NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 3 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:41 PM EST

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New Orleans Pelicans

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Oklahoma City Thunder

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

7-0 - 1/7
Just win, baby. The Lakers continue to outclass the rest of the field by spreading the wealth, dominating at the defensive end and getting big baskets when they need them most. Law of averages says they'll eventually lose their share, but they're by far tExpand Description
Just win, baby. The Lakers continue to outclass the rest of the field by spreading the wealth, dominating at the defensive end and getting big baskets when they need them most. Law of averages says they'll eventually lose their share, but they're by far the best right now.Collapse Description
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2

6-2 - 1/6
Tough road trip started with a win in Oklahoma City, followed by a loss in Dallas after a late collapse. Old pros now await a hostile trip to Miami Thursday night but have one weapon the Heat don't: Rajon Rondo, who keeps dominating games.
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3

6-0 6 3/17
Chris Paul is still on fire, and this ranking was earned via their nationally-televised win over the Heat. But the Hornets keep playing solid defense, keep getting contributions from Paul's friends and are gaining confidence with each win.
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4

5-2 1 2/10
They just brutalize bad teams and headline the highlight reels almost every time out. But they still have loads of work to do as a basketball team, and until and unless the chemistry and post defense improve, Riley's Grand Experiment won't headline the FiExpand Description
They just brutalize bad teams and headline the highlight reels almost every time out. But they still have loads of work to do as a basketball team, and until and unless the chemistry and post defense improve, Riley's Grand Experiment won't headline the Finals.Collapse Description
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5

5-1 5 1/10
Manu Ginobili is making almost everything he fires up, and the Spurs keep scoring at a torrid pace. Getting 124 in a wild overtime win over the Rockets helped the average, but the Spurs are in stride and getting up and down the floor.
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6

5-1 1 3/11
It's been a slow, under-the-radar start as the Magic had a game cancelled and got blown out in their only really big one at Miami. But if they stay healthy and Dwight Howard keeps going at the pace he's been, they'll pick things up and probably climb thesExpand Description
It's been a slow, under-the-radar start as the Magic had a game cancelled and got blown out in their only really big one at Miami. But if they stay healthy and Dwight Howard keeps going at the pace he's been, they'll pick things up and probably climb these rankings in the coming weeks.Collapse Description
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7

3-3 - 1/10
Had last weekend off after back-to-back losses to the Knicks and Celtics, then closed with a flurry to beat Denver on Monday night. Bulls have a chance to get on a roll with the first of three straight at home in the books and Derrick Rose and Joakim NoahExpand Description
Had last weekend off after back-to-back losses to the Knicks and Celtics, then closed with a flurry to beat Denver on Monday night. Bulls have a chance to get on a roll with the first of three straight at home in the books and Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah both continuing to play very well.Collapse Description
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8

4-2 - 1/10
Dirk Nowitzki shed the long locks in favor of a buzz cut. A big Jason Terry 3 helped Dallas top Boston and shed its home-court struggles. The Mavericks have the pieces and know they'll be in it at the end, but there's not much margin for error in the ultrExpand Description
Dirk Nowitzki shed the long locks in favor of a buzz cut. A big Jason Terry 3 helped Dallas top Boston and shed its home-court struggles. The Mavericks have the pieces and know they'll be in it at the end, but there's not much margin for error in the ultra-competitive Southwest Division.Collapse Description
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9

3-3 5 4/26
Set to start the newly-dangerous Florida road trip in Miami Tuesday night. To get one from either the Heat or the Magic they'll need Deron Williams to stay hot and Paul Millsap to keep earning the money the Jazz gave him last summer. He's averaging 20 poiExpand Description
Set to start the newly-dangerous Florida road trip in Miami Tuesday night. To get one from either the Heat or the Magic they'll need Deron Williams to stay hot and Paul Millsap to keep earning the money the Jazz gave him last summer. He's averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds thus far.Collapse Description
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10

5-3 4 6/16
A home overtime loss to OKC came after the Blazers led most of the night. The good news is the Blazers are deep, still awaiting Greg Oden and have room -- and plenty of time -- for improvement.
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11

3-3 7 2/11
Jeff Green is limping, Russell Westbook is forcing things and the Thunder are still searching for offensive continuity. Kevin Durant will get things rolling eventually, but for now OKC is clearly a step behind the league's big boys.
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12

3-4 1 10/20
Probably have played the league's toughest schedule thus far and have some impressive road wins. But home losses to the Lakers and Spurs and old habit of defensive lapses have kept a streaky team from catching a real roll to this point.
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13

6-2 2 9/16
These guys are who we thought they were: Veteran, capable of scoring in a hurry, good enough to beat bad teams and not good enough to beat the good ones. Close loss in Orlando Monday night was their second straight after a 6-0 start.
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14

4-3 2 6/16
Split a home-and-home with the Mavericks, then faltered late despite Carmelo Anthony's big night in Chicago. Carmelo continues to dominate the ball and the headlines, but the uncertainty surrounding him leaves everyone in limbo.
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15

4-4 - 8/19
Western road trip was a disaster with three straight losses before a win in Sacramento. Started the week by avenging an OT loss in Phoenix, now prepping for home dates with Dallas and Boston. We'll know a lot more about the Grizz next week.
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16

2-5 1 12/25
Tough luck and a very tough schedule are bigger reasons for their 2-5 start than bad basketball. If the nicks and bruises don't add up and John Salmons stays hot from the perimeter, they'll challenge the Bulls in the Central.
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17

5-2 3 17/26
Monta Ellis was scoring like crazy, guys in Warriors jerseys were actually playing some defense and then ... the Warriors lost in Detroit. Then Ellis got hurt in Toronto. Steph Curry is healthy and starting to go wild, but the Warriors need both guards heExpand Description
Monta Ellis was scoring like crazy, guys in Warriors jerseys were actually playing some defense and then ... the Warriors lost in Detroit. Then Ellis got hurt in Toronto. Steph Curry is healthy and starting to go wild, but the Warriors need both guards healthy and active.Collapse Description
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18

1-5 2 10/25
Finally got in the win column as the hapless T-Wolves laid down Sunday night. To consistently get back there, the Rockets need to be better on the defensive end. Still too early to press the panic button for a team that's adaptable and deep.
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19

3-3 - 19/30
Reality came in the form of a second-half clinic by the Lakers last Wednesday, then that was followed by a home loss to the desperate Grizzlies. The Kings are making progress, though, and are certainly a team worth watching as the season progresses.
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20

3-3 2 19/30
Swept a weekend road trip thanks to Mo Williams and Andy Varejao and own a piece of first place in the Central. That first-place standing is likely very temporary, but Byron Scott's guys are playing fast and ready to welcome Antawn Jamison (knee) back.
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21

2-3 3 12/25
Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger continue to play well, but that opening-night win in San Antonio looks like an aberration. With five of the next six at home and four of those against quality opponents, now's the time to prove it wasn't.
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22

3-3 1 10/25
There is no D in New York, as evidenced by the 106 the Knicks gave up in a Sunday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Toney Douglas (16.5 ppg) has been a nice offensive surprise and the national TV upset of Chicago was impressive, but the Knicks still lack consExpand Description
There is no D in New York, as evidenced by the 106 the Knicks gave up in a Sunday matinee loss to Philadelphia. Toney Douglas (16.5 ppg) has been a nice offensive surprise and the national TV upset of Chicago was impressive, but the Knicks still lack consistency.Collapse Description
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23

1-6 3 15/29
Played much better last week than they did in the first, shocking the Thunder to get in the win column before losing in OT at Utah. They'll need to keep it up with games at New Orleans and San Antonio on tap.
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24

2-5 5 12/29
Still getting flashes from Evan Turner and big offensive numbers all around, especially from Elton Brand. But Andre Iguodala is hurt and doesn't look to be happy, and the 76ers are clearly still very much in rebuilding mode.
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25

1-4 2 18/30
We saw last week that John Wall can dance, and that he can also really, really play. But the Wizards as a whole aren't right, not with Gilbert Arenas coming off the bench and trying to play himself into shape, and not with a totally porous defense.
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26

2-4 2 21/29
Derrick Favors continues to impress, and a potential Carmelo trade remains a hot-button issue. In the meantime the Nets have lost four straight after a 2-0 start, conjuring bad memories of last year.
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27

1-6 2 18/29
Still playing good defense, just not scoring and not winning. The Bobcats rank 29th in the league in scoring and 28th in rebounding as of this writing and don't seem to be having much fun on the floor. A narrow loss to the Spurs looked a lot like a few ofExpand Description
Still playing good defense, just not scoring and not winning. The Bobcats rank 29th in the league in scoring and 28th in rebounding as of this writing and don't seem to be having much fun on the floor. A narrow loss to the Spurs looked a lot like a few of the others.Collapse Description
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28

2-5 2 19/30
Followed an 0-5 start with two straight wins to create some momentum. But Rodney Stuckey is fighting with the coach, the lineup keeps changing and the only real headlines came when Charlie Villanueva called out Kevin Garnett via Twitter. Long road ahead.
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29

1-6 2 22/30
Maybe coming back from a long and miserable Western road trip can cure what ails the Raps. Or maybe it's just going to be a really long year. They keep firing shots but couldn't make enough to chase down Golden State Monday night.
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30

1-6 2 23/30
Kevin Love is all over the glass -- all over the entire stat sheet, really -- but the Wolves are still a mess. They give up tons of points and just can't keep pace with quality opponents.
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