NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 7 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:43 PM EST

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Los Angeles Clippers

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Cleveland Cavaliers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

16-4 4 1/10
It's close at the top, and being there means little now. But the Mavericks have earned it. They enter the week riding a nine-game win streak and sporting an unmatched resume that includes road victories over San Antonio, Denver, Utah and Oklahoma City.
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2

17-3 1 1/10
Celebrated last week's top ranking by going out and losing to the Clippers. Hmm. But the Spurs still are doing lots of things right, still scoring plenty and still leading Dallas by a game in the Southwest Division entering the week.
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3

16-4 - 1/6
Still dealing with guys being in and out of the lineup, still searching for better overall bench play, but still the class of the East. The Celtics are handling their business, dominating the league's lower-tier teams, and seem anxious for the bigger chalExpand Description
Still dealing with guys being in and out of the lineup, still searching for better overall bench play, but still the class of the East. The Celtics are handling their business, dominating the league's lower-tier teams, and seem anxious for the bigger challenges coming in the weeks ahead.Collapse Description
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4

14-6 2 1/7
They look tired and a bit out of sorts. Maybe that's just Ron Artest, but there's no doubt the Lakers have hit a rough patch. Once they get to full strength, get their legs back and get Kobe and Pau Gasol going, though, they'll be climbing their way back Expand Description
They look tired and a bit out of sorts. Maybe that's just Ron Artest, but there's no doubt the Lakers have hit a rough patch. Once they get to full strength, get their legs back and get Kobe and Pau Gasol going, though, they'll be climbing their way back towards the top.Collapse Description
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5

16-6 1 4/26
Last week's home game with Dallas came with lots of hype and ended with a disappointing result. But Deron Williams is on top of his game, averaging a double-double and keeping this team rolling. He has a chance to put the brakes on streaking Miami on WednExpand Description
Last week's home game with Dallas came with lots of hype and ended with a disappointing result. But Deron Williams is on top of his game, averaging a double-double and keeping this team rolling. He has a chance to put the brakes on streaking Miami on Wednesday night.Collapse Description
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6

15-6 - 3/11
Hit probably the hardest by the league-wide flu bug, the Magic split a weekend roadie without some of their most important players. They came home and lost to the Hawks on Monday, but they're not yet at full strength. When Dwight Howard has been well, he'Expand Description
Hit probably the hardest by the league-wide flu bug, the Magic split a weekend roadie without some of their most important players. They came home and lost to the Hawks on Monday, but they're not yet at full strength. When Dwight Howard has been well, he's been very hard to handle on the block.Collapse Description
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7

14-8 3 2/10
League's most-scrutinized team appears to be improving and rides a five-game win streak into a huge game Wednesday at Utah. They're better when they're attacking, and Dwyane Wade had his fourth 20-point, 10-reboung game of the season Monday. But they stilExpand Description
League's most-scrutinized team appears to be improving and rides a five-game win streak into a huge game Wednesday at Utah. They're better when they're attacking, and Dwyane Wade had his fourth 20-point, 10-reboung game of the season Monday. But they still have beaten a whole lot of nobody thus far.Collapse Description
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8

11-8 - 1/10
Looked at last week as a big chance as Carlos Boozer returned and games with Orlando and Boston brought the spotlight. The Bulls lost both, but bounced back Monday night with a well-rounded effort to top Oklahoma City. These guys are legit contenders in tExpand Description
Looked at last week as a big chance as Carlos Boozer returned and games with Orlando and Boston brought the spotlight. The Bulls lost both, but bounced back Monday night with a well-rounded effort to top Oklahoma City. These guys are legit contenders in the East.Collapse Description
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9

13-6 2 6/16
Nuggets aren't quite where George Karl would like them to be yet, but they've made great progress. They enter the week riding a seven-game win streak after taking full advantage of a winnable home stretch and are putting pressure on Utah atop the NorthwesExpand Description
Nuggets aren't quite where George Karl would like them to be yet, but they've made great progress. They enter the week riding a seven-game win streak after taking full advantage of a winnable home stretch and are putting pressure on Utah atop the Northwest Division.Collapse Description
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10

14-8 3 2/11
The good news is that the Thunder have stayed afloat amidst a streak of tough games, bad luck and minor injuries to their key pieces. The better news is that Kevin Durant returned to the lineup Monday night and Russell Westbrook continues to play at an MVExpand Description
The good news is that the Thunder have stayed afloat amidst a streak of tough games, bad luck and minor injuries to their key pieces. The better news is that Kevin Durant returned to the lineup Monday night and Russell Westbrook continues to play at an MVP level. Scary going forward.Collapse Description
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11

13-7 2 3/17
In the headlines for the NBA¿s takeover of ownership, the on-court version of the business is reeling after a 25-point loss in San Antonio, the Hornets' fourth loss in five games. Momentum from a hot and surprising start was gone long ago, as the Hornets Expand Description
In the headlines for the NBA¿s takeover of ownership, the on-court version of the business is reeling after a 25-point loss in San Antonio, the Hornets' fourth loss in five games. Momentum from a hot and surprising start was gone long ago, as the Hornets haven't defeated a team with a winning record since Nov. 17.Collapse Description
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12

11-9 1 10/20
Typical Phoenix: Leading the league in points per game, last in the league in points allowed. Still very much on the outside looking in when it comes to the West's really big boys, but the Suns still are dangerous and fun to watch. Moving Hakim Warrick anExpand Description
Typical Phoenix: Leading the league in points per game, last in the league in points allowed. Still very much on the outside looking in when it comes to the West's really big boys, but the Suns still are dangerous and fun to watch. Moving Hakim Warrick and Hedo Turkoglu to reserve roles has provided a spark.Collapse Description
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13

13-9 5 10/25
The East's hottest team has won five straight, seven in a row on the road and nine of 10 overall. Amar¿e Stoudemire is averaging 34 points over the last five, Raymond Felton is directing traffic and Landry Fields is taking to the NBA nicely. Let's see theExpand Description
The East's hottest team has won five straight, seven in a row on the road and nine of 10 overall. Amar¿e Stoudemire is averaging 34 points over the last five, Raymond Felton is directing traffic and Landry Fields is taking to the NBA nicely. Let's see these guys against better competition soon.Collapse Description
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14

10-9 2 12/25
Followed attention-getting upset of the Lakers by losing two straight. Pacers have made noticeable improvements and are playing confidently, but they still sit barely over .500 and are searching for consistency. They'll need more "name" wins to climb the Expand Description
Followed attention-getting upset of the Lakers by losing two straight. Pacers have made noticeable improvements and are playing confidently, but they still sit barely over .500 and are searching for consistency. They'll need more "name" wins to climb the rankings ladder.Collapse Description
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15

14-8 1 9/16
Joe Johnson's injury hurts. Badly. The Hawks will miss him over the next four to six weeks, but the new path started on the right foot as Mike Bibby's late 3-pointer buried the Jameer Nelson-less Magic on Monday night. Josh Smith and Marvin Williams will Expand Description
Joe Johnson's injury hurts. Badly. The Hawks will miss him over the next four to six weeks, but the new path started on the right foot as Mike Bibby's late 3-pointer buried the Jameer Nelson-less Magic on Monday night. Josh Smith and Marvin Williams will need to pick up Johnson's scoring slack.Collapse Description
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16

9-11 1 6/16
Still having to fight for everything amidst a 3-7 stretch that's included tough-to-explain losses to East bottom-feeders New Jersey and Philadelphia. Brandon Roy is back in the lineup, and though Nate McMillan is searching for the right mix, that task is Expand Description
Still having to fight for everything amidst a 3-7 stretch that's included tough-to-explain losses to East bottom-feeders New Jersey and Philadelphia. Brandon Roy is back in the lineup, and though Nate McMillan is searching for the right mix, that task is easier with Roy making plays.Collapse Description
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17

8-14 1 8/19
Enter the week having lost four straight and are 2-9 on the road. Yes, they've played a lot of the West's best, but those are the teams they're supposed to be gaining on. The Grizz are disappointed in what they've done so far, but Rudy Gay has been good eExpand Description
Enter the week having lost four straight and are 2-9 on the road. Yes, they've played a lot of the West's best, but those are the teams they're supposed to be gaining on. The Grizz are disappointed in what they've done so far, but Rudy Gay has been good enough to think better is ahead.Collapse Description
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18

8-12 1 17/26
Getting David Lee back was supposed to get things turned around, but the Warriors are mired in a big-time slump. Monta Ellis is putting up numbers, but the Warriors aren't posting their signature high scores, still are struggling on defense and can't seemExpand Description
Getting David Lee back was supposed to get things turned around, but the Warriors are mired in a big-time slump. Monta Ellis is putting up numbers, but the Warriors aren't posting their signature high scores, still are struggling on defense and can't seem to find a consistent combo.Collapse Description
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19

7-13 1 10/25
Still inconsistent and still suffering from being stuck in the same state as the league's two hottest teams. Defense has to be better, but Kyle Lowry is creating, Kevin Martin is scoring, and this week brings winnable games against the Pistons and Bucks. Expand Description
Still inconsistent and still suffering from being stuck in the same state as the league's two hottest teams. Defense has to be better, but Kyle Lowry is creating, Kevin Martin is scoring, and this week brings winnable games against the Pistons and Bucks. Keep an eye on the Rockets.Collapse Description
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20

7-13 1 12/25
Andrew Bogut is back and went crazy against a Howard-less Orlando team last weekend. But the Bucks' scoring and chemistry issues reappeared in a Monday night loss to Miami. Expectations were high, but shots aren't falling as Milwaukee is 2-8 in its past 1Expand Description
Andrew Bogut is back and went crazy against a Howard-less Orlando team last weekend. But the Bucks' scoring and chemistry issues reappeared in a Monday night loss to Miami. Expectations were high, but shots aren't falling as Milwaukee is 2-8 in its past 10.Collapse Description
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21

5-17 7 15/29
Playing much better after a miserable start, and Blake Griffin has become must-see TV. They're still far away from consistently playing with the league's best, but last week's win over the Spurs can be a launching point.
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22

8-13 3 22/30
Had built momentum in late November by stringing together a few wins, but the defense has completely evaporated. The Raptors are hurt by injuries, but hurt more by a lack of talent and a go-to guy. Big week ahead with a game at New York then a visit from Expand Description
Had built momentum in late November by stringing together a few wins, but the defense has completely evaporated. The Raptors are hurt by injuries, but hurt more by a lack of talent and a go-to guy. Big week ahead with a game at New York then a visit from the Nuggets.Collapse Description
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23

7-14 1 19/30
Gritty team has scrapped its way to a 5-5 home record entering the week, but it's no accident that the Pistons still occupy last place in the league's weakest division. Still struggling to score and still unable to find a rotation to deliver consistent reExpand Description
Gritty team has scrapped its way to a 5-5 home record entering the week, but it's no accident that the Pistons still occupy last place in the league's weakest division. Still struggling to score and still unable to find a rotation to deliver consistent results.Collapse Description
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24

6-15 2 21/29
Avery Johnson has evaluated his team on more than wins and losses, but the Nets are 2-8 in their past 10 and have slipped into the Atlantic basement. The Knicks' win streak probably isn't sitting well in the front office, either. This team has more growinExpand Description
Avery Johnson has evaluated his team on more than wins and losses, but the Nets are 2-8 in their past 10 and have slipped into the Atlantic basement. The Knicks' win streak probably isn't sitting well in the front office, either. This team has more growing pains ahead.Collapse Description
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25

5-16 4 23/30
Kevin Love continues to put up crazy numbers, and the Wolves continue to blow second-half leads. They held on in pulling away from Cleveland, but they're still inventing ways to lose most other nights. Love and Michael Beasley have been fun to watch, and Expand Description
Kevin Love continues to put up crazy numbers, and the Wolves continue to blow second-half leads. They held on in pulling away from Cleveland, but they're still inventing ways to lose most other nights. Love and Michael Beasley have been fun to watch, and Jonny Flynn might return soon.Collapse Description
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26

6-14 1 12/29
Every storyline continues to revolve around Andre Iguodala. He was hurt, he wasn't playing well, he was either on or off the trade block, depending on which report you were reading and which day you were reading it. He's healthy and playing well now, and Expand Description
Every storyline continues to revolve around Andre Iguodala. He was hurt, he wasn't playing well, he was either on or off the trade block, depending on which report you were reading and which day you were reading it. He's healthy and playing well now, and Philly enters the week having won three of four.Collapse Description
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27

7-13 4 18/29
Here's what Coach Larry Brown said after last weekend's loss to the 76ers: "We don't play together, we don't play hard enough. We don't move the ball, we don't defend as a team." Other than that, is everything fine? Nope. Gerald Wallace called out D.J. AuExpand Description
Here's what Coach Larry Brown said after last weekend's loss to the 76ers: "We don't play together, we don't play hard enough. We don't move the ball, we don't defend as a team." Other than that, is everything fine? Nope. Gerald Wallace called out D.J. Augustin, and this team is a mess.Collapse Description
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28

7-13 9 19/30
Biggest week of the Cavaliers' season ended in total disaster as they were routed by the Celtics and Timberwolves and laughed at by LeBron James in his return to Cleveland. The result, besides a bunch of bruised egos, is the league's worst point differentExpand Description
Biggest week of the Cavaliers' season ended in total disaster as they were routed by the Celtics and Timberwolves and laughed at by LeBron James in his return to Cleveland. The result, besides a bunch of bruised egos, is the league's worst point differential and a sense of urgency to at least compete and improve quickly.Collapse Description
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29

6-13 3 18/30
One win since Thanksgiving, and a trip West that started with a blowout loss in Phoenix continues with a trip to play the angry Lakers. The good news? The Wizards have John Wall back, are hoping he's working his way back to full speed and aren't playing fExpand Description
One win since Thanksgiving, and a trip West that started with a blowout loss in Phoenix continues with a trip to play the angry Lakers. The good news? The Wizards have John Wall back, are hoping he's working his way back to full speed and aren't playing for this year, anyway.Collapse Description
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30

4-15 - 19/30
Haven't won since Nov. 19, losing eight straight and free-falling into the league's basement. Close loss vs. Dallas last weekend and a late collapse against the Clippers on Monday night assured Sacramento stays here for the week, but Wednesday's visit froExpand Description
Haven't won since Nov. 19, losing eight straight and free-falling into the league's basement. Close loss vs. Dallas last weekend and a late collapse against the Clippers on Monday night assured Sacramento stays here for the week, but Wednesday's visit from the Wizards brings hope for a streak-snapper.Collapse Description
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