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NBA power rankings

Feb 15, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

lebron_allstar_game.jpgRanking all the NBA teams, whether they want it or not. The Cavaliers and Lakers are 1-2 now, which is who everybody thinks makes the finals if the playoffs start today. Sorry Dallas.

1. Cavaliers (43-11) Win streak is up to 13, home court throughout if the playoffs started today. And they want to make a major trade and shake up things because?

2. Lakers (41-13) Wins over Utah and San Antonio without Kobe or Andrew Bynum get them moved up the ladder. But will they keep playing defense like this when everybody is back?

3. Magic (36-18) They had a loss this week to Cleveland, but can you hold that against them? They are the other contender right now.

4. Jazz (32-19) It was nice of Deron Williams to get all his bonehead plays out of the way during the All-Star game as not to drag down Utah in real games.

5. Nuggets (35-18) The most obvious thing from the All-Star game — Carmelo Anthony wanted to be MVP. Nobody puts up 11 first quarter shots otherwise, but you got to hit the late ones to get it.

6. Thunder (30-21) Winners of six in a row, that will get you moved to number six.

7. Hawks (33-18) A West Coast road trip this week should be a good test. Watching Atlanta’s athletes run with Golden State should be one of the more entertaining games of the week.

8. Suns (31-22) Trade rumors swirling about off the court could distract them on the court, where good Dallas and Memphis teams await.

9. Raptors (29-23) They are 8-1 in their last nine, and Chris Bosh has fans in Chicago and Miami drooling with his recent play. Oh yea, Toronto fans, too.

10. Spurs (30-21) Lose to the Lakers without Kobe or Bynum, then turn around and beat Denver in Denver. The Spurs remain a roller coaster.

11. Celtics (32-18) Rumors are the Celtics want to trade Ray Allen for a young star shooter. Well, duh. I want to drive a Maserati, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

12. Bucks (24-27) Why is Brandon Jennings hair so fascinating? I should not spend this much time thinking about a man’s hair.

13. Mavericks (32-20) All the talk is about Butler, and he is an upgrade, but Haywood is the real steal of this trade.

14. Blazers (31-24) Turns out it’s hard to make a trade if you’re not willing to give anything good up in return.

15. Heat (26-27) Quality win against the Hawks on the road last week. Oh, and D-Wade guy looked pretty good Sunday. They should try to keep him, he may turn into something.

16. Bobcats (26-25) The Bobcats turn it around with a couple wins. Up this week, the opposite ends of the spectrum: New Jersey (Tuesday) then Cleveland (Friday).

17. Hornets (28-25) Darren Collison continues to impress, filling in for CP3. It’s tough to judge how good offensively a player is coming out of Ben Howland’s system at UCLA.

18. Sixers (20-32) Four wins in a row without Allen Iverson, with the Green/Holiday backcourt looking good. Yea, it’s going to be fun when AI returns.

19. Rockets (27-24) Lots of trade rumors, but what this team really needs is to get Yao Ming back, and looks like that won’t be until next season.

20. Bulls (25-26) Tyrus Thomas for sale! Get your Tyrus Thomas here!

21. Grizzlies (26-25) Everybody starts raving about what a nice roster Memphis has and how the team plays together, then the Griz go and drop four in a row. Great timing, guys.

22. Kings (18-24) Tyreke Evans is starting to really pull away as rookie of the year. Will Kevin Martin be there to see the rest of his season?

23. Knicks (19-32) Charles Barkley was right — there were a lot of Knicks represented All-Star weekend, despite the team’s record.

24. Warriors (14-37) They get an easy win because the Clippers come out and try to run with them. Foolish, foolish Clippers.

25. Timberwolves (13-30) Was it warmer in Minny than it was in Dallas All-Star Weekend?

26. Clippers (21-31) Every once in a while you hear from people how LeBron James should come to the Clippers. Those are the people you should drug test.

27. Pacers (18-34) How can a team that plays at such a fast pace be so boring to watch.

28. Wizards (17-33) On paper this team should get worse, but sometimes teams and players rise up after their stars are traded.

29. Pistons (18-33) Looking around for good news for the Detroit fans… still looking hold on…

30. Nets (4-48) If ever there was a team that should get extra ping-pong balls in the lottery…

  1. Jimsjam33 - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    There will be no Laker vs. Cav NBA Finals Championship ! It’s Ground Hog Day all over again and again . The Cavs lose in the playoffs and the Lakers go on to win it all .
    It’s a script that been written and etched in stone . Lebron James will refuse to speak to the media . Endless talk about a trade to the Knicks will never materialize. Cleveland fans will get their heart cracked in two again .
    We’re talking about Cleveland here folks . The Browns , Indians , and Cavaliers . Hmmmm. Can we get a moment of silence for all the faithful . Cleveland you deserve it .

  2. Rob - Feb 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    I am a bit fuzzy on how Milwaukee is higher than Dallas. I have no dream of Dallas making the finals….MAYBE Western Conference but the Lakers are coming out of the West…that being said…Milwaukee? Really? No way are they better than the Mavs.

  3. Drew - Feb 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    I agree with Rob, I’m still scratching my head over Milwaukee being ahead of Dallas. Sure, the Bucks have looked decent lately but this team can’t finish games and is 8-19 on the road. In any event, expect Dallas to move up this list with the trade.

  4. Fingerwave - Feb 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Jimsjam33, I have lived in CTown for some time now, wasn’t born here, or even knew where it was until I got here. At first I thought these peopel were crazy, riding through red ligths after “The Drive”, jumping off their collective roofs after “The Fumble”. I really didn’t understand them, But I do NOW! and though you could care less about how WE feel, I’m offended by your comment “Cleveland you deserve it” that’s heartless, no city desreves what this city and it’s fans have gone through, no how no way, not even the place you live or team you root for. The only way I can understand your feelings is if you live in a city that has never won anything, and presently don’t hold the prospects of winning anything, anytime soon. Ease up Bro, “Life is like a box of chocolates” “You never know what you are going to get” (Forrest Gump)

  5. Maui - Feb 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Four teams with losing records above Memphis? How is that possible? Even if the Griz lost of bunch of games recently they’re still better, hands down, than the Bucks and Sixers.

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  7. Maddog - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    The Kings are moving up, 2 Straight road wins and we are ahead of last years totals. We are still a lottery team. We wont win the Wall Sweepstakes maybe the Monroe Sweps. Go Kings.

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  9. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Fingerwave ,
    Nothing but kudos for Cleveland fans for enduring years of pain and still supporting their teams . My thoughts were of the fans who have endured such disappointment over the last 6 decades without a Championship from any team . The Browns , only 1 of 2 teams never to go the Super Bowl .
    The Cavaliers have never been to the NBA finals .
    The Indians have been perennial doormats for a lot of years , while every once in a while showing sparks of life.
    Finger , I would love to see the Cavs , Browns , and Indians go all the way . The fans have waited long enough .
    By the way , I live in a town that has won just about everything on the Professional and Collegiate level , numerous times in every sport , except Pro football . 1984 was our latest Super Bowl party .

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  11. Big George - Feb 21, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Right On ! JimsJams33 How in the right hell can some of these damn fools even try to attempt to compare The #1 Finisher
    The real Damn King , King Kobe to dumb ass Le Bron Who???
    Kobe and his crew in times when it really counts will kick James
    ass any time of the week. Look what in last years 2009 playoffs
    well this year we’ll send that little bitch crying home again,with his bad sport attitude. LAKERS ALL THE WAY BABY !!!!

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