NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 24 Power Rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted April 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT

The Celtics and Lakers are playing for the postseason. The Nuggets are wishing the postseason was now. The Spurs have lost so much that they could lose their grip on home-court advantage, and the Celtics seem content to surrender theirs to save energy. They'll still be up for Miami's visit Sunday, though, and that game should be better television than any of the races for the bottom of the bracket playoff spots.

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Boston Celtics

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Dallas Mavericks

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

55-21 - 1/7
Lost at home to the Nuggets Sunday in a playoff-type game, but that didn't create an ounce of panic in the locker room. There's some concern about Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum being healthy, but all attention is on the games that really count and the LakersExpand Description
Lost at home to the Nuggets Sunday in a playoff-type game, but that didn't create an ounce of panic in the locker room. There's some concern about Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum being healthy, but all attention is on the games that really count and the Lakers won't take risks just to chase down home court. They know they're the West's best. Collapse Description
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2

56-20 - 1/10
They're still playing the league's best defense and still getting clutch shots from Derrick Rose. They've quietly put themselves in the mix for the league's best record and know they're hosting Boston Thursday in one that the nation will be watching but oExpand Description
They're still playing the league's best defense and still getting clutch shots from Derrick Rose. They've quietly put themselves in the mix for the league's best record and know they're hosting Boston Thursday in one that the nation will be watching but one that's bigger for their own confidence on the brink of the postseason. Collapse Description
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3

53-23 3 1/6
Right now, the Celtics basically stink. There's not much concern about right now in the locker room but there is concern about Shaquille O'Neal, who came back and immediately got hurt again. The Celtics are going to need Shaq in the paint, at least in spuExpand Description
Right now, the Celtics basically stink. There's not much concern about right now in the locker room but there is concern about Shaquille O'Neal, who came back and immediately got hurt again. The Celtics are going to need Shaq in the paint, at least in spurts, when the games really count and don't seem concerned about Miami getting the No. 2 seed.Collapse Description
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54-23 3 2/10
For all the hype, distraction and expectation, it comes down to this for the Heat: Miami has yet to beat Boston and isn't going anywhere in May until and unless it can beat Boston. That makes Sunday's game huge but, regardless of that result, means the HeExpand Description
For all the hype, distraction and expectation, it comes down to this for the Heat: Miami has yet to beat Boston and isn't going anywhere in May until and unless it can beat Boston. That makes Sunday's game huge but, regardless of that result, means the Heat will have the Celtics hanging over their every move from here on out. Collapse Description
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5

50-26 1 2/11
Two road losses is not the way the Thunder wanted to set up Tuesday night's likely first-round preview with Denver, but the Thunder still feel they've made huge strides over the last month and are prepared for a legitimate playoff push. They're still goinExpand Description
Two road losses is not the way the Thunder wanted to set up Tuesday night's likely first-round preview with Denver, but the Thunder still feel they've made huge strides over the last month and are prepared for a legitimate playoff push. They're still going to have to be better in halfcourt settings, but it's going to be tough to bet against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Collapse Description
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6

47-29 2 6/16
Sunday's win at the Lakers isn't enough to make the Nuggets the top team -- let's be serious here, folks -- but it was a huge statement to the rest of the league that these guys can win the really big ones. They're 15-4 since trading Carmelo, playing the Expand Description
Sunday's win at the Lakers isn't enough to make the Nuggets the top team -- let's be serious here, folks -- but it was a huge statement to the rest of the league that these guys can win the really big ones. They're 15-4 since trading Carmelo, playing the right way and looking really, really dangerous when the playoffs begin. Collapse Description
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7

58-19 2 1/10
Losing their huge lead for home-court throughout the playoffs once seemed impossible. Well, a six-game losing skid and a rough patch of injuries and bad basketball have made it possible. Getting guys back and running Phoenix out of the gym Sunday was a a Expand Description
Losing their huge lead for home-court throughout the playoffs once seemed impossible. Well, a six-game losing skid and a rough patch of injuries and bad basketball have made it possible. Getting guys back and running Phoenix out of the gym Sunday was a a temporary fix, but can this team get its groove back with the playoffs right around the corner? Collapse Description
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8

53-24 5 1/10
Lost three straight and aren't beating the West's other playoff teams, and that doesn't bode well for what's ahead. Matter of fact, the last time the Mavs beat a Western playoff team was way back on Jan. 19 when they beat the Lakers. Those two earlier winExpand Description
Lost three straight and aren't beating the West's other playoff teams, and that doesn't bode well for what's ahead. Matter of fact, the last time the Mavs beat a Western playoff team was way back on Jan. 19 when they beat the Lakers. Those two earlier win streaks are now long forgotten, and talk of past playoff failures is dominating the local headlines. Collapse Description
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9

44-33 - 8/19
Winners of four straight continue to play like they don't miss Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph's play in the post makes Memphis a really dangerous first-round opponent. With the next three at home and only one (New Orleans) of those against a winning team, thExpand Description
Winners of four straight continue to play like they don't miss Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph's play in the post makes Memphis a really dangerous first-round opponent. With the next three at home and only one (New Orleans) of those against a winning team, the momentum has a chance to continue. Collapse Description
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10

45-32 - 6/16
Stringing together some quality wins, playing serious defense and employing a true home-court advantage. With the way the Spurs and Mavs are struggling, shouldn't the Blazers feel good about their chances in a first-round playoff series? If Gerald WallaceExpand Description
Stringing together some quality wins, playing serious defense and employing a true home-court advantage. With the way the Spurs and Mavs are struggling, shouldn't the Blazers feel good about their chances in a first-round playoff series? If Gerald Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge keep it up, look out. Collapse Description
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11

48-29 - 3/11
New week, same story as the Magic continue to play with nothing to play for and it shows in the results. The latest example is a loss at hapless Toronto. J.J. Redick is out at least a week and the Magic will continue to play with preseason intensity. Can Expand Description
New week, same story as the Magic continue to play with nothing to play for and it shows in the results. The latest example is a loss at hapless Toronto. J.J. Redick is out at least a week and the Magic will continue to play with preseason intensity. Can they turn it up when it counts? At least the first-round opponent should be Atlanta. Collapse Description
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12

44-33 2 3/17
Credit goes to Chris Paul and this team's other veteran leaders as they've gone 4-2 since David West went down and need just a couple more wins to assure themselves a playoff spot. Emeka Okafor has been a monster on the boards, and if the Spurs keep strugExpand Description
Credit goes to Chris Paul and this team's other veteran leaders as they've gone 4-2 since David West went down and need just a couple more wins to assure themselves a playoff spot. Emeka Okafor has been a monster on the boards, and if the Spurs keep struggling Paul could at least make a potential first-round series interesting. Collapse Description
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13

40-37 1 12/29
Big mid-week game with Boston is really big for a couple of reasons. It seems like a potential 3 vs. 6 playoff preview, and with the Celtics then moving on to play Chicago and Miami, the Sixers have a chance to let Boston know they shouldn't be overlookedExpand Description
Big mid-week game with Boston is really big for a couple of reasons. It seems like a potential 3 vs. 6 playoff preview, and with the Celtics then moving on to play Chicago and Miami, the Sixers have a chance to let Boston know they shouldn't be overlooked in the coming weeks. Collapse Description
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14

41-36 1 10/25
Trying like crazy to overcome that nightmare start and make a late push at the playoffs, but they're simply running out of time to make up three games. Have won consecutive games over Atlanta and San Antonio but trail both the Grizz and the Hornets, theirExpand Description
Trying like crazy to overcome that nightmare start and make a late push at the playoffs, but they're simply running out of time to make up three games. Have won consecutive games over Atlanta and San Antonio but trail both the Grizz and the Hornets, their opponent Wednesday night in a make-or-break situation. Collapse Description
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15

38-38 - 10/25
It's sure starting to look like the Knicks and the Heat will match up in the first round of the playoffs. That will sure be interesting, but can the Knicks play enough defense to win the series? They'll have a huge advantage at point guard with Chauncey BExpand Description
It's sure starting to look like the Knicks and the Heat will match up in the first round of the playoffs. That will sure be interesting, but can the Knicks play enough defense to win the series? They'll have a huge advantage at point guard with Chauncey Billups, who holds their greatest chance at an upset. Collapse Description
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16

44-33 - 9/16
Could there possibly be a worse way to set up a 4 vs. 5 playoff series than the way the Hawks and Magic are going about things right now? Tuesday night's game with the Spurs is one the Spurs need, and it could be the Hawks' last chance to show their fans Expand Description
Could there possibly be a worse way to set up a 4 vs. 5 playoff series than the way the Hawks and Magic are going about things right now? Tuesday night's game with the Spurs is one the Spurs need, and it could be the Hawks' last chance to show their fans they can win a big one before the postseason begins. Collapse Description
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17

37-39 - 10/20
Well, at least they've taken Vince Carter out of the starting lineup. And hopefully they can get Steve Nash some well-deserved rest. Another year for Nash in Phoenix will end in disappointment as the Suns are headed for the lottery and a very uncertain fuExpand Description
Well, at least they've taken Vince Carter out of the starting lineup. And hopefully they can get Steve Nash some well-deserved rest. Another year for Nash in Phoenix will end in disappointment as the Suns are headed for the lottery and a very uncertain future. Will they trade Nash? No one seems to know. Collapse Description
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18

30-47 - 15/29
Not playing for anything this year, but the Clippers' next four games -- Memphis, OKC, Dallas and Houston -- are all against teams that need the wins for playoff positioning. The Clippers get to play spoiler and play for the future, and for a franchise thExpand Description
Not playing for anything this year, but the Clippers' next four games -- Memphis, OKC, Dallas and Houston -- are all against teams that need the wins for playoff positioning. The Clippers get to play spoiler and play for the future, and for a franchise that's been this bad for so long, a little confidence boost now might pay off in the future. Collapse Description
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19

35-43 - 12/25
Just like last week and many weeks before, the Pacers are still really, really bad. But barring a total collapse, they're going to make the playoffs and probably play the Bulls in the first round. And they'll probably be quickly eliminated and forgotten. Expand Description
Just like last week and many weeks before, the Pacers are still really, really bad. But barring a total collapse, they're going to make the playoffs and probably play the Bulls in the first round. And they'll probably be quickly eliminated and forgotten. Collapse Description
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20

32-44 - 18/29
Made an admirable push for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but this team just doesn't have the talent or the offensive firepower and now that Stephen Jackson is banged up, that two-game deficit seems completely insurmountable. Lots of work toExpand Description
Made an admirable push for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but this team just doesn't have the talent or the offensive firepower and now that Stephen Jackson is banged up, that two-game deficit seems completely insurmountable. Lots of work to do in the offseason for this bunch. Collapse Description
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21

33-44 1 17/26
Warriors became the latest team to beat Dallas last week and almost knocked off OKC after a late rally and barrage of 3-pointers sent the game to overtime. At least they'll play some semi-interesting games down the stretch as the final five include the LaExpand Description
Warriors became the latest team to beat Dallas last week and almost knocked off OKC after a late rally and barrage of 3-pointers sent the game to overtime. At least they'll play some semi-interesting games down the stretch as the final five include the Lakers, Denver and two with Portland. Collapse Description
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22

31-45 1 12/25
Not much has changed about the league's lowest-scoring and worst-shooting team. They play good defense and have some talent on the roster, but the chemistry has been as bad as the offense. At least the Bucks finish with the Pistons, Cavs and Raptors. GoodExpand Description
Not much has changed about the league's lowest-scoring and worst-shooting team. They play good defense and have some talent on the roster, but the chemistry has been as bad as the offense. At least the Bucks finish with the Pistons, Cavs and Raptors. Good seats will be available.Collapse Description
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23

26-50 1 19/30
Losers of three straight and six of seven continue to limp toward the finish. Can't imagine next year's team will resemble this group at all, and more than a few players would prefer to be first out the door. It's also tough to imagine coach John Kuester Expand Description
Losers of three straight and six of seven continue to limp toward the finish. Can't imagine next year's team will resemble this group at all, and more than a few players would prefer to be first out the door. It's also tough to imagine coach John Kuester coming back, but it's tough to tell where this franchise is headed. Collapse Description
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24

22-54 2 19/30
Tyreke Evans is back and he starred in the upset -- well, if you can call it that -- of the Jazz. It's basically an upset every time the Kings win a game, though they have won five of seven amidst talk and uncertainty involving the team's plan to move to Expand Description
Tyreke Evans is back and he starred in the upset -- well, if you can call it that -- of the Jazz. It's basically an upset every time the Kings win a game, though they have won five of seven amidst talk and uncertainty involving the team's plan to move to Anaheim next season. Collapse Description
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25

23-53 - 21/29
Deron Williams is back and the Nets should have beaten the Knicks last week. They didn't, and now they've lost six in a row and are anxious to enter an offseason in which they have to come up with some plan to convince Williams to sign a long-term extensiExpand Description
Deron Williams is back and the Nets should have beaten the Knicks last week. They didn't, and now they've lost six in a row and are anxious to enter an offseason in which they have to come up with some plan to convince Williams to sign a long-term extension. Good luck with that. Collapse Description
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26

36-41 5 4/26
The Jazz have lost eight straight, including games to Sacramento and Washington, and they're showing little interest level in participating in the rest of the season. It's sad, but it's time for the organization to move forward and put this nightmarish yeExpand Description
The Jazz have lost eight straight, including games to Sacramento and Washington, and they're showing little interest level in participating in the rest of the season. It's sad, but it's time for the organization to move forward and put this nightmarish year behind. Collapse Description
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27

20-56 2 18/30
The Wiz have won three of four, an extremely rare occurence, and have played with a little passion and like they've enjoyed themselves in the process. Should that be an all-the-time thing? Yes, but it hasn't been here. Streak could continue as Detroit visExpand Description
The Wiz have won three of four, an extremely rare occurence, and have played with a little passion and like they've enjoyed themselves in the process. Should that be an all-the-time thing? Yes, but it hasn't been here. Streak could continue as Detroit visits Tuesday. Collapse Description
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28

21-55 1 22/30
Stunned limping Orlando Sunday night to end a six-game losing skid as DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless did the scoring. Andrea Bargnani is hurt and the Raps are playing out the string, but they'll still go ahead and enjoy this win.
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29

17-60 1 23/30
Minnesota has tried really, really hard to lose every single night it plays and catch the Cavs for the league's worst record and most advantageous lottery position. It doesn't look like it will work -- the Wolves are two ahead in the win column with the sExpand Description
Minnesota has tried really, really hard to lose every single night it plays and catch the Cavs for the league's worst record and most advantageous lottery position. It doesn't look like it will work -- the Wolves are two ahead in the win column with the season running out -- but it's been a brutally hard to watch slide. Collapse Description
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30

15-61 - 19/30
Beating Miami last Tuesday didn't save or validate the season in any way, but it still was sweet for every player and coach who suffered through this debacle. The fans enjoyed it, too, and they had to. The Cavs followed up by losing in Charlotte and WashiExpand Description
Beating Miami last Tuesday didn't save or validate the season in any way, but it still was sweet for every player and coach who suffered through this debacle. The fans enjoyed it, too, and they had to. The Cavs followed up by losing in Charlotte and Washington and if they don't win again, well, they did beat LeBron.Collapse Description
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