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NBA Power Rankings Week 7: Celtics rise, Thunder near top spot

Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30.

Oklahoman Modified: December 9, 2013 at 10:13 am •  Published: December 9, 2013
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Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30. Here's our list after six weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

Power Rankings - Week 7
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
17-4
18-3

Last Week: 2
Back-to-back wins against the Pacers and Thunder prove they're for real, at least in the regular season.
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Last Week: 1
Split the first two games of this telling three-game stretch. Against Miami on Tuesday.
2
18-3
15-4

Last Week: 1
Will any other team face the Spurs, Thunder and Heat (in any order) in three straight?

Last Week: 3
Impressive blowout of the Pacers. Winners of 10 of 11.
3
15-4
16-5

Last Week: 4
Won 10 of 11 and still seem capable of much, much more. Scary.

Last Week: 2
Dwyane Wade’s health will remain a constant concern.
4
15-4
15-4

Last Week: 7
Rough week. Went to Mexico City for a game that got postponed. Then got pummeled at home by the Pacers.
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Last Week: 4
I’m sure Gregg Popovich thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Mexico City.
5
16-5
17-4

Last Week: 3
Lost two straight by a combined 30 points. Then won two straight by a combined 36.
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Last Week: 5
Impressive wins over the Pacers and Thunder. Continue to prove they are for real.
6
15-7
13-8
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Last Week: 6
Starting to build a really impressive resume with some quality wins. And their defense is coming together.
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Last Week: 6
Lost three of four, all to the East.
7
13-8
15-7

Last Week: 15
At this rate, they'll win 51 games, which likely would mean their first-round pick comes to OKC.
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Last Week: 7
Up and down team with an up and down week (2-2, win over Warriors, loss to Jazz).
8
11-9
12-9

Last Week: 9
With wins against Portland (twice), Denver and Houston, the Suns are showing they can play with anyone.
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Last Week: 8
They’re 12-6 with Steph Curry this year, 0-3 without.
9
13-8
13-8

Last Week: 5
Lost three of four. But the final four in their current seven-game trip come against East teams.

Last Week: 10
Coming off a great win in Portland on a Monta Ellis buzzer-beater.
10
12-9
12-8

Last Week: 12
Granted, they're without Iguodala, but a 6-6 mark against .500 or better teams is not the mark of a contender.

Last Week: 9
Nate Robinson has double-figures in 10 of the last 11. Think Chicago could have used him?
11
12-8
11-10

Last Week: 9
They absolutely cannot afford to lose Ty Lawson (hamstring) for an extended period.

Last Week: 16
Third-best team in the East = Tallest of the midgets.
12
10-10
10-10

Last Week: 13
They went 10-9 without Kobe Bryant, and now he's back.

Last Week: 14
Kobe in OKC on Friday. Cherish it while he’s still playing.
13
10-11
11-9

Last Week: 21
Had a great week until Miami avenged a 10-point home loss with a 15-point win at The Palace.
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Last Week: 15
Every week, you think they’ll fall off. Every week, they get a nice win (at Houston this week).
14
9-11
9-10

Last Week: 11
At 2-7 in their last nine, you'd never guess this team beat the Thunder by 19.

Last Week: 11
Offense still a problem (93.2 ppg, 26th in the league).
15
11-10
9-11

Last Week: 16
Congratulations is in order for Kyle Korver for setting a record for 90 straight games with a made 3-pointer.

Last Week: 12
Not enough defense to win in -- or maybe even make -- the playoffs in the West.
16
9-10
10-11

Last Week: 10
Climbed to .500 for the first time in four seasons, and then they lost at home to the Bucks. Typical.

Last Week: 19
Did Josh Smith’s contract have a ‘I can shoot as many 3s as I want’ clause? He’s taken more than Melo and KD!!
17
10-12
9-10

Last Week: 18
They're 6-2 in their last eight and are coming off an impressive 3-0 week.

Last Week: 15
Injuries decimating a sneaky good team.
18
9-10
8-10

Last Week: 14
Goodbye, Grind House? Griz have lost six of seven at home (by 15.6 points on average) and are now 4-7 at FedExForum.

Last Week: 17
Don’t need Derrick Rose to make the playoffs in the awful East.
19
9-10
9-10

Last Week: 17
Capped a perfect three-game trip by knocking off Chicago at home. Then dropped two straight in their own building.

Last Week: 18
Right when you think they figured it out, they lose to the Bucks at home.
20
9-11
9-11
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Last Week: 20
If the playoffs started today, they'd be the seventh seed. That's how bad the East is.
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Last Week: 20
Somehow, this is one of the league’s best defensive teams (91.5 ppg given up).
21
8-10
10-12

Last Week: 21
They're 2-5 since Derrick Rose went down. The two wins: 20-point drubbings over Detroit and Miami.
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Last Week: 21
Brad Stevens, basketball wizard.
22
7-14
7-13

Last Week: 24
They're allowing 110.2 points per. That's the most anyone's allowed since Golden State in 2009-10.

Last Week: 26
Beat the Nuggets and Clippers this past week. Finding a rhythm.
23
6-14
6-14

Last Week: 19
We knew this six-game trip would be tough. Not surprisingly, they're 0-4 thus far.
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Last Week: 23
Lost five straight and 12 of 15.
24
7-12
7-14

Last Week: 23
Does anybody know what their plan is? Seriously. What are they doing? Don't say tanking.

Last Week: 25
Hey, at least they’ll always have that 3-0 start.
25
5-13
7-12
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Last Week: 25
Rudy Gay won't help you, Sacramento.

Last Week: 22
The Rudy Gay era didn’t go exactly as planned.
26
7-13
5-14

Last Week: 27
Kyrie Irving had a scoreless game last week. That should never happen. Bynum showing signs, though.

Last Week: 28
Couple nice wins, then one of the more brutal losses imaginable (by 41 at home to Boston).
27
4-18
5-13

Last Week: 28
Got a really nice home win over Houston...and then lost three straight.
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Last Week: 27
Demarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay. Can the Kings offense play with two basketballs?
28
5-14
6-14

Last Week: 29
It's one thing to lose eight of nine at home. It's another to lose by 43 to the Celtics inside the Garden.

Last Week: 24
Charles Barkley on the Nets: “This ain’t Benjamin Button. These guys aren’t getting any younger.”
29
6-14
4-18

Last Week: 26
Nobody knew it'd be this bad. Nobody.

Last Week: 29
Thunder camp cut Diante Garrett is getting decent minutes in Utah. And playing pretty well.
30
4-16
4-16
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Last Week: 30
What Slater said.

Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.
by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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