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Week 14 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 07, 2011 08:37 PM EST

Heavy legs are a problem across the board as the season has moved past the halfway point. The streaking Hornets are playing like they did in early November and are certainly a team to watch. So, too, are the Heat -- but if Chris Bosh has the dreaded high ankle sprain, how much energy will LeBron have to exert playing extra minutes and playing in the post. A nod to the Sixers and Pistons for playing hard and getting things on track, but the real story in many places remains the countdown to the trade deadline.

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Detroit Pistons

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Dallas Mavericks

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

33-10 - 1/6
Shaq is trying to get healthy, Kendrick Perkins is getting closer and the Celtics keep rolling -- well, except for that unexplainable loss in D.C. It happens to everybody, even these guys, but the way Kevin Garnett is playing keeps them in the top spot. TExpand Description
Shaq is trying to get healthy, Kendrick Perkins is getting closer and the Celtics keep rolling -- well, except for that unexplainable loss in D.C. It happens to everybody, even these guys, but the way Kevin Garnett is playing keeps them in the top spot. They play at the Lakers Sunday in front of a national audience.Collapse Description
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2

38-7 - 1/10
Tim Duncan gave the Spurs a major scare when he went down in Golden State Monday night and left the floor. He returned, the Spurs won easy, and except for a major beatdown from New Orleans, all is well in San Antonio. The Spurs have the league's best recoExpand Description
Tim Duncan gave the Spurs a major scare when he went down in Golden State Monday night and left the floor. He returned, the Spurs won easy, and except for a major beatdown from New Orleans, all is well in San Antonio. The Spurs have the league's best record and are in a serious scoring groove.Collapse Description
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3

31-13 - 2/10
Chris Bosh is still hurting and Dwyane Wade is battling migraines, so it's a good thing that the Heat have an extended break this week. LeBron James has played like an MVP this month, but he's playing too many minutes and the Heat are playing for May and Expand Description
Chris Bosh is still hurting and Dwyane Wade is battling migraines, so it's a good thing that the Heat have an extended break this week. LeBron James has played like an MVP this month, but he's playing too many minutes and the Heat are playing for May and June, not for now. Must-see TV coming Sunday in OKC. Collapse Description
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4

32-13 1 1/7
For all the bumps in the road they've encountered thus far, the Lakers remain a top-10 team in all the major stat categories, remain capable of playing lockdown defense when they need to and still have the championship mentality in the locker room and on Expand Description
For all the bumps in the road they've encountered thus far, the Lakers remain a top-10 team in all the major stat categories, remain capable of playing lockdown defense when they need to and still have the championship mentality in the locker room and on the sideline. Staying healthy is key to setting up another title run.Collapse Description
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5

29-16 1 3/11
Losing to Detroit, as the Magic did Monday night, certainly wasn't part of the plan. Dwight Howard continues to dominate, and new chemistry and talent level will be tested with games at Chicago and vs. Miami over the next 10 days. The eyes of the league wExpand Description
Losing to Detroit, as the Magic did Monday night, certainly wasn't part of the plan. Dwight Howard continues to dominate, and new chemistry and talent level will be tested with games at Chicago and vs. Miami over the next 10 days. The eyes of the league will be watching.Collapse Description
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6

31-14 - 1/10
Derrick Rose just might be the MVP to this point, which is why the Bulls continue to win with Joakim Noah in street clothes and a nicked-up Carlos Boozer in and out of the lineup. Why haven't the Bulls cracked the top five? As their coach, Tom Thibodeau, Expand Description
Derrick Rose just might be the MVP to this point, which is why the Bulls continue to win with Joakim Noah in street clothes and a nicked-up Carlos Boozer in and out of the lineup. Why haven't the Bulls cracked the top five? As their coach, Tom Thibodeau, said: "We're winning games. But there are a number of things we have to clean up."Collapse Description
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7

30-16 4 3/17
The formula for a nine-game win streak? League's best scoring defense, Chris Paul being Chris Paul, David West hitting big shots and Emeka Okafor being all over the boards. The Hornets became the only team in the league to beat the Spurs twice this seasonExpand Description
The formula for a nine-game win streak? League's best scoring defense, Chris Paul being Chris Paul, David West hitting big shots and Emeka Okafor being all over the boards. The Hornets became the only team in the league to beat the Spurs twice this season after Saturday's 96-72 beatdown, then topped OKC in a thriller Monday night.Collapse Description
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8

28-16 1 2/11
The Jazz have gone into a very un-Jazzlike tailspin, but OKC's lead in the division is still just one game. A tough recent schedule is one reason, but Monday's loss to the Hornets shows this team, for all its flash and potential, might not be quite "thereExpand Description
The Jazz have gone into a very un-Jazzlike tailspin, but OKC's lead in the division is still just one game. A tough recent schedule is one reason, but Monday's loss to the Hornets shows this team, for all its flash and potential, might not be quite "there" yet. We'll all be watching when the Heat visit Sunday.Collapse Description
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9

29-16 1 9/16
Found a way to win a sloppy overtime game in Miami last week in what should serve as a huge confidence builder. The Hawks are right in the mix in the standings but need an upgrade (or two) to be able to win when the games really count. Should be an intereExpand Description
Found a way to win a sloppy overtime game in Miami last week in what should serve as a huge confidence builder. The Hawks are right in the mix in the standings but need an upgrade (or two) to be able to win when the games really count. Should be an interesting month working the trade phones.Collapse Description
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10

28-15 2 1/10
A month ago, the Mavericks sat atop these rankings. Today, they're in third place in their own division. Dirk Nowitzki is back and a big win over the Lakers last week boosted confidence, but the Mavs are having trouble scoring and haven't responded well tExpand Description
A month ago, the Mavericks sat atop these rankings. Today, they're in third place in their own division. Dirk Nowitzki is back and a big win over the Lakers last week boosted confidence, but the Mavs are having trouble scoring and haven't responded well to getting everybody's best shot.Collapse Description
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11

27-17 2 4/26
Went 0-4 on an Eastern road trip that included a Boston beatdown but also three losses to teams with losing records. Here's the real treat: Utah is at the Lakers Tuesday night and home vs. San Antonio Wednesday, so a six-game skid is a real possibility ifExpand Description
Went 0-4 on an Eastern road trip that included a Boston beatdown but also three losses to teams with losing records. Here's the real treat: Utah is at the Lakers Tuesday night and home vs. San Antonio Wednesday, so a six-game skid is a real possibility if the Jazz don't get better in the paint and on defense.Collapse Description
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12

25-18 1 6/16
Another less-than-normal week in Denver as the Nets dropped out of the Carmelo Derby and the Lakers delivered a message that the current team just isn't good enough. A road trip awaits, but a schedule of Washington, Detroit and Cleveland isn't exactly MurExpand Description
Another less-than-normal week in Denver as the Nets dropped out of the Carmelo Derby and the Lakers delivered a message that the current team just isn't good enough. A road trip awaits, but a schedule of Washington, Detroit and Cleveland isn't exactly Murderer's Row. Again, stay tuned.Collapse Description
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13

25-21 1 6/16
X-Rays taken after Monday night's loss to Sacramento on the right hip of LaMarcus Aldridge were negative, but an MRI awaits. Aldridge has been on a tear, and the other Blazers have been good enough to stay in the thick of the playoff race. More bad luck, Expand Description
X-Rays taken after Monday night's loss to Sacramento on the right hip of LaMarcus Aldridge were negative, but an MRI awaits. Aldridge has been on a tear, and the other Blazers have been good enough to stay in the thick of the playoff race. More bad luck, though, is the one thing this organization does not need.Collapse Description
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14

23-21 - 10/25
More big scoring numbers, more invisible defense, more losses to the truly good teams on the schedule. The long-term attitude might be bolstered by news that the Knicks are again the perceived frontrunners in the Carmelo Derby, but high risk is also involExpand Description
More big scoring numbers, more invisible defense, more losses to the truly good teams on the schedule. The long-term attitude might be bolstered by news that the Knicks are again the perceived frontrunners in the Carmelo Derby, but high risk is also involved here. Collapse Description
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15

17-26 - 15/29
Blake Griffin isn't just a highlight-reel guy; his scoring and rebounding numbers match just about anybody's this month, and Eric Gordon has been really good on the perimeter, too. The Clippers are still learning how to win consistently, and a Texas trip Expand Description
Blake Griffin isn't just a highlight-reel guy; his scoring and rebounding numbers match just about anybody's this month, and Eric Gordon has been really good on the perimeter, too. The Clippers are still learning how to win consistently, and a Texas trip this week will certainly test their mettle. Collapse Description
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16

21-25 - 10/25
The Rockets have still been too up-and-down to make up significant ground in their playoff chase. Perhaps the fact they're the league's fourth-highest scoring team but fifth-worst defensive team is a reason why? Kevin Martin is still scoring like crazy, aExpand Description
The Rockets have still been too up-and-down to make up significant ground in their playoff chase. Perhaps the fact they're the league's fourth-highest scoring team but fifth-worst defensive team is a reason why? Kevin Martin is still scoring like crazy, and this team remains dangerous if it can get on a little roll. Collapse Description
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17

19-25 - 12/29
The Sixers have balance, athleticism and a lot of confidence. Followed a win over Utah by running away from Phoenix to sweep the season series and mark its 13th home win in the last 16. Still a team to watch as the trade deadline inches closer, but also lExpand Description
The Sixers have balance, athleticism and a lot of confidence. Followed a win over Utah by running away from Phoenix to sweep the season series and mark its 13th home win in the last 16. Still a team to watch as the trade deadline inches closer, but also looking more like a playoff team every week. Collapse Description
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18

22-23 1 8/19
Zach Randolph's big month continues. He has a league-best 12 double-doubles in January and might have played his way onto the All-Star roster. The Grizz as a whole would probably still qualify as dysfunctional, but they're hanging around the playoff race Expand Description
Zach Randolph's big month continues. He has a league-best 12 double-doubles in January and might have played his way onto the All-Star roster. The Grizz as a whole would probably still qualify as dysfunctional, but they're hanging around the playoff race and making calls to explore possible moves.Collapse Description
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19

17-28 5 19/30
Don't look now -- and don't expect an explanation -- but the Pistons are suddenly playing solid, winning basketball. Rip Hamilton has been sent to the bench, Tracy McGrady is energized and Greg Monroe has come on strong. This team was flirting with the bExpand Description
Don't look now -- and don't expect an explanation -- but the Pistons are suddenly playing solid, winning basketball. Rip Hamilton has been sent to the bench, Tracy McGrady is energized and Greg Monroe has come on strong. This team was flirting with the bottom of these rankings six weeks ago; now, it's flirting with the playoffs. Collapse Description
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20

20-23 2 10/20
The Suns often score 74 points in a half. They scored 74 in a game and lost by a point in Detroit last weekend, then ended a long and otherwise productive trip with another flat loss in Philadelphia. It looks like defenseless Phoenix is headed to the lottExpand Description
The Suns often score 74 points in a half. They scored 74 in a game and lost by a point in Detroit last weekend, then ended a long and otherwise productive trip with another flat loss in Philadelphia. It looks like defenseless Phoenix is headed to the lottery, though the Suns remain a candidate to make a move (or two, or three) next month.Collapse Description
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21

19-25 1 17/26
Stephen Curry on the trade block? It makes some sense as the Warriors clearly need a shakeup and Monta Ellis has played like an All-NBA guy over the last month. If the Warriors do move Curry they'd be asking for a lot back, and much is needed to turn thisExpand Description
Stephen Curry on the trade block? It makes some sense as the Warriors clearly need a shakeup and Monta Ellis has played like an All-NBA guy over the last month. If the Warriors do move Curry they'd be asking for a lot back, and much is needed to turn this team into an eventual legitimate contender in the loaded West.Collapse Description
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22

16-26 1 12/25
Offense showed up and lit up the scoreboard -- against Cleveland. Duh. After that, it was back to the brutal Bucks we've seen all year. The good news through the injuries and mounting losses is that Chris Douglas-Roberts looks like a keeper; problem is, hExpand Description
Offense showed up and lit up the scoreboard -- against Cleveland. Duh. After that, it was back to the brutal Bucks we've seen all year. The good news through the injuries and mounting losses is that Chris Douglas-Roberts looks like a keeper; problem is, he's the only guy scoring consistently. Collapse Description
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23

17-25 1 18/29
Starting to look again like the old, non-scoring Bobcats. D.J. Augustin is playing well and the Bobcats are making calls, trying to dump salary and position themselves for the future. Current team miraculously remains in the playoff hunt despite being eigExpand Description
Starting to look again like the old, non-scoring Bobcats. D.J. Augustin is playing well and the Bobcats are making calls, trying to dump salary and position themselves for the future. Current team miraculously remains in the playoff hunt despite being eight games under .500 as a Western road trip begins.Collapse Description
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24

16-25 1 12/25
Suddenly, Tyler Hansbrough looks like a real NBA player. But for as productive as he's been, the Pacers just can't find a winning formula. Roy Hibbert has been basically invisible, and Sunday in Denver was the Pacers' fifth straight loss. Is a shakeup aheExpand Description
Suddenly, Tyler Hansbrough looks like a real NBA player. But for as productive as he's been, the Pacers just can't find a winning formula. Roy Hibbert has been basically invisible, and Sunday in Denver was the Pacers' fifth straight loss. Is a shakeup ahead?Collapse Description
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25

10-32 - 19/30
Even before pulling a Monday night upset in Portland, the Kings were losing but competing. Tyreke Evans looks like Tyreke Evans again, Omri Casspi is firing away from beyond the arc and DeMarcus Cousins is making a few wow plays. It's too late for this sExpand Description
Even before pulling a Monday night upset in Portland, the Kings were losing but competing. Tyreke Evans looks like Tyreke Evans again, Omri Casspi is firing away from beyond the arc and DeMarcus Cousins is making a few wow plays. It's too late for this season, but there are some pieces in place. Collapse Description
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26

13-32 - 22/30
Close home loss to Memphis Monday night was the Raptors' eighth straight defeat and ninth in their last 10 games. Defense is giving up a very-Phoenix like 105 points per game, but Toronto doesn't have the offense or talent on hand to keep up. That one winExpand Description
Close home loss to Memphis Monday night was the Raptors' eighth straight defeat and ninth in their last 10 games. Defense is giving up a very-Phoenix like 105 points per game, but Toronto doesn't have the offense or talent on hand to keep up. That one win in the last 10? Yep, it was in Cleveland. Collapse Description
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27

10-34 - 23/30
Things don't get any easier for the league's worst defensive team as two teams who really need victories, the Thunder and the Jazz, are next up this week. Kevin Love continues to shine and dominate the glass; his team continues to make silly mistakes and Expand Description
Things don't get any easier for the league's worst defensive team as two teams who really need victories, the Thunder and the Jazz, are next up this week. Kevin Love continues to shine and dominate the glass; his team continues to make silly mistakes and come up just short.Collapse Description
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28

13-30 - 18/30
John Wall became the first rookie in NBA history with nine or more assists in nine straight games, and the Wizards delivered the highlight of their season with an upset of Boston. Wall has seven double-doubles this month, and Nick Young continues to shootExpand Description
John Wall became the first rookie in NBA history with nine or more assists in nine straight games, and the Wizards delivered the highlight of their season with an upset of Boston. Wall has seven double-doubles this month, and Nick Young continues to shoot the lights out. Still winless on the road.Collapse Description
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29

13-32 - 21/29
The Nets didn't just drop out of the Carmelo Derby last week. They won three games. No, that's not a misprint. What exactly is next for the organization remains unclear, but there are a few smiles around and there seems to be a commitment to eventually geExpand Description
The Nets didn't just drop out of the Carmelo Derby last week. They won three games. No, that's not a misprint. What exactly is next for the organization remains unclear, but there are a few smiles around and there seems to be a commitment to eventually getting it right. Collapse Description
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30

8-36 - 19/30
Had the Nets beat Monday night. Then the fourth quarter happened, and a late 3-pointer was off the mark. That's 17 straight losses overall and 21 straight away from home. Boston, Denver, Orlando and Miami are next. Yeah, these Cavaliers are in the basemenExpand Description
Had the Nets beat Monday night. Then the fourth quarter happened, and a late 3-pointer was off the mark. That's 17 straight losses overall and 21 straight away from home. Boston, Denver, Orlando and Miami are next. Yeah, these Cavaliers are in the basement to stay. Collapse Description
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