Western Conference, worst to first
Compressed schedule, newfound fiscal austerity will shape competitive conference race
Originally Published: December 20, 2011By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Glenn James/Getty ImagesAs Dirk Nowitzki is quick to point out, Kevin Durant's game is improving at a rapid pace.Has the new collective bargaining agreement really changed anything? The preseason sagas of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might lead you to conclude "no." But take a look at the Western Conference heading into this season, and you might be more inclined to say "yes."
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