NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 9 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:44 PM EST

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Philadelphia 76ers

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Memphis Grizzlies

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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22-5 1 1/10
Their win in Miami Monday night was the most impressive of three straight since their own double-digit streak was snapped by Milwaukee. It's more impressive since Miami hadn't lost since the last time it played Dallas. The Mavericks are still playing veryExpand Description
Their win in Miami Monday night was the most impressive of three straight since their own double-digit streak was snapped by Milwaukee. It's more impressive since Miami hadn't lost since the last time it played Dallas. The Mavericks are still playing very good defense and moving the ball to make themselves very tough to guard at the other end. Collapse Description
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24-3 1 1/10
Spurs -- The schedule gets tougher in the coming weeks, but the Spurs are clicking now and seem ready for the challenge. There's very little separation among the three teams at the top, and the Spurs sit second due to an earlier loss to Dallas. But the waExpand Description
Spurs -- The schedule gets tougher in the coming weeks, but the Spurs are clicking now and seem ready for the challenge. There's very little separation among the three teams at the top, and the Spurs sit second due to an earlier loss to Dallas. But the way Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker have been playing suggests a move to the top might not be far away. Collapse Description
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22-4 - 1/6
The Beasts of the East have now won 13 in a row, the year's longest streak. They're not No. 1 simply because with Rajon Rondo out for the forseeable future, they aren't the league's best team. But if/when they get to full strength, they might be. And the Expand Description
The Beasts of the East have now won 13 in a row, the year's longest streak. They're not No. 1 simply because with Rajon Rondo out for the forseeable future, they aren't the league's best team. But if/when they get to full strength, they might be. And the way they're getting everyone involved now suggests they're only going to get stronger.Collapse Description
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21-7 2 1/7
A little adversity just brought out the best in the champs, who have now won five straight by running roughshod over inferior competition on a long trip East. We know how the Lakers play in the big ones, and it's safe to say they'll be locked in for a ChrExpand Description
A little adversity just brought out the best in the champs, who have now won five straight by running roughshod over inferior competition on a long trip East. We know how the Lakers play in the big ones, and it's safe to say they'll be locked in for a Christmas Day visit from the Heat. Collapse Description
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21-9 - 2/10
Their 12-game win streak was snapped by Dallas, and should have been snapped two nights earlier in Washington. We know these guys are mortal, but LeBron and Wade continue to play aggressively and now Mike Miller is going to shoot his way back into game shExpand Description
Their 12-game win streak was snapped by Dallas, and should have been snapped two nights earlier in Washington. We know these guys are mortal, but LeBron and Wade continue to play aggressively and now Mike Miller is going to shoot his way back into game shape. Very, very dangerous going forward.Collapse Description
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20-9 1 4/26
Jerry Sloan is set to pass Pat Riley this week to become the third-winningest coach of all time. His current team fits the mold of many others as point guard Deron Williams is consistently bringing his A-game and directing an offense that's both efficientExpand Description
Jerry Sloan is set to pass Pat Riley this week to become the third-winningest coach of all time. His current team fits the mold of many others as point guard Deron Williams is consistently bringing his A-game and directing an offense that's both efficient and explosive and might be dangerous enough to play deep into May. Chalk up that blowout loss in New Orleans to the category of "stuff happens." Collapse Description
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16-9 3 1/10
Team on the rise still is, but losing Joakim Noah for an extended period of time will hurt. Taj Gibson is now injured, too, missing valuable chances at extended minutes. Noah's post presence is a huge part of why the Bulls are no longer are a well-kept seExpand Description
Team on the rise still is, but losing Joakim Noah for an extended period of time will hurt. Taj Gibson is now injured, too, missing valuable chances at extended minutes. Noah's post presence is a huge part of why the Bulls are no longer are a well-kept secret and now are almost one of the league's really big boys.Collapse Description
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19-9 1 2/11
Still winning, though a loss to shorthanded Phoenix stopped a five-game streak. The Thunder are growing and playing good basketball, but their post defense sometimes disappears and they haven't shot well from beyond the arc. They'll need to fix both in orExpand Description
Still winning, though a loss to shorthanded Phoenix stopped a five-game streak. The Thunder are growing and playing good basketball, but their post defense sometimes disappears and they haven't shot well from beyond the arc. They'll need to fix both in order to keep growing and keep climbing. Collapse Description
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16-11 1 3/11
Needed a shakeup. Only time will tell if two weekend trades provided the right kind of shakeup, which is why we can draw a line through a shorthanded loss to Philadelphia and an icebreaker in Atlanta. The Magic got better offensive creators but might struExpand Description
Needed a shakeup. Only time will tell if two weekend trades provided the right kind of shakeup, which is why we can draw a line through a shorthanded loss to Philadelphia and an icebreaker in Atlanta. The Magic got better offensive creators but might struggle defensively. The Celtics come a-callin' on Christmas for a trial by fire Collapse Description
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10

16-10 1 6/16
Still caught in a holding pattern as the Carmelo Anthony saga is holding them hostage. For now, they're good enough to outscore anybody on a given night but haven't been super-consistent in any one area. Road games at the Spurs and Thunder this week mightExpand Description
Still caught in a holding pattern as the Carmelo Anthony saga is holding them hostage. For now, they're good enough to outscore anybody on a given night but haven't been super-consistent in any one area. Road games at the Spurs and Thunder this week might tell us a lot. Collapse Description
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11

18-12 2 9/16
A team that was expected to limp along without Joe Johnson not only stayed afloat but got Johnson back in the lineup faster than just about anyone anticipated. They're not going to crash any parties in the East in their current state, but Al Horford is stExpand Description
A team that was expected to limp along without Joe Johnson not only stayed afloat but got Johnson back in the lineup faster than just about anyone anticipated. They're not going to crash any parties in the East in their current state, but Al Horford is still improving and they're a team to keep an eye on. Collapse Description
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12

15-14 3 6/16
Injuries still are an issue and Brandon Roy is still out (for now), but LaMarcus Aldridge has led the way offensively and lots of other guys have stepped up to fill Roy's scoring void. They're a team in transition but Aldridge's emergence might make the BExpand Description
Injuries still are an issue and Brandon Roy is still out (for now), but LaMarcus Aldridge has led the way offensively and lots of other guys have stepped up to fill Roy's scoring void. They're a team in transition but Aldridge's emergence might make the Blazers think he's the guy to build around going forward. Collapse Description
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13-14 3 10/20
They're certainly refreshed, and Grant Hill played like he was 22 in a weekend shocker over the Thunder. The new guys acquired in the trade won't debut until later this week, but the Suns figure to be better defensively and Steve Nash's unselfishness can Expand Description
They're certainly refreshed, and Grant Hill played like he was 22 in a weekend shocker over the Thunder. The new guys acquired in the trade won't debut until later this week, but the Suns figure to be better defensively and Steve Nash's unselfishness can help them mesh faster than most. Intriguing, to say the least. Collapse Description
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16-12 4 10/25
The Big Week came and went without the Knicks getting into the win column. The last-second loss to Boston was heartbreaking, the blowout by Miami was a reality check and losing in Cleveland, well, that just plain stings. Reserve further judgment 'til the Expand Description
The Big Week came and went without the Knicks getting into the win column. The last-second loss to Boston was heartbreaking, the blowout by Miami was a reality check and losing in Cleveland, well, that just plain stings. Reserve further judgment 'til the Knicks beat somebody with a pulse, which might be a while. Collapse Description
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13-14 3 12/25
Last-second win over New Orleans Monday night gives the Pacers confidence, but still expect them to hover around .500 for a while. Danny Granger is trying to get healthy but they're just not good enough to win consistently on the road and not talented enoExpand Description
Last-second win over New Orleans Monday night gives the Pacers confidence, but still expect them to hover around .500 for a while. Danny Granger is trying to get healthy but they're just not good enough to win consistently on the road and not talented enough -- yet -- to make a big leap. Collapse Description
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16-12 4 3/17
Smoked Utah last Friday night, looking like the team they were in the first three weeks of the season. Then lost in Detroit as the Hornets aren't getting much consistent help for Chris Paul and are just 3-7 in their last 10. They're now facing must-win gaExpand Description
Smoked Utah last Friday night, looking like the team they were in the first three weeks of the season. Then lost in Detroit as the Hornets aren't getting much consistent help for Chris Paul and are just 3-7 in their last 10. They're now facing must-win games this week with the Nets and Hawks coming to New Orleans and a trip to Minnesota as they try to regain some momentum. Collapse Description
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17

13-15 2 10/25
Kevin Martin has remained red-hot, providing temporary relief from a team reeling from even more bad news on the Yao Ming injury front. A 7-3 mark in their last 10 has them creeping closer to .500, Kyle Lowry has been great at the point and they're scorinExpand Description
Kevin Martin has remained red-hot, providing temporary relief from a team reeling from even more bad news on the Yao Ming injury front. A 7-3 mark in their last 10 has them creeping closer to .500, Kyle Lowry has been great at the point and they're scoring enough to beat anybody. A team to watch as the trade market heats up.Collapse Description
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11-16 4 12/29
Interesting young team has won seven of 10 but now faces trips to Chicago and Boston and won't be sneaking up on either team. The Sixers are ahead of schedule and are fun to watch offensively. Interesting decisions lie ahead with Elton Brand and Andre IguExpand Description
Interesting young team has won seven of 10 but now faces trips to Chicago and Boston and won't be sneaking up on either team. The Sixers are ahead of schedule and are fun to watch offensively. Interesting decisions lie ahead with Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala. Collapse Description
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19

12-16 5 8/19
Still have enough good players and a real star in Rudy Gay to make you believe they're ready to turn the corner, but they can't get over the hump. Playing in the league's most competitive division doesn't help, but the Grizz need a shakeup and a chemistryExpand Description
Still have enough good players and a real star in Rudy Gay to make you believe they're ready to turn the corner, but they can't get over the hump. Playing in the league's most competitive division doesn't help, but the Grizz need a shakeup and a chemistry boost to turn things around. Collapse Description
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20

8-21 1 15/29
Crushed the hapless Timberwolves for their third-straight win Monday night as Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin continued to post big numbers. Home games with Houston and Phoenix later this week allow the Clippers a chance to continue to climb these rankings.Expand Description
Crushed the hapless Timberwolves for their third-straight win Monday night as Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin continued to post big numbers. Home games with Houston and Phoenix later this week allow the Clippers a chance to continue to climb these rankings. Griffin's dunks, by the way, aren't just good television. Many of them are downright scary. Collapse Description
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21

10-16 4 12/25
Deflating loss in Portland Monday night was Milwaukee's third straight and came in the Bucks' first full game without Brandon Jennings, who suffered a fractured left foot that will keep him out four to six weeks. Injuries and losses are mounting and what Expand Description
Deflating loss in Portland Monday night was Milwaukee's third straight and came in the Bucks' first full game without Brandon Jennings, who suffered a fractured left foot that will keep him out four to six weeks. Injuries and losses are mounting and what looked like a sure-fire playoff team has a very difficult road ahead. Collapse Description
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22

10-18 1 22/30
On any given night, the Raptors can score 130. They can also be one of the league's worst teams, and this ranking is more an indication of how many terrible teams there are than anything else. It's going to be a long winter for Canadian basketball fans.
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23

9-18 3 17/26
Monta Ellis had 44 points Monday night, but Stephen Curry remained an injured spectator as the Warriors continued to slide, losing for the 14th time in 16 games. The good news is that rookie Ekpe Udoh is back on the court and contributing. Every bit of goExpand Description
Monta Ellis had 44 points Monday night, but Stephen Curry remained an injured spectator as the Warriors continued to slide, losing for the 14th time in 16 games. The good news is that rookie Ekpe Udoh is back on the court and contributing. Every bit of good news counts for the Warriors right now. Collapse Description
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24

6-23 1 23/30
Is rebounding machine Kevin Love an All-Star? Of course he should be, but his team keeps making it harder for him to ever get a second of TV attention. The Wolves just completed a winless six-game road trip and have lost 12 in a row overall away from MinnExpand Description
Is rebounding machine Kevin Love an All-Star? Of course he should be, but his team keeps making it harder for him to ever get a second of TV attention. The Wolves just completed a winless six-game road trip and have lost 12 in a row overall away from Minnesota. Paging Ricky Rubio, this team needs any boost it can get.Collapse Description
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25

9-19 1 19/30
Tayshaun Prince keeps popping up every couple of weeks with numbers that grab attention even when the Pistons as a whole are unwatchable. It's time for Joe Dumars to ship some dead weight out of town and give this franchise a much-needed total rebuild.
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26

8-20 1 21/29
Devin Harris continues to play well, and the Nets only have a chance when he does. This week brings whispers of a new proposal to ship Harris and most of the rest of the team out to bring in Carmelo Anthony. Nets fans are anxious and hoping it happens sooExpand Description
Devin Harris continues to play well, and the Nets only have a chance when he does. This week brings whispers of a new proposal to ship Harris and most of the rest of the team out to bring in Carmelo Anthony. Nets fans are anxious and hoping it happens sooner than later. Collapse Description
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27

8-20 2 19/30
Finally snapped a 10-game slide with an OT win over the Knicks. Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao are playing well, and the entire team is being showcased for possible suitors. The problem for Cavs fans? Somebody else has to want these guys for trades to aExpand Description
Finally snapped a 10-game slide with an OT win over the Knicks. Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao are playing well, and the entire team is being showcased for possible suitors. The problem for Cavs fans? Somebody else has to want these guys for trades to actually happen. Collapse Description
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28

7-19 2 18/30
The transition continues as Gilbert Arenas is out, Rashard Lewis is in and the future of the franchise, John Wall, is still an injured spectator. Moving Arenas means moving on more than anything else, and that's a big deal. This team still has a very, verExpand Description
The transition continues as Gilbert Arenas is out, Rashard Lewis is in and the future of the franchise, John Wall, is still an injured spectator. Moving Arenas means moving on more than anything else, and that's a big deal. This team still has a very, very long road ahead. Collapse Description
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9-18 5 18/29
Things are a total mess in Charlotte. Check this Larry Brown quote after the Wizards blew the Bobcats out Monday night: "It looked like it was the first day of practice. Maybe it was a pickup team playing against an NBA team and that's the result." It's nExpand Description
Things are a total mess in Charlotte. Check this Larry Brown quote after the Wizards blew the Bobcats out Monday night: "It looked like it was the first day of practice. Maybe it was a pickup team playing against an NBA team and that's the result." It's not often these Wizards are mistaken for an NBA team. Collapse Description
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5-20 2 19/30
The Kings are just terrible in just about every aspect of the game. Expectations weren't super high but were much higher than five wins at Christmastime for a team that has some nice young pieces but just can't put them together.
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