Great expectations in NBA's second half

2011-12 season set to pick up steam as stakes start to rise following All-Star Weekend

Originally Published: February 26, 2012
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

It wasn't a midseason break, All-Star Weekend, as much as a pit stop, a chance to refuel, change tires and go. It's been a breakneck pace the NBA has been on since Christmas Day, and it ain't about to change now. In fact, the second half of the season should be even more desperate, even more exhausting, and probably more frustrating than usual, given the insane schedule, the lack of practice time, the injuries already incurred and the number of teams that think they have a serious shot.

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