NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 4 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:41 PM EST

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+5

Brooklyn Nets

-6

Los Angeles Clippers

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

8-2 - 1/7
The short-term good news? Lamar Odom's MRI showed no damage. Two straight losses showed some vulnerability and loosened the Lakers' grip on the top spot, but they've still got the best mix and are still built to confidently move past this rough stretch.
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2

8-2 - 1/6
Paul Pierce was so happy to take his talents to South Beach that he tweaked the Heat with a postgame tweet. His team has more than tweaked the Heat twice, keeps playing fast thanks to Rajon Rondo and still appears to be the class of the East.
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3

8-1 - 3/17
They'll get a chance to avenge their first loss in a home rematch with the Mavericks Wednesday. But this team remains dangerous because Chris Paul is still doing little wrong, and now Peja Stojakovic looks like he'll get a chance to add scoring punch. MigExpand Description
They'll get a chance to avenge their first loss in a home rematch with the Mavericks Wednesday. But this team remains dangerous because Chris Paul is still doing little wrong, and now Peja Stojakovic looks like he'll get a chance to add scoring punch. Might not be ranked this high next week, but this team looks legit. Collapse Description
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4

8-1 1 1/10
Manu Ginobli's roll continues, and the whole team reaps the rewards. The Spurs probably can't keep up this pace but they're scoring points, having fun and setting a positive tone with this hot start.
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5

7-4 4 4/26
Monday night's home loss to OKC wasn't all that shocking considering the Jazz were coming off one of the greatest road trips ever, rallying from double digits each night to beat Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte. Deron Williams and Paul Millsap are roExpand Description
Monday night's home loss to OKC wasn't all that shocking considering the Jazz were coming off one of the greatest road trips ever, rallying from double digits each night to beat Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Charlotte. Deron Williams and Paul Millsap are rolling, Al Jefferson is slowly catching on and Utah is a contender. Collapse Description
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6

6-4 2 2/10
Blew a 22-point lead in an overtime loss to the Jazz, then got dominated again by Boston, this time at home. LeBron keeps speaking out and making many scratch their heads. Chemistry might be building, but post-play issues aren't going away.
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7

7-2 1 1/10
Mavs are moving the ball and finding a groove. Big fourth quarter helped them rally and sink the Hornets in Dallas on Monday night, but they won't be able to count on holding Chris Paul to two second-half points in Wednesday's rematch. Certainly a team toExpand Description
Mavs are moving the ball and finding a groove. Big fourth quarter helped them rally and sink the Hornets in Dallas on Monday night, but they won't be able to count on holding Chris Paul to two second-half points in Wednesday's rematch. Certainly a team to watch. Collapse Description
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8

5-3 1 1/10
Derrick Rose went on a tear last week; not surprisingly, the result was a 3-0 stretch. Joakim Noah keeps impacting the paint and the players are learning Tom Thibodeau. Tougher games lie ahead, but this team looks like it belongs.
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9

7-3 3 3/11
Dwight Howard has been mostly dominant, but the team as a whole has suffered unexplainable dry spells and brain cramps. Losing to Toronto at home is absolutely inexcusable, but it can be forgotten with a national TV win this Thursday over the red-hot SunsExpand Description
Dwight Howard has been mostly dominant, but the team as a whole has suffered unexplainable dry spells and brain cramps. Losing to Toronto at home is absolutely inexcusable, but it can be forgotten with a national TV win this Thursday over the red-hot Suns.Collapse Description
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10

6-4 2 10/20
They'll miss Robin Lopez in the post, as the 7-footer is expected to miss six weeks. But they just completed a Lakers-Nuggets double by playing the fast, confident, selfless brand they're known for. Hakim Warrick and Hedo Turkoglu will have to do more in Expand Description
They'll miss Robin Lopez in the post, as the 7-footer is expected to miss six weeks. But they just completed a Lakers-Nuggets double by playing the fast, confident, selfless brand they're known for. Hakim Warrick and Hedo Turkoglu will have to do more in Lopez's absence.Collapse Description
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11

6-4 - 2/11
Serge Ibaka making jumpers? Believe it. The Thunder still don't have their full swagger back, but they're playing more like a team that belongs than they were early in the season. Kevin Durant took charge late in Monday night's win at Utah, and that's a gExpand Description
Serge Ibaka making jumpers? Believe it. The Thunder still don't have their full swagger back, but they're playing more like a team that belongs than they were early in the season. Kevin Durant took charge late in Monday night's win at Utah, and that's a good sign for the near future. Collapse Description
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12

5-5 4 12/25
Last week we said this team was better than its 2-5 record. The Bucks have won three straight since, and all they have to do to keep that going is beat the Lakers. Bucks are sharing the ball well and playing much-improved defense.
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13

6-5 3 6/16
Brandon Roy's knee is back in the headlines (and too often back in the MRI machine). That's not good news for a team that's still trying to find its way and still a step behind the West's best teams.
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14

7-4 1 9/16
Needed to see Minnesota to break a four-game losing streak that quickly erased good vibes earned in 6-0 start. The difference? The level of competition greatly increased and the defense faltered. Big ones with Dallas and Boston lie ahead.
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15

5-5 1 6/16
Looked good down the stretch in handing the Lakers their first loss last Thursday night. But otherwise have looked about like their record says: A 5-5 basketball team lacking confidence and a true identity.
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16

4-7 1 8/19
Road woes continue -- and OT home loss to Boston was a kick in the gut, too. The Grizz were never really in Monday night's loss in Orlando, and for now it appears they're pretty far from having the chemistry and maturity to win those games.
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17

7-4 - 17/26
They're still riding a bit of a roller coaster, but they're also creating matchup headaches and scoring like they used to in spurts. Monta Ellis keeps going at a torrid pace and Steph Curry is showing polish and maturity.
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18

3-6 - 10/25
Even without the injured Aaron Brooks, the Rockets are getting up and down the floor and scoring like crazy. But they entered the week ranked 28th in points allowed, and to keep this mini-win streak going they'll need to defend well with the Bulls and ThuExpand Description
Even without the injured Aaron Brooks, the Rockets are getting up and down the floor and scoring like crazy. But they entered the week ranked 28th in points allowed, and to keep this mini-win streak going they'll need to defend well with the Bulls and Thunder next on the schedule. Collapse Description
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19

4-4 2 12/25
Danny Granger is really, really good. A lot of teams the Pacers have been playing are not. That's a winning combo in the here and now; Roy Hibbert's continued development and maturity from Darren Collison are keys going forward.
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20

3-6 1 19/30
Losing at home to the Pistons is not what this team had in mind. DeMarcus Cousins isn't happy -- to the surprise of few -- but at least some of these growing pains were expected for a team that's at least somewhat improved despite entering the week at 3-6Expand Description
Losing at home to the Pistons is not what this team had in mind. DeMarcus Cousins isn't happy -- to the surprise of few -- but at least some of these growing pains were expected for a team that's at least somewhat improved despite entering the week at 3-6. Collapse Description
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21

4-6 5 21/29
Pulled away from the hapless Clippers on Monday night in L.A. even after Devin Harris was ejected. It's a process -- and, for now, a very slow one -- but Avery Johnson sees improvement from his team.
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22

4-5 2 19/30
Playing shorthanded certainly doesn't help, but this team still can't score when it needs to and is struggling to find an identity. Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao better get healthy quickly with a weekend road trip to New Orleans and San Antonio ahead.
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23

4-7 4 18/29
Uncharacteristic defensive collapse allowed Jazz to rally and steal one, as Utah does. Defense no-showed against the T'Wolves, but the offense showed up and missed free throws bailed them out. D.J. Augustin showing flash, still lacking consistency.
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24

2-8 - 12/29
Andre Iguodala is limping, and Doug Collins has gone to his backcourt of the future in Jrue Holliday and Evan Turner. Those guys are very talented, but very young. Even with Elton Brand scoring, consistency and ability to even compete with the league's beExpand Description
Andre Iguodala is limping, and Doug Collins has gone to his backcourt of the future in Jrue Holliday and Evan Turner. Those guys are very talented, but very young. Even with Elton Brand scoring, consistency and ability to even compete with the league's best are still big problems.Collapse Description
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25

3-7 3 10/25
Losses keep piling up (five straight at this writing), and Amar'e Stoudemire spoke up about a lack of passion after the latest. A trip west probably won't solve the issues for a team that's not currently doing much of anything well.
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26

2-6 1 18/30
John Wall's foot injury is the current primary concern for a team that has plenty of them. But Wall continues to show flashes, even in defeat, and this season is about figuring which guys to keep with Wall for the next step of this long-term project.
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27

4-7 1 19/30
Went 2-2 on a Western road trip and actually showed some fight. Problem is, some of that fight was Tayshaun Prince going at it with head coach John Kuester on the bench. You have to believe a roster shakeup of some sort is coming soon.
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28

2-8 1 22/30
How do you explain the Raptors beating Orlando, in Orlando? If you're the Raptors, you don't explain it. You just enjoy it. This week brings winnable trips to Washington and Philadelphia.
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29

1-10 6 15/29
Eric Gordon keeps scoring, Blake Griffin keeps soaring ... and the Clippers as a whole keep playing terrible basketball. They're missing Chris Kaman and Baron Davis, not defending and doing too much standing and watching Gordon shoot.
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30

3-9 - 23/30
Kevin Love's amazing 30/30 game put the T'Wolves the headlines. Monday night's late collapse in Charlotte, complete with a late injury to Love, is why chances are it'll be a while before they get there again.
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