Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

What to watch as we hit the stretch

The Bulls, without Derrick Rose, look unbeatable. Just five games separate fourth from 11th in the West. Two divisions are still very much in play. And Kevin Love is making an MVP surge.

Despite all of the lockout basketball, teams tanking and a breadth of injuries, the season's final month is anything but short on drama.

We've compiled the top 10 story lines to watch down the stretch. Among those on the list:

- The race for the No. 1 seed in the East, and its importance for Miami

- Denver aims to break out of a funk, and make a postseason charge

- Deron Williams' future with the Nets

You can read the whole list by scrolling down, or clicking here.

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