No longer the Terri-Bulls

Updated: December 27, 2004, 11:35 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

Now that Shaq and Kobe have hugged at halfcourt and the Pistons and Pacers have played 48 minutes without attacking fans or each other, maybe it's time to move on to the real stories in the NBA as we wrap up Week 8. Stories like:

  • With all the hype surrounding Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, did anyone notice the Heat are in the middle of an 11-game winning streak?

  • In the West, the Suns are proving they have staying power, posting an 11-game win streak of their own. That streak is in serious jeopardy, however. The Suns head into San Antonio on Tuesday for what could be a sneak preview of the Western Conference Finals.

  • Speaking of winning streaks, the Bulls had won five in a row and seven of their last 10 before Sunday's loss in Milwaukee. Have we seen the end of the Terri-Bulls and the talk of trading Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler?

  • The Charlotte Bobcats are just two wins away from ending all the preseason talk that they might be the worst team in the history of the NBA. Even their biggest supporters, like me, didn't see the debate ending in December.

  • The Knicks are leading the Atlantic, yet they've beaten only one team with a winning record.

    It's time for another Monday edition of the Good, the Bad and the Upside – in a peaceful, Shaq vs. Kobe-free world.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer