly awful. Orlando has looked most dominant, yet gave one up to the Heat the other night. And then there are those Heat. You could argue they've surpassed expectations or that they're still mired in the problems pointed out before the season tipped off, and you'd both be right. The Heat have won some impressive games (at Orlando, Denver) but struggled mightily in others (New Jersey, Washington). Young players like Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers have looked poised for a breakout, then regress back to last year's form. Jermaine O'Neal looked great then got injured ("Looked great then got injured" will be the title of O'Neal's autobiography). Same with Udonis Haslem. Now, I know what you're going to say. November basketball is, for all intents and purposes, irrelevant. Injuries will naturally spring up over an 82-game season. Teams will lose games they're supposed to win and win game they're supposed to lose. And of course that's true. But it's just amazing that after a full month of play, I don't think anyone really knows where anyone stands. Except for New Jersey, of course; they're currently standing in the basement.