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NBA power rankings

Mar 15, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_dunk.jpgOur weekly NBA rankings, where we wonder where would we would rank Kentucky on this list?

1. Cavaliers (52-15) Is beating the Celtics a statement win anymore? Frankly, the only statement game left for the Cavaliers to win is the one that closes out the NBA Finals. Everything else shouldn’t matter.

2. Magic (47-21) We’re going to overlook that loss to the Bobcats (second night of a back-to-back). Sort of. It’s why you’re not number one this week. But overall this team should make Cleveland nervous.

3. Nuggets (45-21) Their coach is missing games due to cancer, their front line gets injured as easily as if it were made of paper mache — and they keep on winning. Six in a row now.

4. Lakers (48-18) Pau Gasol tries to prove he’s tough on Amundson, which can actually decrease your toughness quotient.

5. Mavericks (45-22) I can hear the cries: “It’s not fair! One loss and you drop all the way from first to fifth?” Yes, when it’s the Knicks that beat you.

6. Hawks (42-23) Another team that lost to the Knicks this week. They should have fallen father, but redeemed themselves with a couple wins to follow.

7. Spurs (39-25) No Tony Parker? No problem, two wins. Of course, those were against the Timberwolves and Clippers, which combined should really only count for one win. Let’s see how it goes against Orlando.

8. Thunder (41-24) Remember how last year Portland came into the playoffs the hot young team, only to lose in the first round because they found out that playoff hoops is a different animal? The Thunder may learn that lesson this year.

9. Bucks (36-29) Six wins in a row, nine in their last 10. Bogut and Salmons are playing well. Nobody wants this team in the first round. 

10. Jazz (42-24) Still playing very well over the last month or more, but the losses to the Thunder and Bucks (due in part to injuries) drops them down the ladder a little.

11. Suns (41-26) The loss to the Lakers was a reminder they while they are good they are on the second tier in the West.

12. Blazers (41-28) Portland has won four in row, but against the dregs of the league. No style points earned.

13. Bobcats (34-31) If the playoffs started today, Bobcats and Hawks in the first round. Tell me you don’t want to watch that one.

14. Celtics (41-24) Three losses in last four. Can the Celtics get out of the first round of the playoffs?

15. Heat (35-32) Jermaine O’Neal is playing better and better as the season wears on. Didn’t see that one coming.

16. Rockets (33-31) After a heaping of softies, things get a little tougher this week with Denver, Memphis and the Celtics.

17. Grizzlies (35-32) I still am amazed when I watch Z-Bo play this well game-to-game.

18. Hornets (32-35) Chris Paul is working out before games, doing some shoot around, and looking good. How do you get both him and Collison minutes?

19. Raptors (32-33) Jose Calderon as starter does not fix the defensive woes.

20. Warriors (18-47) Don Nelson is chasing Lenny Wilkins to be the winningest coach in NBA history, yet if he does it with this team does that seem just?

21. Kings (23-44) Just about every other team on the bottom of this list has packed it in for the season mentally. Not the Kings, they bust it every night, still. That is saying something.

22. Pistons (23-43) You’d say this is when the team needs to start rebuilding, but last off-seasons mistakes make that impossible now.

23. Bulls (31-34) New promotion at the United Center — fill out a form in the lobby and you could be chosen to be a starting guard for the Bulls. Injuries have reduced them to this. In fact if you win the contest, you may want to make sure your health insurance is up to date.

24. Knicks (23-43) The beatdown of Dallas would normally move them up higher, if they hadn’t looked so bad the rest of the time.

25. Sixers (23-43) Eddie Jordan may well be toast after the season, but the shakeup needs to be bigger than that to really change things.

26. Pacers (21-45) More than any other team this season, I just don’t like watching them play basketball.

27. Wizards (21-43) I wanted to believe they could find a way to win more, but seven losses in a row reminds you this league is about talent. And the Wizards have none.

28. Clippers (25-42) They have set themselves up for a fast rebuilding. Which they will blow, because they are the Clippers.

29. Timberwolves (14-53) I’m close to moving them back to 30, they have just quit on the season.

30. Nets (7-59) You keep thinking — hoping — that they get some more wins and not set the record, but they keep blowing leads and losing close ones.

  1. james - Mar 15, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Hey Kurt you’re a hack. Defending NBA champs with a the second best record in NBA and you have them below two teams they beat in the playoffs. Go back to bussing tables because sports reporting is not your cup of tea.

  2. bobdevo - Mar 15, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Kentucky – ha-ha-ha-ha . . . After seeing them against Mississippi State, there is no way they can beat the Jayhawks.

  3. Mike Claborn - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    As a long time Nets fan I know that they can still pull off a playoff spot!! Go Vikings!!

  4. Mike Claborn - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    So I have this rash…..

  5. Brian Gordon - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    My favorite player is Spud Webb, he likes sunflower seeds like I do!This rash is killing me!

  6. Brett Smith from Marshall - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    I think one um then dang ‘ol basketball rankin power things done gone crazy see dem aint nuttin compared to shootin hogs and drinkin whisky from dem boots and sellin propane.

  7. Derek O'Steen - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    My saliva has the healing powers or Neosporin and the tears of Baby Jesus. Bring that rash on over to the house tonight.

  8. Derek O'Steen - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    My saliva has the healing powers of Neosporin and the tears of Baby Jesus. Bring that rash of yours over to the house tonight, Brian.

  9. PeeJay - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Umm . . . the Lakers number 5 lately? Are you sure? Aren’t they more like a 7 or 8 at the moment?

  10. Derek O'Steen - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    PeeJay, do you have a rash? See qualifications for my curative powers in post 7 & 8.

  11. phil - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    The Wizards suck, but no talent? Since the trades, Andray Blatche has gone off. You obviously don’t watch any Wizards games.

  12. greenlynn - Mar 16, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    So the Hawks “should have fallen father”? What are you writing this with your dad looking over your shoulder?

  13. Mike Claborn - Mar 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Sales Tip #1: Success in sales is a numbers game. For example: if you know the ages of the customer’s children, nonchalantly drop that into the conversation when asking for a purchase order. If that does not resonate, advise that the price has gone up 20% and let them know you have pictures of said children playing at school. Your sales cycle should shorten and yield a higher return.
    -Mike

  14. Bill Rich - Apr 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Does anyone know of any DFW bars/restuarants that are bias towards costume cross-dressing parties? On a typical Saturday night I feel like a girl the evening of prom with no date.

  15. Derek O'Steen - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Brian Gordon, did you ever get that rash healed up? I fear that you, Michael Claborn, and I gathered this same rash during our experience together and mine has not gone away…

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