During the season, NBA.com editors Darren Misener, Martin Sumners and Jim Reilly will be keeping you updated on all the best news and content from around the 30 team sites in the Conference Call Blog. East, Week 1 | West, Week 1 | East, Week 2 | West, Week 2 | East, Week 3 | West, Week 3 | East, Week 4 | West, Week 4 | East, Week 5 | West, Week 5 | East, Week 6 | West, Week 6 | East, Week 7 | West, Week 7

Jim Reilly

Looking Up in Orlando
The only trio riding higher than Alvin and the Chipmunks at the moment (what's up with that?) is the KG-Paul Pierce-Ray Allen Project in Boston. But that's to be expected (The Celtics winning, that is, not the inexplicable popularity of a Singing Rodents Christmas Movie). And the veteran Pistons sitting in second place in the East isn't exactly a surprising development either. But who woulda thunk the Orlando Magic would race out of the gates with a 17-8 record, good for third place in the conference?

Despite the early success in Orlando, Scott Anez of the Anez Sez blog on Magic.com detects an unnecessary amount of hand-wringing regarding the emerging squad led by MVP candidate Dwight Howard. "Here we are, Magic fans, 17-8 on the season. We lead the Southeast Division by three games over red hot Washington. We have the third best record in the Eastern Conference," sez Anez. "Yet, everywhere I go, people ask me, 'What’s wrong with the Magic?'"

Anez surmises that perhaps a less than stellar 5-5 home record is responsible for the disproportianate amount of naysaying. "I can’t give you an explanation for the lackadaisical play at home lately," sez Scott. "It seems like our interest is only peaked only when it’s too late. In the NBA, any team can beat you on a given night." Anez then poses a rhetorical question. "Yet, with all the problems ... the injuries ... the homecourt woes ... the schedule ... If, at the beginning of the year, I told you that the Orlando Magic would win 17 of their first 25 games, you’d take it in a heartbeat, wouldn’t you?"


It Ain't Easy Playing Green
Voice of the Raptors Chuck Swirsky sums up Toronto's loss to Boston: "Too Much KG."

Et Tu, Paschke?
The Paschketball Blog on Bucks.com also chronicles the difficulties of facing the Green Monsters.

Never Say Never Again
The Optimist on Cavs.com finds reason for hope after a tough loss. TheBron is about this: "NEVER having two bad games in a row."

Where All-Access Happens
Bobcats.com teams up with ESPN to provide an insiders view of an NBA Game Day.

Welcome Wagon
According to Pistons.com, Detroit is thrilled with the arrival of Primo Brezec and Walter Hermann.

Are You Experienced
Slam Magazine's Lang Whitaker blogs on Hawks.com about the Maturation of Josh Smith.

Hail Haywood
The Wizards Blog notes another Brendan Haywood double-double in another Washington victory.

Double Fantasy
Pacers.com's Fantasy Forecast sees Jermaine O'Neal moving up the board and Danny Granger all over the board.

Blogging Young
Sixers.com blogger and rookie Thaddeus Young examines the importance of momentum.

Honoring The Best
Heat.com unveils the Top 25 Players in team history.

A Holiday Story
Nets.com's Sussman Sez blog puts a quirky new twist on a holiday tradition.

And Holiday Spirit
Bulls.com lets fans participate in a virtual Food Drive.

And More Holiday Spirit
Celtics.com says it in pictures.