Phoenix has won seven in a row and sits atop the Pacific Division. Alas, someone needs to alert Phoenicians. With the team 30th in attendance, many are missing out on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (right), who has five shutouts this season and has stopped 95% of the shots he's faced in the streak.
Move over, Tim Duncan. Morehead State center Kenneth Faried broke the ex--Demon Deacon's 15-year-old D-I rebounding record by pulling down career board number 1,571 as the hot Eagles (21--8) beat Indiana State 71--65. Said Faried, "I can't explain how excited I am."
Portland quietly has the fifth-best record in the West (32--24) and six straight wins coming out of the All-Star break thanks to LaMarcus Aldridge (right) and his 27.9 ppg and 9.1 rpg over the last 10 games. More good news: Brandon Roy aims to return from a knee injury this week.
NEW JERSEY: MELLOW
Don't rush these Devils. After spending most of the season chilling in the NHL basement they've matched the best 18-game tear in team history, taking 32 points. Credit much of their return to the playoff hunt to Ilya Kovalchuk (right), who has six goals in seven games.