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Well, how about that?

PER Diem: Feb. 26, 2010

Updated: February 26, 2010, 12:18 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

A couple of days ago, another writer asked me a simple question. Do the surprise results of Atlanta and Oklahoma City, he wondered, make you rethink how you predict teams at the start of the season?

Well, that got me thinking. We come up with all kinds of reasons for the success of surprise teams -- the young guys learned how to win, the star player stepped his game up another level, a new acquisition gave a much-needed boost, etc.

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