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Which teams will keep climbing?

The best NBA stories a year ago were the up-and-coming teams like the Cavs and Jazz. How will they fare this season?

Updated: November 1, 2004, 11:41 AM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

The Pistons were the big story last year.

And Shaq and Kobe were the hot story.

But the best stories were smaller. The best stories were about teams and towns on the rise. Clubs in Memphis and Cleveland coming up from the muck. Squads in Utah, Denver, and Milwaukee exceeding expectations by a country mile. They were the goods.

Next time someone tells you there's no reason to watch the NBA season before the playoffs begin, tell them to shut their yap. Because as good ...

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