NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 21 Power Rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted March 15, 2011 02:05 PM EDT

Here come the Heat. And the Lakers, who are beating everybody but the Heat. Things are still very close at the top, and the Thunder are hoping the addition of Kendrick Perkins means there will be a seventh team with legitimate Finals hopes. Boston and Chicago are tied atop the East, with Miami two games behind. Buckle up for a wild finish.

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Minnesota Timberwolves

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Indiana Pacers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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47-18 - 1/10
Four-game win streak keeps them in the top spot. Things are very tight at the top as little separates the top six teams. Bulls still winning with defense and Derrick Rose, and the rest of the group is coming along nicely as they push for the top spot in tExpand Description
Four-game win streak keeps them in the top spot. Things are very tight at the top as little separates the top six teams. Bulls still winning with defense and Derrick Rose, and the rest of the group is coming along nicely as they push for the top spot in the East and the home-court advantage that comes with it. Collapse Description
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48-20 1 1/7
Kobe was so disgusted with himself last week in Miami that he went out and shot for 90 minutes — after the game. That loss was just a bump as Lakers followed with big win in Dallas and home beating of Orlando. Winnable schedule immediately ahead as the chExpand Description
Kobe was so disgusted with himself last week in Miami that he went out and shot for 90 minutes — after the game. That loss was just a bump as Lakers followed with big win in Dallas and home beating of Orlando. Winnable schedule immediately ahead as the champs are starting to look like the champs again.Collapse Description
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47-19 2 1/10
Prior to Saturday night's loss to the Lakers, the Mavericks had won 20 of 23, and all three losses had been by a single point. That's a team playing well at the right time. Though it's a team that might still might not be good enough to beat the Lakers whExpand Description
Prior to Saturday night's loss to the Lakers, the Mavericks had won 20 of 23, and all three losses had been by a single point. That's a team playing well at the right time. Though it's a team that might still might not be good enough to beat the Lakers when it counts, don't count this group out.Collapse Description
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47-18 2 1/6
Loss to the Clippers can be chalked up as just one of those things, but losing to Philly and the Nets, too? Boston is now tied with Chicago atop the East. With a tough stretch ahead the next two weeks, it may come to regret one of those losses. The good nExpand Description
Loss to the Clippers can be chalked up as just one of those things, but losing to Philly and the Nets, too? Boston is now tied with Chicago atop the East. With a tough stretch ahead the next two weeks, it may come to regret one of those losses. The good news? This group doesn't need home-court to win in May. Collapse Description
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5

46-21 1 2/10
A team that couldn't get out of its own way last week now has a strong case to be No. 1 very, very soon. Big wins over the Lakers and Spurs are huge for confidence, and the Heat stand two games behind Boston and Chicago in the standings. Talented enough tExpand Description
A team that couldn't get out of its own way last week now has a strong case to be No. 1 very, very soon. Big wins over the Lakers and Spurs are huge for confidence, and the Heat stand two games behind Boston and Chicago in the standings. Talented enough to win it all, but could they actually beat Boston when it counts?Collapse Description
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54-13 2 1/10
They're mature enough to quickly move past Monday night's disaster in Miami — it means as much as their 30-point win over the Heat 10 days earlier — but it's not a good sign for the postseason when Chris Bosh resembles an actual dangerous post player agaiExpand Description
They're mature enough to quickly move past Monday night's disaster in Miami — it means as much as their 30-point win over the Heat 10 days earlier — but it's not a good sign for the postseason when Chris Bosh resembles an actual dangerous post player against Tim Duncan and the Spurs' interior. Can they beat the Lakers when it counts? It will take more than home-court advantage.Collapse Description
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7

43-23 2 2/11
The opponent Monday night was just the lowly Wizards, but Kendrick Perkins made a successful OKC debut and Kevin Durant, the league's scoring leader, posted his 25th 30-point game of the season. The Thunder should win the Northwest Division and need PerkiExpand Description
The opponent Monday night was just the lowly Wizards, but Kendrick Perkins made a successful OKC debut and Kevin Durant, the league's scoring leader, posted his 25th 30-point game of the season. The Thunder should win the Northwest Division and need Perkins in order to make a significant postseason run. Stay tuned.Collapse Description
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8

42-26 1 3/11
Road trip was less than successful after a loss in overtime to Golden State and then faltering late to the Lakers in a "prove-it" game. The Magic kind of are who they are right now, and that's good but certainly not good enough against the teams standing Expand Description
Road trip was less than successful after a loss in overtime to Golden State and then faltering late to the Lakers in a "prove-it" game. The Magic kind of are who they are right now, and that's good but certainly not good enough against the teams standing in front of them. Collapse Description
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9

40-27 3 6/16
Probably the league's second-hottest team behind the Lakers, the Nuggets are 8-2 since trading Carmelo Anthony and were so hot in Monday night's road rout of the Hornets that they hit 17 3-pointers. Here comes the real "Heat" check as the next three are aExpand Description
Probably the league's second-hottest team behind the Lakers, the Nuggets are 8-2 since trading Carmelo Anthony and were so hot in Monday night's road rout of the Hornets that they hit 17 3-pointers. Here comes the real "Heat" check as the next three are at Atlanta, at Orlando and at Miami.Collapse Description
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10

37-31 2 8/19
Still waiting on Rudy Gay's return, still hanging onto the West's No. 8 spot even after a rough week and still within screaming range of the No. 6 seed. If this thought makes any sense, the Grizz might want to stay in the 8 spot and like their potential mExpand Description
Still waiting on Rudy Gay's return, still hanging onto the West's No. 8 spot even after a rough week and still within screaming range of the No. 6 seed. If this thought makes any sense, the Grizz might want to stay in the 8 spot and like their potential matchup with the Spurs better than they would like one with the Lakers or Mavs.Collapse Description
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11

37-29 1 6/16
Losing in Atlanta and Charlotte made for a very disappointing end to Eastern road trip. Blazers have played very well the past six weeks but haven't clinched anything and now face Dallas, Philly and Lakers in three of their next four as they look to get bExpand Description
Losing in Atlanta and Charlotte made for a very disappointing end to Eastern road trip. Blazers have played very well the past six weeks but haven't clinched anything and now face Dallas, Philly and Lakers in three of their next four as they look to get back on track.Collapse Description
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12

34-31 1 10/25
Blowout loss in Dallas showed this group isn't elite. Losing at home to Indiana? That's just a head-scratcher. The goal is to stay healthy, keep building chemistry and maybe even experiment with a tiny bit of defense as they prepare for the playoffs, wherExpand Description
Blowout loss in Dallas showed this group isn't elite. Losing at home to Indiana? That's just a head-scratcher. The goal is to stay healthy, keep building chemistry and maybe even experiment with a tiny bit of defense as they prepare for the playoffs, where they'll be entertaining and possibly dangerous.Collapse Description
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13

34-34 1 10/25
Snapped a seven-game losing streak vs. the Suns on Monday night. Still scoring and still hanging around the playoff race. The Rockets stand three games out and have a home-friendly schedule the rest of the way. With Kevin Martin shooting and Luis Scola inExpand Description
Snapped a seven-game losing streak vs. the Suns on Monday night. Still scoring and still hanging around the playoff race. The Rockets stand three games out and have a home-friendly schedule the rest of the way. With Kevin Martin shooting and Luis Scola in the post, they'd be a tough first-round foe for the Spurs. Collapse Description
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14

38-28 1 9/16
Win over Portland notwithstanding, still looking like the same old Hawks. Orlando is actually rooting for Atlanta to get its act together and hold onto the East's fifth slot. The Magic would much rather play the Hawks in the first round than Knicks, or evExpand Description
Win over Portland notwithstanding, still looking like the same old Hawks. Orlando is actually rooting for Atlanta to get its act together and hold onto the East's fifth slot. The Magic would much rather play the Hawks in the first round than Knicks, or even the 76ers. That says a lot. Collapse Description
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15

34-33 - 12/29
Followed up a very big win over Boston by laying an unexplainable stinker in Milwaukee and then blowing a late lead and losing in overtime at Utah. Playoff spot is basically clinched, but maturation process continues with three more important games on WesExpand Description
Followed up a very big win over Boston by laying an unexplainable stinker in Milwaukee and then blowing a late lead and losing in overtime at Utah. Playoff spot is basically clinched, but maturation process continues with three more important games on West Coast this week. They previously hadn't lost consecutive games since Jan. 19-20.Collapse Description
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39-30 1 3/17
Chris Paul had his second-best scoring night of the year vs. Denver, but the Hornets gave up a season high in points. Their hold on a playoff spot is tenuous at best despite currently standing in the No. 6 spot. An important stretch awaits as teams givingExpand Description
Chris Paul had his second-best scoring night of the year vs. Denver, but the Hornets gave up a season high in points. Their hold on a playoff spot is tenuous at best despite currently standing in the No. 6 spot. An important stretch awaits as teams giving chase get a chance to make up ground.Collapse Description
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33-32 1 10/20
There's still some thought that the Suns should trade Steve Nash this summer. Life without him right now is pretty miserable as the Suns have lost to Orlando and at Houston without him and now stand 2-1/2 games behind Memphis for the West's final playoff Expand Description
There's still some thought that the Suns should trade Steve Nash this summer. Life without him right now is pretty miserable as the Suns have lost to Orlando and at Houston without him and now stand 2-1/2 games behind Memphis for the West's final playoff spot.Collapse Description
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18

35-33 - 4/26
They've been left for dead, and they're probably still not going to make the playoffs, but Monday night's rally keeps their playoff hopes on life support. The Jazz stand ninth, two games behind Memphis, and get a head-to-head game this week with the GrizzExpand Description
They've been left for dead, and they're probably still not going to make the playoffs, but Monday night's rally keeps their playoff hopes on life support. The Jazz stand ninth, two games behind Memphis, and get a head-to-head game this week with the Grizz. Utah might be better off in the lottery, but it's still fun to see an actual race.Collapse Description
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26-42 3 15/29
Just went 3-2 on a five-game road trip that included a big win at Boston. Finally get an extended homestand now and a chance to keep building for the future. Won't go to the playoffs this year, but it looks like this franchise — maybe and finally — has itExpand Description
Just went 3-2 on a five-game road trip that included a big win at Boston. Finally get an extended homestand now and a chance to keep building for the future. Won't go to the playoffs this year, but it looks like this franchise — maybe and finally — has it together for the not-so-distant future.Collapse Description
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20

28-38 - 18/29
Last week at this time, Charlotte had a five-game losing streak. Now the Bobcats have won two in a row and stand dead even with the Pacers in what might be the worst race for a final playoff spot in NBA history. First team to 36 wins goes to the postseasoExpand Description
Last week at this time, Charlotte had a five-game losing streak. Now the Bobcats have won two in a row and stand dead even with the Pacers in what might be the worst race for a final playoff spot in NBA history. First team to 36 wins goes to the postseason? With this group, 34 or 35 might actually be enough. Collapse Description
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22-43 3 21/29
This Deron Williams is a pretty good player, eh? He was awesome against the Celtics on Monday night and the Nets have won five straight games — yes, the Nets — for the first time since early 2008. It's probably too late for a real playoff push, but it's nExpand Description
This Deron Williams is a pretty good player, eh? He was awesome against the Celtics on Monday night and the Nets have won five straight games — yes, the Nets — for the first time since early 2008. It's probably too late for a real playoff push, but it's not like the teams in front of them are going to win much. Collapse Description
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22

30-37 1 17/26
Topped the Magic in a wild one, but this team hasn't won consistently all year and has been especially bad at capitalizing on momentum since the All-Star break. Case in point: Monday night's loss at the Kings. The main culprit, again, is the league's secoExpand Description
Topped the Magic in a wild one, but this team hasn't won consistently all year and has been especially bad at capitalizing on momentum since the All-Star break. Case in point: Monday night's loss at the Kings. The main culprit, again, is the league's second-worst scoring defense. Collapse Description
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17-51 4 23/30
One final standing ovation at your cubicle for Kevin Love, whose streak of consecutive double-doubles ended at 53 games last weekend. Now, what we do we say about the Timberwolves? Um, they'll have another high draft choice. And at this time next year theExpand Description
One final standing ovation at your cubicle for Kevin Love, whose streak of consecutive double-doubles ended at 53 games last weekend. Now, what we do we say about the Timberwolves? Um, they'll have another high draft choice. And at this time next year they might have Ricky Rubio. Maybe.Collapse Description
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24

28-38 5 12/25
Losing by 26 to the Timberwolves — yes, the Pacers really did that last week — is grounds for extreme punishment. And laughter. Pacers actually lost six in a row before winning at the Knicks on Sunday night. The scary/sad news is they're probably still goExpand Description
Losing by 26 to the Timberwolves — yes, the Pacers really did that last week — is grounds for extreme punishment. And laughter. Pacers actually lost six in a row before winning at the Knicks on Sunday night. The scary/sad news is they're probably still going to make the playoffs as the East's eighth seed. Collapse Description
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25

26-39 2 12/25
Scored 22 points in the first half at Boston on Sunday night and 56 for the game. That's a low for the season leaguewide — even lower than the Cavs at the Lakers — but it has been par for the Bucks' course this season. Believe it or not, the Bucks are stiExpand Description
Scored 22 points in the first half at Boston on Sunday night and 56 for the game. That's a low for the season leaguewide — even lower than the Cavs at the Lakers — but it has been par for the Bucks' course this season. Believe it or not, the Bucks are still in the playoff race. Ugh. Collapse Description
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26

23-44 1 19/30
Greg Monroe is having a pretty good rookie season. The rest of the franchise is pretty much a mess. The Pistons have lost three straight and eight of 10 and — you guessed it — are still alive for the East's No. 8 seed. Cover your eyes.
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16-49 1 19/30
Snapped a miserable six-game losing streak with a wild home win over Golden State on Monday night. The big story is still off the court as the potential move to Anaheim moves forward. The people of Sacramento deserve better, do they not?
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28

18-48 - 22/30
Finally, a miserable Eastern Conference team that isn't alive in the playoff race. The Raptors have lost seven of 10 and, in what's becoming a tradition, are still giving up points in big bunches. At least a few hundred will be in attendance for WednesdayExpand Description
Finally, a miserable Eastern Conference team that isn't alive in the playoff race. The Raptors have lost seven of 10 and, in what's becoming a tradition, are still giving up points in big bunches. At least a few hundred will be in attendance for Wednesday's game with the Pistons.Collapse Description
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16-49 - 18/30
These guys are an NBA team in that the players get paid and a few people still pay to see them play. They're doing little else to resemble a pro team on a nightly basis, and it's clear this season can't end soon enough. They have one road win all season aExpand Description
These guys are an NBA team in that the players get paid and a few people still pay to see them play. They're doing little else to resemble a pro team on a nightly basis, and it's clear this season can't end soon enough. They have one road win all season and have been outscored by 67 points in their past three, all at home. Collapse Description
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12-53 - 19/30
The losing, the turmoil and the bad luck have been bad. But after a decent stretch — a great one by January's standards — the Cavs are back to playing bad basketball and coach Byron Scott is questioning his players' passion and effort. It gets no worse inExpand Description
The losing, the turmoil and the bad luck have been bad. But after a decent stretch — a great one by January's standards — the Cavs are back to playing bad basketball and coach Byron Scott is questioning his players' passion and effort. It gets no worse in pro sports. Collapse Description
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