NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 5 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:42 PM EST

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New York Knicks

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Houston Rockets

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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12-2 - 1/7
Like champions do, the Lakers followed a two-game skid with four straight wins. The Lakers remain in the top spot because the numbers say they have the league's top offense, and we know they can defend when the game is on the line. If they stay healthy, tExpand Description
Like champions do, the Lakers followed a two-game skid with four straight wins. The Lakers remain in the top spot because the numbers say they have the league's top offense, and we know they can defend when the game is on the line. If they stay healthy, they'll stay on top.Collapse Description
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12-1 2 1/10
Closed with a flurry to beat the Magic on Monday night and stay hot. They're still among the league's top scoring teams, they enter the week with the biggest margin of victory, and we know they're capable of hitting the glass and getting defensive stops wExpand Description
Closed with a flurry to beat the Magic on Monday night and stay hot. They're still among the league's top scoring teams, they enter the week with the biggest margin of victory, and we know they're capable of hitting the glass and getting defensive stops when they're needed most. Collapse Description
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10-4 1 1/6
Home loss to a Kevin Durant-less Thunder was a little shocking, while loss in Toronto with Rajon Rondo resting his tender hamstring is excusable. The Celtics got dominant redemption Monday night in Atlanta, and if the bench plays well, they'll remain the Expand Description
Home loss to a Kevin Durant-less Thunder was a little shocking, while loss in Toronto with Rajon Rondo resting his tender hamstring is excusable. The Celtics got dominant redemption Monday night in Atlanta, and if the bench plays well, they'll remain the class of the East.Collapse Description
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10-5 1 4/26
The dominant Paul Millsap isn't on the All-Star ballot? That's life for the Jazz, who continue to do good work in relative anonymity. But people will be watching Wednesday night when the Hornets visit as Deron Williams and Paul go head to head in a true pExpand Description
The dominant Paul Millsap isn't on the All-Star ballot? That's life for the Jazz, who continue to do good work in relative anonymity. But people will be watching Wednesday night when the Hornets visit as Deron Williams and Paul go head to head in a true pre-holiday treat.Collapse Description
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11-2 2 3/17
How do you explain Monday night's loss in L.A...to the Clippers? It was a back-to-back situation, and this is the NBA. These Hornets still are learning each other and still too reliant on Chris Paul. One loss is no big deal, but there's little margin for Expand Description
How do you explain Monday night's loss in L.A...to the Clippers? It was a back-to-back situation, and this is the NBA. These Hornets still are learning each other and still too reliant on Chris Paul. One loss is no big deal, but there's little margin for error in the ultra-competitive West.Collapse Description
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8-4 1 1/10
You get the feeling that Mark Cuban will make a move or two (or six, if that's what it takes) when you watch a team that's good enough to win but probably not good enough to win it all. Big week ahead with visits to Oklahoma City and San Antonio on tap.
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9-4 2 3/11
Dwight Howard continues to dominate, and there's really no shame in losing a tough one in San Antonio considering the way the Spurs are playing. But the Magic get a shot at revenge and a statement game rolled into one Wednesday night when Miami visits, anExpand Description
Dwight Howard continues to dominate, and there's really no shame in losing a tough one in San Antonio considering the way the Spurs are playing. But the Magic get a shot at revenge and a statement game rolled into one Wednesday night when Miami visits, and that one will tell us a lot.Collapse Description
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8

8-6 2 2/10
Udonis Haslem is gone for a while after foot surgery. Erick Dampier is coming to town in his place. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is the starting center. The Pacers just came in and routed a Heat team that looked uninterested and got four points from its bench. PaniExpand Description
Udonis Haslem is gone for a while after foot surgery. Erick Dampier is coming to town in his place. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is the starting center. The Pacers just came in and routed a Heat team that looked uninterested and got four points from its bench. Panic button? Maybe, maybe not. But this is not how anyone envisioned this grand plan playing out. Collapse Description
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9

10-4 2 2/11
Russell Westbrook pushed the Thunder to big wins while Kevin Durant rested, then defense had brain cramps as a full-strength team struggled to put away Minnesota on Monday night. Talent is in place, chemistry is a work in progress, and this team remains vExpand Description
Russell Westbrook pushed the Thunder to big wins while Kevin Durant rested, then defense had brain cramps as a full-strength team struggled to put away Minnesota on Monday night. Talent is in place, chemistry is a work in progress, and this team remains very, very dangerous.Collapse Description
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7-4 2 1/10
Tough Texas trip took its toll, and now the Bulls get ready to play at the Lakers without Taj Gibson. Not quite elite yet, but Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah continue to play well enough to think this team will be a very, very tough out when the postseason Expand Description
Tough Texas trip took its toll, and now the Bulls get ready to play at the Lakers without Taj Gibson. Not quite elite yet, but Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah continue to play well enough to think this team will be a very, very tough out when the postseason comes.Collapse Description
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11

8-6 4 6/16
Chauncey Billups might not be healthy, but the Nuggets are playing with confidence just in time to start a five-game homestand. Carmelo Anthony is in the headlines for scoring, not asking out, and that's good news -- in the short term, anyway.
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7-7 2 10/20
Made the Florida trip without Robin Lopez, finished it without Steve Nash and got the results you might expect from a shorthanded team trying to fight such battles. The Suns bounced back with a win over reeling Houston on Monday night and still are scorinExpand Description
Made the Florida trip without Robin Lopez, finished it without Steve Nash and got the results you might expect from a shorthanded team trying to fight such battles. The Suns bounced back with a win over reeling Houston on Monday night and still are scoring like crazy.Collapse Description
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13

8-6 - 6/16
News of Greg Oden's latest surgery and setback was disappointing leaguewide, as Oden is an easy guy to root for. Brandon Roy's absence has taken its toll, too, as the Blazers still are defending but struggle to score and remain a clear step (or two) behinExpand Description
News of Greg Oden's latest surgery and setback was disappointing leaguewide, as Oden is an easy guy to root for. Brandon Roy's absence has taken its toll, too, as the Blazers still are defending but struggle to score and remain a clear step (or two) behind the West's best.Collapse Description
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14

6-6 5 12/25
The Pacers play...defense? Yes, these guys have been giving it a shot. Riding high after a blowout win in Miami on Monday night, the Pacers still aren't consistently good, but they're making progress and getting big-time play from Roy Hibbert and Danny GrExpand Description
The Pacers play...defense? Yes, these guys have been giving it a shot. Riding high after a blowout win in Miami on Monday night, the Pacers still aren't consistently good, but they're making progress and getting big-time play from Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger.Collapse Description
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5-9 1 8/19
That dramatic weekend win over the Heat looks a little less impressive since the Pacers schooled Miami on Monday night, but the Grizzlies need to know they can beat talented teams and build on close victories. Defensive struggles are the biggest reason thExpand Description
That dramatic weekend win over the Heat looks a little less impressive since the Pacers schooled Miami on Monday night, but the Grizzlies need to know they can beat talented teams and build on close victories. Defensive struggles are the biggest reason they're 3-7 in their last 10.Collapse Description
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8-6 2 9/16
The Hawks' starters combined to score just 27 points in a blowout home loss to a Celtics team that was on a back-to-back Monday night and was without Rondo. That's pathetic, with a capital P. Hawks enter the week at 8-5 after a 6-0 start.
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5-8 5 12/25
Recovered from a slow start by finding an offensive groove. Gone cold lately, though, and enter the week on a three-game skid. They've been playing ugly but not by choice, and have too much talent to be fighting to climb out of the Central Division basemeExpand Description
Recovered from a slow start by finding an offensive groove. Gone cold lately, though, and enter the week on a three-game skid. They've been playing ugly but not by choice, and have too much talent to be fighting to climb out of the Central Division basement. Collapse Description
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5-8 5 18/29
Stephen Jackson is leading an offensive resurgence for a team that too often has none. He posted the first triple-double in team history and has been a spark. If the bench contributes and the defense stays solid, this team will compete every night and hanExpand Description
Stephen Jackson is leading an offensive resurgence for a team that too often has none. He posted the first triple-double in team history and has been a spark. If the bench contributes and the defense stays solid, this team will compete every night and hang around the East playoff picture.Collapse Description
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6-8 6 10/25
Followed a tough week with a great one, going 3-1 on a trip to the opposite coast; only a two-point loss in Denver kept it from being a perfect trip. Amar'e Stoudemire was a monster in the post and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. Now,Expand Description
Followed a tough week with a great one, going 3-1 on a trip to the opposite coast; only a two-point loss in Denver kept it from being a perfect trip. Amar'e Stoudemire was a monster in the post and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. Now, can his teammates consistently follow suit?Collapse Description
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20

7-7 3 17/26
Still awaiting David Lee's return and still struggling to win without him. Defense remains an issue, but the offense went flat, too, in consecutive losses to the Lakers and Nuggets. Golden State is fun to watch, but won't beat good teams without its full Expand Description
Still awaiting David Lee's return and still struggling to win without him. Defense remains an issue, but the offense went flat, too, in consecutive losses to the Lakers and Nuggets. Golden State is fun to watch, but won't beat good teams without its full arsenal. Collapse Description
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21

4-9 1 19/30
A young team has growing pains as inconsistencies are showing up, and a fast-paced offense has gone flat. Some of the issues were expected, but the Kings need more from their young big-names and need to find a consistent rotation to really grow.
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22

4-9 1 21/29
Tough trip West resulted in no wins, but Avery Johnson sees growth. He's getting solid play from Kris Humphries, bringing Derrick Favors along slowly and preaching defense for a team that's certainly on the improve but struggling to get the wins to prove Expand Description
Tough trip West resulted in no wins, but Avery Johnson sees growth. He's getting solid play from Kris Humphries, bringing Derrick Favors along slowly and preaching defense for a team that's certainly on the improve but struggling to get the wins to prove it.Collapse Description
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23

5-7 1 19/30
The league's top-scoring bench keeps this team in almost every game. Problem is, the starters have been anything but consistent, and a weekend roadie in New Orleans and San Antonio showed just how far the Cavaliers have to go. Keep an eye on possible lineExpand Description
The league's top-scoring bench keeps this team in almost every game. Problem is, the starters have been anything but consistent, and a weekend roadie in New Orleans and San Antonio showed just how far the Cavaliers have to go. Keep an eye on possible lineup changes from Byron Scott.Collapse Description
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5-9 4 22/30
Shook things up by moving Jarrett Jack to New Orleans and acquiring Jared Bayless and Peja Stojakovic. These Raptors are flirting with being interesting, though they're still miles away from relevance. They're certainly a team to watch, though, over the nExpand Description
Shook things up by moving Jarrett Jack to New Orleans and acquiring Jared Bayless and Peja Stojakovic. These Raptors are flirting with being interesting, though they're still miles away from relevance. They're certainly a team to watch, though, over the next several weeks.Collapse Description
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25

3-10 7 10/25
There's really no way to put a positive spin on 3-10. The Rockets have lost to a lot of good teams but to a lot of bad ones, too. They're struggling defensively, not closing well and have only the Clippers to thank for not having the West's worst record. Expand Description
There's really no way to put a positive spin on 3-10. The Rockets have lost to a lot of good teams but to a lot of bad ones, too. They're struggling defensively, not closing well and have only the Clippers to thank for not having the West's worst record. There's too much talent here for that.Collapse Description
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5-8 1 19/30
Improved defense has helped a team that still lacks identity to a couple wins. While Joe Dumars shops his veterans and looks ahead, the Pistons are prepping for a tough stretch that includes games in Florida and Texas. Ouch.
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4-8 1 18/30
John Wall's foot injury kept him out another week, and the Wizards clearly missed him while enduring more near-misses. Maybe this break will be good for Wall in the long run; the Wizards hope so, because they have very few positives going without him.
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28

3-10 4 12/29
Andre Iguodala might be back as soon as this week, and that's good news for a team that looked young, tired and outclassed on a long road trip. Evan Turner has been pretty good, and all Sixers fans can do is hope that continues as they point toward the fuExpand Description
Andre Iguodala might be back as soon as this week, and that's good news for a team that looked young, tired and outclassed on a long road trip. Evan Turner has been pretty good, and all Sixers fans can do is hope that continues as they point toward the future.Collapse Description
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29

2-13 - 15/29
Blake Griffin makes "wow" plays. Lots of them. His young team still has lots of issues, but a home upset of the Hornets is a temporary cure and provides momentum. Still a long, tough road ahead, but Griffin makes these Clippers worth watching.
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30

4-11 - 23/30
They're scoring, and they're interesting, and they're showing fight. But the numbers show they don't win because they just can't get stops. Their minus-9.4 point differential is the league's worst, and they rank 30th in defense. Might climb out eventuallyExpand Description
They're scoring, and they're interesting, and they're showing fight. But the numbers show they don't win because they just can't get stops. Their minus-9.4 point differential is the league's worst, and they rank 30th in defense. Might climb out eventually, but for now the basement is theirs.Collapse Description
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