By adding Pau Gasol, the Lakers have assembled an imposing front line that may come up short defensively • In the midst of a breakout season, Rudy Gay becomes the Grizzlies' go-to guy
The league's most effective agitators are a pair of rookies • No one has improved more than the Avalanche's Jeff Finger • Toronto's Tomas Kaberle could be on the move to San Jose
As Nuggets Linas Kleiza (far left) and Allen Iverson backtrack, Dallas forward Josh Howard races downcourt alongside fellow Mavs Erick Dampier (wearing headband) and Devin Harris (with ball) in their 90--85 home victory on Jan. 27. The win proved costly as Harris suffered a bone bruise on his left ankle in the second quarter and was expected to miss two to three weeks.
Photograph by Greg Nelson