NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 8 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:43 PM EST

Who's No. 1? Who's No. 30? Who's rising and falling? Check out our Power Rankings.

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Chicago Bulls

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Phoenix Suns

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

20-3 1 1/10
Outscoring opponents by a league-best 10 points per game and still adapting to teams' varying attempts to slow them down. The team for which Tim Duncan now has played 1,000 games is resilient, too. The Spurs have won five straight since an unexplainable lExpand Description
Outscoring opponents by a league-best 10 points per game and still adapting to teams' varying attempts to slow them down. The team for which Tim Duncan now has played 1,000 games is resilient, too. The Spurs have won five straight since an unexplainable loss to the Clippers and appear ready to tackle the suddenly hot Bucks and a Thursday night trip to Denver.Collapse Description
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19-5 1 1/10
The Mavericks played some serious defense during their 12-game win streak, which makes it even more puzzling that the less-than-powerful Bucks were the team to score 103 points in ending it. But Dallas is playing like a real contender, getting contributioExpand Description
The Mavericks played some serious defense during their 12-game win streak, which makes it even more puzzling that the less-than-powerful Bucks were the team to score 103 points in ending it. But Dallas is playing like a real contender, getting contributions from lots of different corners, and if the D keeps up, the Mavericks will stay near the top of the rankings.Collapse Description
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19-4 - 1/6
These guys have as good a case to be No. 1 as anyone, considering they haven't lost since before Thanksgiving, keep plugging different guys into the lineup and keep finding ways to win. The schedule is about to take a tough turn, but they're trying to getExpand Description
These guys have as good a case to be No. 1 as anyone, considering they haven't lost since before Thanksgiving, keep plugging different guys into the lineup and keep finding ways to win. The schedule is about to take a tough turn, but they're trying to get Rajon Rondo back to full speed and get to full strength in the post. Still the beasts of the East.Collapse Description
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15-8 4 1/10
The Pacers became the Bulls' sixth straight victim Monday night, managing just 73 points against a team that beat the Thunder and Lakers last week and is now at full strength. Derrick Rose is on fire, Carlos Boozer is coming along nicely (22 pts., 18 reb.Expand Description
The Pacers became the Bulls' sixth straight victim Monday night, managing just 73 points against a team that beat the Thunder and Lakers last week and is now at full strength. Derrick Rose is on fire, Carlos Boozer is coming along nicely (22 pts., 18 reb. vs. IND), and the Bulls look to be dangerously ahead of schedule.Collapse Description
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18-8 2 2/10
Uh-oh. These guys appear to be figuring it out. They're still stomping a lot of bad teams, but they were dominant in Utah last week and are scary-good when Dwyane Wade is in attack mode. They're defending when they need to, turning stops into fast-break hExpand Description
Uh-oh. These guys appear to be figuring it out. They're still stomping a lot of bad teams, but they were dominant in Utah last week and are scary-good when Dwyane Wade is in attack mode. They're defending when they need to, turning stops into fast-break highlights and having fun doing it. They're running up impressive margins, too.Collapse Description
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17-7 2 1/7
Kobe Bryant moved into 11th on the all-time scoring list last week, but the Lakers are stuck in the mud and 5-5 in their past 10 games. Andrew Bynum is due back Tuesday night after another championship-celebrating trip to the White House, and he might proExpand Description
Kobe Bryant moved into 11th on the all-time scoring list last week, but the Lakers are stuck in the mud and 5-5 in their past 10 games. Andrew Bynum is due back Tuesday night after another championship-celebrating trip to the White House, and he might provide the boost this team needs to get its focus and swagger back.Collapse Description
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18-8 2 4/26
Jazz lost their much-anticipated rematch with Dallas last weekend and also their chance to place themselves among the league's elite. There's time, though, and Deron Williams gives this team a chance to keep clicking as Utah hits the road for a four-game Expand Description
Jazz lost their much-anticipated rematch with Dallas last weekend and also their chance to place themselves among the league's elite. There's time, though, and Deron Williams gives this team a chance to keep clicking as Utah hits the road for a four-game trip to New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Minnesota.Collapse Description
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16-8 2 3/11
The Magic have kept their heads above water, albeit barely, during a tough stretch of road games mixed with an internal flu bug and quality opponents. They're the last team to beat the Bulls and are getting healthy just in time for another tough stretch oExpand Description
The Magic have kept their heads above water, albeit barely, during a tough stretch of road games mixed with an internal flu bug and quality opponents. They're the last team to beat the Bulls and are getting healthy just in time for another tough stretch of games over the next 11 days. As long as Dwight Howard is healthy and hungry, they're legitimate contenders. Collapse Description
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9

17-8 1 2/11
Heating up. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the league's top-scoring duo, Jeff Green is getting back to full speed and Serge Ibaka is figuring things out; he had an eight-block game last week. They still might need more time to mature and place theExpand Description
Heating up. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the league's top-scoring duo, Jeff Green is getting back to full speed and Serge Ibaka is figuring things out; he had an eight-block game last week. They still might need more time to mature and place themselves among the truly elite, but when the Thunder play fast they're the team nobody wants to play.Collapse Description
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16-9 3 10/25
Two questions: Who do these guys think they are? And who, exactly, have they beaten? We're about to see just how hot these red-hot Knicks are — they host Boston on Wednesday and Miami on Friday. Regardless of what happens, they've made the league taExpand Description
Two questions: Who do these guys think they are? And who, exactly, have they beaten? We're about to see just how hot these red-hot Knicks are — they host Boston on Wednesday and Miami on Friday. Regardless of what happens, they've made the league take notice with an offensive surge for the ages led by Amar'e Stoudemire.Collapse Description
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11

14-9 2 6/16
George Karl got coaching win No. 1,000 on Friday in Toronto, making people around the league smile. Then the Nuggets lost to the Knicks and reports leaked that Carmelo Anthony is trying to force a trade to New York. The Nuggets are playing pretty good basExpand Description
George Karl got coaching win No. 1,000 on Friday in Toronto, making people around the league smile. Then the Nuggets lost to the Knicks and reports leaked that Carmelo Anthony is trying to force a trade to New York. The Nuggets are playing pretty good basketball, but this soap opera remains atop the headlines until a conclusion is reached. Collapse Description
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12

14-10 1 3/17
Crash landing. The Hornets leave Miami at 14-10 after a 10-0 start. They were in a dogfight with the Heat for 35 minutes Monday night before Miami started playing serious defense and pulled away. Chris Paul is still hot, but the Hornets are having troubleExpand Description
Crash landing. The Hornets leave Miami at 14-10 after a 10-0 start. They were in a dogfight with the Heat for 35 minutes Monday night before Miami started playing serious defense and pulled away. Chris Paul is still hot, but the Hornets are having trouble scoring on the road; getting 13 first-quarter points in Philly last weekend was pretty much rock bottom.Collapse Description
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16-9 2 9/16
They miss the injured Joe Johnson, but they're 5-2 without him. Three of the next four are on the road, but two are in Detroit and New Jersey, and Thursday brings the Hawks a rare national spotlight game in Boston. That's exactly the kind of game the HawkExpand Description
They miss the injured Joe Johnson, but they're 5-2 without him. Three of the next four are on the road, but two are in Detroit and New Jersey, and Thursday brings the Hawks a rare national spotlight game in Boston. That's exactly the kind of game the Hawks need for their confidence if they're going to make any real noise after New Year's.Collapse Description
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11-14 3 8/19
Winning ugly, but the key is they are winning. Streak stands at three as they climb towards .500 with winnable games vs. Charlotte and Houston on tap. O.J. Mayo predictably isn't happy with his bench role and might be on the trading block, but Rudy Gay haExpand Description
Winning ugly, but the key is they are winning. Streak stands at three as they climb towards .500 with winnable games vs. Charlotte and Houston on tap. O.J. Mayo predictably isn't happy with his bench role and might be on the trading block, but Rudy Gay has been good enough to overcome distractions.Collapse Description
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12-13 1 6/16
Four-game win streak came to a crashing end with a blowout loss in San Antonio. Apparently there was a hangover involved, too, because the Blazers then limped into Memphis, managed just 73 points and let Zach Randolph go wild. Things don't get any easier Expand Description
Four-game win streak came to a crashing end with a blowout loss in San Antonio. Apparently there was a hangover involved, too, because the Blazers then limped into Memphis, managed just 73 points and let Zach Randolph go wild. Things don't get any easier with a trip to angry Dallas.Collapse Description
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11-12 4 10/20
Haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since Nov. 15 and enter the week on a three-game losing streak, two of those coming to the offensively challenged Blazers. The usually fast-moving Suns are stuck in neutral, both in the present andExpand Description
Haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since Nov. 15 and enter the week on a three-game losing streak, two of those coming to the offensively challenged Blazers. The usually fast-moving Suns are stuck in neutral, both in the present and in looking ahead. They'll be interesting as the trade deadline approaches.Collapse Description
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10-13 3 12/25
Somebody eventually was going to beat the Mavericks. But these guys? The offensively challenged and less-than-scary Bucks? Maybe they're figuring things out. Andrew Bogut is back on the floor, Brandon Jennings is playing fast, and they're getting contribuExpand Description
Somebody eventually was going to beat the Mavericks. But these guys? The offensively challenged and less-than-scary Bucks? Maybe they're figuring things out. Andrew Bogut is back on the floor, Brandon Jennings is playing fast, and they're getting contributions from lots of different places. Certainly a team to watch. Collapse Description
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11-12 4 12/25
That win over the Lakers in L.A. seems like it was a long time ago. The Pacers have lost five straight road games, got totally outclassed in Chicago on Monday night and now must gather themselves for a visit from those same Lakers on Wednesday night. ThinExpand Description
That win over the Lakers in L.A. seems like it was a long time ago. The Pacers have lost five straight road games, got totally outclassed in Chicago on Monday night and now must gather themselves for a visit from those same Lakers on Wednesday night. Think Kobe and Co. will be ready? Look for the Pacers to hover around .500 for a while.Collapse Description
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19

9-14 - 10/25
Kevin Martin has found his scoring groove; yes, it was the helpless Cavaliers he put 40 on, but this Houston team will take all the wins and confidence boosters it can get. Are more ahead? This week starts with limping Sacramento, and the Rockets remain hExpand Description
Kevin Martin has found his scoring groove; yes, it was the helpless Cavaliers he put 40 on, but this Houston team will take all the wins and confidence boosters it can get. Are more ahead? This week starts with limping Sacramento, and the Rockets remain hopeful that Yao and Aaron Brooks will return sooner rather than later.Collapse Description
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20

8-16 2 17/26
Another week, another ankle injury for Steph Curry, another string of losses. Limping Warriors have lost seven straight after failing to keep up with Utah on Monday night. Their old defensive woes are coming back to haunt them again, and besides Monta EllExpand Description
Another week, another ankle injury for Steph Curry, another string of losses. Limping Warriors have lost seven straight after failing to keep up with Utah on Monday night. Their old defensive woes are coming back to haunt them again, and besides Monta Ellis, the trademark offense has been inconsistent.Collapse Description
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21

5-20 - 15/29
Progress. There's no great way to spin three straight losses, but close calls against the Lakers and Grizz and a competitive game with Orlando show positive signs. A road trip awaits, and apparently owner Donald Sterling is taunting Baron Davis during gamExpand Description
Progress. There's no great way to spin three straight losses, but close calls against the Lakers and Grizz and a competitive game with Orlando show positive signs. A road trip awaits, and apparently owner Donald Sterling is taunting Baron Davis during games. The Clippers aren't the Clippers by accident.Collapse Description
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22

8-15 4 12/29
Interesting young team has won five of seven and built home-court momentum in time for visits from both Los Angeles teams this week. Lou Williams is scoring, Andre Iguodala is making an impact and the Sixers better keep improving. By the end of the week tExpand Description
Interesting young team has won five of seven and built home-court momentum in time for visits from both Los Angeles teams this week. Lou Williams is scoring, Andre Iguodala is making an impact and the Sixers better keep improving. By the end of the week they'll be on the road for eight straight. Collapse Description
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23

9-15 1 22/30
Defense is still optional north of the border. Jerryd Bayless has posted some nice numbers while Jose Calderon heals, and the Raptors hope to welcome him back this week because, well, they'll take any help they can get. This week starts with a trip to ChaExpand Description
Defense is still optional north of the border. Jerryd Bayless has posted some nice numbers while Jose Calderon heals, and the Raptors hope to welcome him back this week because, well, they'll take any help they can get. This week starts with a trip to Charlotte that precedes a four-game homestand. Collapse Description
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24

8-15 3 18/29
No consistency and not much offense from a team that was playing better in November but now has lost seven of 10. Stephen Jackson is back in the lineup, and a visit from Toronto to start this week offers hope for a much-needed win, but the Bobcats are strExpand Description
No consistency and not much offense from a team that was playing better in November but now has lost seven of 10. Stephen Jackson is back in the lineup, and a visit from Toronto to start this week offers hope for a much-needed win, but the Bobcats are struggling mightily.Collapse Description
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25

6-18 - 23/30
Kevin Love has 10 straight games with at least 15 rebounds and a more impressive six-game streak of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds, the longest such streak in the NBA in 21 years. He's dominant, but his team still stinks. The Wolves are 2-8 in their pExpand Description
Kevin Love has 10 straight games with at least 15 rebounds and a more impressive six-game streak of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds, the longest such streak in the NBA in 21 years. He's dominant, but his team still stinks. The Wolves are 2-8 in their past 10. Collapse Description
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7-18 3 19/30
Misery in Detroit, and not just because of the snowstorm. They've lost four straight and usually can't score, and when they did last week, they still managed to blow a 24-point lead to Toronto. If they can't beat the Clippers on Friday, can they beat anybExpand Description
Misery in Detroit, and not just because of the snowstorm. They've lost four straight and usually can't score, and when they did last week, they still managed to blow a 24-point lead to Toronto. If they can't beat the Clippers on Friday, can they beat anybody? Stay tuned.Collapse Description
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6-18 3 21/29
Terrence Williams is back from his D-League stint and claims to have learned his lesson. The Nets, losers of seven straight and one of the league's most offensively challenged teams, sure could use him. And some others. Avery Johnson's patience might be wExpand Description
Terrence Williams is back from his D-League stint and claims to have learned his lesson. The Nets, losers of seven straight and one of the league's most offensively challenged teams, sure could use him. And some others. Avery Johnson's patience might be wearing thin. Collapse Description
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28

5-16 2 19/30
Beat-up, disappointing team snapped an eight-game losing streak last week with an easy win over the Wizards that not a lot of people were watching. The team is calling Tyreke Evans' foot injury "minor," but he might sit out the Kings' three-game road tripExpand Description
Beat-up, disappointing team snapped an eight-game losing streak last week with an easy win over the Wizards that not a lot of people were watching. The team is calling Tyreke Evans' foot injury "minor," but he might sit out the Kings' three-game road trip this week. That certainly would qualify as things going from bad to worse.Collapse Description
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7-17 1 19/30
They aren't just losing. They're getting beat to loose balls, dunked on and struggling to even keep up. They're being outscored by an average of 20 points in their eight-game losing streak, and their next game is in Miami against an old friend named LeBroExpand Description
They aren't just losing. They're getting beat to loose balls, dunked on and struggling to even keep up. They're being outscored by an average of 20 points in their eight-game losing streak, and their next game is in Miami against an old friend named LeBron on Wednesday night.Collapse Description
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6-16 1 18/30
Long losing streak out West included a short return by John Wall. Now, Wall is hurting again in time for the Lakers to play in Washington, team defense has been non-existent, and the Wizards are going to need a miracle to stop a four-game slide anytime soExpand Description
Long losing streak out West included a short return by John Wall. Now, Wall is hurting again in time for the Lakers to play in Washington, team defense has been non-existent, and the Wizards are going to need a miracle to stop a four-game slide anytime soon. The good news? They might be able to win the lottery again.Collapse Description
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