NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 10 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:45 PM EST

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Houston Rockets

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Denver Nuggets

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

24-5 - 1/10
Dirk Nowitzki went down Monday night (he's day-to-day) with what some are calling a knee injury and some are calling an ankle. Either way, it's a huge concern. But the Mavs went on to win in Oklahoma City without him -- that's what they've been doing a loExpand Description
Dirk Nowitzki went down Monday night (he's day-to-day) with what some are calling a knee injury and some are calling an ankle. Either way, it's a huge concern. But the Mavs went on to win in Oklahoma City without him -- that's what they've been doing a lot of lately -- and they maintain the top spot based on their improved defense, impressive resume and contributions from lots of different areas. Collapse Description
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26-4 - 1/10
Uninspiring effort in beating shorthanded and hopeless Wizards over the weekend was to be expected. It was the sandwich game between the streak-stopping loss in Orlando and Tuesday night's really big game vs. the Lakers. Then comes Thursday's trip to DallExpand Description
Uninspiring effort in beating shorthanded and hopeless Wizards over the weekend was to be expected. It was the sandwich game between the streak-stopping loss in Orlando and Tuesday night's really big game vs. the Lakers. Then comes Thursday's trip to Dallas, which means we'll know a lot more about these Spurs this time next week than we do right now. Collapse Description
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23-5 - 1/6
The Celtics really miss the injured Rajon Rondo, which you already knew. But they're coming off a 14-game win streak and beat the Magic all over their own arena for the first 43 minutes of their Christmas Day game before collapsing late. When Rondo comes Expand Description
The Celtics really miss the injured Rajon Rondo, which you already knew. But they're coming off a 14-game win streak and beat the Magic all over their own arena for the first 43 minutes of their Christmas Day game before collapsing late. When Rondo comes back their offense will run more efficiently and their defense will be even better. The Celtics remain the team to beat if they ever get to full strength. Collapse Description
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23-9 1 2/10
Signature win? Check that box after the Heat ran circles around the Lakers on Christmas as LeBron James went for a triple-double and the Heat were so good that even Mario Chalmers was making big buckets. Mike Miller is back but not currently in the rotatiExpand Description
Signature win? Check that box after the Heat ran circles around the Lakers on Christmas as LeBron James went for a triple-double and the Heat were so good that even Mario Chalmers was making big buckets. Mike Miller is back but not currently in the rotation, and Erik Spoelstra probably wishes James would quit making headlines and talking about contraction. This is what Miami signed up for and this team is scary-good when it's clicking. Collapse Description
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19-12 4 3/11
It's been a strange season for the Magic with weather affecting schedules, an early rut and a complete roster overhaul. After losing two straight with this new group, Orlando has now won three in a row and ended the double-digit win streaks of the Spurs aExpand Description
It's been a strange season for the Magic with weather affecting schedules, an early rut and a complete roster overhaul. After losing two straight with this new group, Orlando has now won three in a row and ended the double-digit win streaks of the Spurs and Celtics in the process. A Tuesday night game in Cleveland precedes a winnable home stretch, and these guys should keep climbing. Collapse Description
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21-9 2 1/7
The Lakers don't often get blown out in back-to-back games at home, especially when the first one comes at the hands of the Bucks. Of greater concern is the Christmas Day loss to Miami as the Heat's zone defense left the Lakers looking lost. They looked aExpand Description
The Lakers don't often get blown out in back-to-back games at home, especially when the first one comes at the hands of the Bucks. Of greater concern is the Christmas Day loss to Miami as the Heat's zone defense left the Lakers looking lost. They looked a step slow, too, in struggling to get back and slow Miami's transition offense. There's still a lot of season left, though, and these guys are still the champs. Collapse Description
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7

21-10 1 4/26
Came out uncharacteristically flat in Monday night home loss to Portland. Maybe it was the extended time off, or maybe they're just not good enough defensively when LaMarcus Aldridge plays the way he did. The Jazz have the system, the pieces and the experExpand Description
Came out uncharacteristically flat in Monday night home loss to Portland. Maybe it was the extended time off, or maybe they're just not good enough defensively when LaMarcus Aldridge plays the way he did. The Jazz have the system, the pieces and the experience. If Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap continue to improve and click, they still have a chance to make a significant run.Collapse Description
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19-10 1 1/10
Fourth-quarter collapse on Christmas in Madison Square Garden shows they miss Joakim Noah. Derrick Rose couldn't buy a bucket and that will happen, but Kurt Thomas playing in crunch time is not part of anybody's plan. The good news is that Rose is tons beExpand Description
Fourth-quarter collapse on Christmas in Madison Square Garden shows they miss Joakim Noah. Derrick Rose couldn't buy a bucket and that will happen, but Kurt Thomas playing in crunch time is not part of anybody's plan. The good news is that Rose is tons better than he showed and Noah is scheduled to be back in plenty of time for this team to get right and prepare for the ones that really count.Collapse Description
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9

21-11 1 2/11
Russell Westbrook banged his right elbow Monday night but should be fine. Of greater concern is that the Mavs lost Nowitzki in that game and were without head coach Rick Carlisle (knee surgery) and still won in Oklahoma City's building. The Thunder still Expand Description
Russell Westbrook banged his right elbow Monday night but should be fine. Of greater concern is that the Mavs lost Nowitzki in that game and were without head coach Rick Carlisle (knee surgery) and still won in Oklahoma City's building. The Thunder still look to be in good shape for the future, but they seem a step or two behind the real contenders in the here and now.Collapse Description
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10

20-13 1 9/16
Al Horford is having his best season yet, and the Hawks are winning enough to be right in the thick of things in the East. But with Orlando surging, Atlanta needs to be more consistent and probably needs to make a move or two to stay in any kind of real cExpand Description
Al Horford is having his best season yet, and the Hawks are winning enough to be right in the thick of things in the East. But with Orlando surging, Atlanta needs to be more consistent and probably needs to make a move or two to stay in any kind of real contender discussion. Stay tuned as the trade deadline draws nearer.Collapse Description
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11

18-12 3 10/25
Does beating the Noah-less Bulls count as beating somebody? To this team it does. The Knicks are most certainly back and most certainly going to the playoffs in a top-heavy East. What is this team's ceiling, and what is the next move? There's real excitemExpand Description
Does beating the Noah-less Bulls count as beating somebody? To this team it does. The Knicks are most certainly back and most certainly going to the playoffs in a top-heavy East. What is this team's ceiling, and what is the next move? There's real excitement and intrigue in those answers for the first time in a long while.Collapse Description
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12

15-15 5 10/25
Remember when Houston started the season 3-10? They've won 12 of 17 since to get back to .500 and build momentum. Kevin Martin is scoring like crazy, Aaron Brooks is back and lots of different guys are contributing as the Rockets get out and run. They'll Expand Description
Remember when Houston started the season 3-10? They've won 12 of 17 since to get back to .500 and build momentum. Kevin Martin is scoring like crazy, Aaron Brooks is back and lots of different guys are contributing as the Rockets get out and run. They'll have to stay hot to be legitimate playoff contenders, but they've found a nice mix and can score with anybody.Collapse Description
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13

16-15 1 6/16
Aldridge has been on a tear, and that road win in Utah Monday night was the Blazers' first in five away from home. They collapsed late at Golden State on Christmas and will need to start finishing those games to be any type of significant player in the loExpand Description
Aldridge has been on a tear, and that road win in Utah Monday night was the Blazers' first in five away from home. They collapsed late at Golden State on Christmas and will need to start finishing those games to be any type of significant player in the loaded West going forward. A few roster moves wouldn't hurt, and you get the feeling that they're coming.Collapse Description
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16-13 4 6/16
Carmelo Anthony has been away from the team following the death of his sister, and the Nuggets have struggled mightily without him. They lost back-to-back in Oklahoma City and home vs. Philly last weekend and are especially struggling at the defensive endExpand Description
Carmelo Anthony has been away from the team following the death of his sister, and the Nuggets have struggled mightily without him. They lost back-to-back in Oklahoma City and home vs. Philly last weekend and are especially struggling at the defensive end, ranking 25th in the league in points allowed.Collapse Description
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18-13 1 3/17
That 11-1 start was a long, long time ago. The Hornets have still proven capable of beating good teams, but they followed a win over Atlanta by losing to Minnesota. They're now 7-12 since that outstanding start and aren't getting much consistent help fromExpand Description
That 11-1 start was a long, long time ago. The Hornets have still proven capable of beating good teams, but they followed a win over Atlanta by losing to Minnesota. They're now 7-12 since that outstanding start and aren't getting much consistent help from anybody but Chris Paul.Collapse Description
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13-16 3 10/20
With the next two against Philly and Detroit, the Suns have to start now if they're going to put anything together. Yes, they're working in new pieces. Yes, losing to the Clippers isn't as bad as it used to be. But no Steve Nash-led team should ever be tExpand Description
With the next two against Philly and Detroit, the Suns have to start now if they're going to put anything together. Yes, they're working in new pieces. Yes, losing to the Clippers isn't as bad as it used to be. But no Steve Nash-led team should ever be three games under .500 at Christmas, and considering the way the ageless Grant Hill is playing, this group should be much better.Collapse Description
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14-17 2 8/19
The Grizzlies are still maddeningly inconsistent, but they are talented and fun to watch when they're interested in playing. They get out and run by leading the league in forced turnovers at 17.3 per game, and Rudy Gay is fun to watch in the open floor. XExpand Description
The Grizzlies are still maddeningly inconsistent, but they are talented and fun to watch when they're interested in playing. They get out and run by leading the league in forced turnovers at 17.3 per game, and Rudy Gay is fun to watch in the open floor. Xavier Henry missed Monday's game with a knee issue and O.J. Mayo still didn't start, which might mean Mayo will be traded soon.Collapse Description
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13-15 3 12/25
Staying afloat only because the Central is easily the worst division in basketball. The Pacers looked like upstarts and possible trade-dealine buyers just a few weeks back. Now they're looking for any type of spark as they've slipped below .500 and are veExpand Description
Staying afloat only because the Central is easily the worst division in basketball. The Pacers looked like upstarts and possible trade-dealine buyers just a few weeks back. Now they're looking for any type of spark as they've slipped below .500 and are very much playing their old selves -- minus the scoring -- of late.Collapse Description
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19

12-18 4 17/26
Steph Curry is back, Monta Ellis was good enough to be Western Conference Player of the Week and David Lee is playing better, too. The Warriors have won three straight for the first time in 20 months, believe it or not, and if they stay healthy and keep gExpand Description
Steph Curry is back, Monta Ellis was good enough to be Western Conference Player of the Week and David Lee is playing better, too. The Warriors have won three straight for the first time in 20 months, believe it or not, and if they stay healthy and keep getting scoring from both inside and out they'll have a chance to at least be interesting in early 2011.Collapse Description
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20

10-22 - 15/29
They've won two straight, are finally in double-digit wins after a nightmarish start and can really make a run with 10 of 14 games in January set to be played in L.A. The Clippers probably aren't a playoff team, but Blake Griffin makes them a team worth wExpand Description
They've won two straight, are finally in double-digit wins after a nightmarish start and can really make a run with 10 of 14 games in January set to be played in L.A. The Clippers probably aren't a playoff team, but Blake Griffin makes them a team worth watching both for now and going forward.Collapse Description
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21

12-17 - 12/25
Save the win in L.A. over the Lakers, it's been a miserable month for the Bucks. Brandon Jennings is out at least three more weeks after foot surgery. Drew Gooden and Carlos Delfino have been out, too, and the Bucks have been inconsistent at both ends of Expand Description
Save the win in L.A. over the Lakers, it's been a miserable month for the Bucks. Brandon Jennings is out at least three more weeks after foot surgery. Drew Gooden and Carlos Delfino have been out, too, and the Bucks have been inconsistent at both ends of the floor. They're yet to win when allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better and will find themselves in the lottery if they don't turn things around soon.Collapse Description
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22

12-19 4 12/29
Andre Iguodala is still battling tendinitis in his Achilles tendon, and this team just isn't the same without him. Jason Kapono and Lou Williams also missed Monday night's loss at Golden State. There's more bad news: This long road trip still has three gaExpand Description
Andre Iguodala is still battling tendinitis in his Achilles tendon, and this team just isn't the same without him. Jason Kapono and Lou Williams also missed Monday night's loss at Golden State. There's more bad news: This long road trip still has three games to go. The 76ers are getting strong play from Elton Brand, but they're desperate to get home and get healthy.Collapse Description
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23

10-20 1 22/30
The long December continues for the No-Names north of the border. The Raptors lost their third straight game and fifth in the last six when they blew a 16-point lead in Memphis Monday night. They did without the services of Andrea Bargnani, Reggie Evans aExpand Description
The long December continues for the No-Names north of the border. The Raptors lost their third straight game and fifth in the last six when they blew a 16-point lead in Memphis Monday night. They did without the services of Andrea Bargnani, Reggie Evans and Sonny Weems, but they're still far from contending even at full strength. At least DeMar Derozan is coming on strong.Collapse Description
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24

8-24 - 23/30
Kevin Love makes these guys must-see TV. They've been competitive, and Wesley Johnson's career-high 24 points against the Hornets Monday night gave Minnesota back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. If Michael Beasley keeps going, too, theyExpand Description
Kevin Love makes these guys must-see TV. They've been competitive, and Wesley Johnson's career-high 24 points against the Hornets Monday night gave Minnesota back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. If Michael Beasley keeps going, too, they might have something to watch a year from now. Collapse Description
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25

10-19 4 18/29
Last week's coaching change was probably overdue, but the Bobcats' long-term picture isn't any clearer. New coach Paul Silas is going to let his guys run, so at least they'll have a few weeks worth of fun. Charlotte's young players must use this time to pExpand Description
Last week's coaching change was probably overdue, but the Bobcats' long-term picture isn't any clearer. New coach Paul Silas is going to let his guys run, so at least they'll have a few weeks worth of fun. Charlotte's young players must use this time to prove to owner Michael Jordan they want to be in it for the long haul. Collapse Description
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10-21 1 19/30
It's bad, really bad, at the bottom of the East. The Pistons are getting strong play from Charlie Villanueva and Tayshaun Prince, but the biggest headlines are still off the floor involving the futures of their longtime mainstays and the immediate schedulExpand Description
It's bad, really bad, at the bottom of the East. The Pistons are getting strong play from Charlie Villanueva and Tayshaun Prince, but the biggest headlines are still off the floor involving the futures of their longtime mainstays and the immediate schedule is brutal. Detroit hosts Boston before embarking upon a Suns, Jazz, Lakers road trip. Collapse Description
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9-22 1 21/29
Still getting strong play from Devin Harris, still losing just about every night they play. The Nets remain alive in the Carmelo Derby and are bringing Derrick Favors along slowly, but it's tough to find many positives from a team that's second-worst in tExpand Description
Still getting strong play from Devin Harris, still losing just about every night they play. The Nets remain alive in the Carmelo Derby and are bringing Derrick Favors along slowly, but it's tough to find many positives from a team that's second-worst in the league in scoring.Collapse Description
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28

7-22 - 18/30
John Wall is back in the lineup, but the Wizards had another off-court issue last week lead to suspensions and unnecessary distractions. They're still the league's only team without a road victory and have lost 10 of 11 overall. Scary thought: They'd be eExpand Description
John Wall is back in the lineup, but the Wizards had another off-court issue last week lead to suspensions and unnecessary distractions. They're still the league's only team without a road victory and have lost 10 of 11 overall. Scary thought: They'd be even worse without Kirk Hinrich. Collapse Description
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8-22 2 19/30
The team that played on national TV twice a week last year has lost 13 of 14 and blew a 14-point lead at home over the weekend to Minnesota. Now, three of the next four are against Orlando, Chicago and Dallas and a long trip west follows that stretch. AntExpand Description
The team that played on national TV twice a week last year has lost 13 of 14 and blew a 14-point lead at home over the weekend to Minnesota. Now, three of the next four are against Orlando, Chicago and Dallas and a long trip west follows that stretch. Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams are playing well, and you have to think they're quietly being shopped.Collapse Description
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30

5-23 - 19/30
League's longest losing streak hit eight games with another close and mystifying loss Monday night to the Clippers. Tyreke Evans went for 32 points and looked like he did for much of last year, but now comes news that he's considering a surgical procedureExpand Description
League's longest losing streak hit eight games with another close and mystifying loss Monday night to the Clippers. Tyreke Evans went for 32 points and looked like he did for much of last year, but now comes news that he's considering a surgical procedure to cure his foot issues that could cost him 3-4 months. Looks like the Kings may be in the basement to stay. Collapse Description
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