(David Stern and the rest of the NBA are counting on the Deng/Kirilenko rivalry to repair the league’s tattered image. OK, maybe not)

Rather than dwell on the Knicks’ matador (small “m”) defense against Vince (dunking again) Carter and the Raptors, or LeBron burnishing his MVP credentials against the Pistons (sans Ben Wallace), how about those Bulls getting off the schneid in SLC?

(Seattle’s Ray Allen, perhaps too old to play Denzel’s son, still young enough to fight his way past Milwaukee’s Earl Watson)

In all seriousness, Thanksgiving Eve was a night in which the Spurs, Suns and Sonics all staked a claim as the league’s elite thus far, but no one has been hotter than surprising Seattle.