Spurs still the team to beat
For the good, like the Spurs, Suns, Sonics and Heat, there's the promise that 2005 will go a lot like 2004 did. Lots of wins, no injuries and lots of red-hot shooting.
For the bad, like the Hornets, Hawks and the Bucks, the New Year's resolutions must be maximum strength. Better health, major roster upheaval and a changing set of priorities.
For the upside, the changes have to be subtler. A new player here, a defensive strategy there, may make the difference between mediocrity and greatness.
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