NBA Power Rankings Week 17: Cavaliers rise, Thunder maintain

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

Oklahoman Modified: March 3, 2014 at 9:53 am •  Published: March 3, 2014
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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 13 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16

Power Rankings - Week 17
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
46-13
46-13
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Last Week: 1
Hard to be impressed given the conference they play in and the dilute competition it offers.
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Last Week: 1
Rumbling through a soft schedule. Current five-game win streak is against teams with 83-211 combined record.
2
45-15
42-14
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Last Week: 2
Russell Westbrook getting his groove back.
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Last Week: 2
LeBron James’ February averages: 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists on 57 percent shooting. Miami went 10-1.
3
42-14
45-15

Last Week: 4
Dwyane Wade shooting an incredible 61.7 percent in his last 10 games.
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Last Week: 3
1.5 games up in the West, but missing two starters for six weeks. Can they hold that top seed?
4
40-19
41-20

Last Week: 3
Won 11 of 13 but have big tests coming this week in Miami, Indiana and Portland.
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Last Week: 4
They’re 25-5 at home, best mark in the West.
5
41-20
41-18
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Last Week: 5
A 3-0 week included two blowouts over the Pelicans.

Last Week: 7
Tops in the NBA in both points and rebounds per game.
6
43-16
43-16
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Last Week: 6
With 10 of their next 14 against non-playoff teams, they could put pressure on the Thunder for the top seed.

Last Week: 5
Best record in the West since the New Year: 17-5.
7
41-18
40-19
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Last Week: 7
LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a groin injury and, with five straight wins, they appear to be snapping out of their mid-season slump.

Last Week: 6
They’re 11-2 since late January, with the losses coming at Golden State (in OT) and the Clippers.
8
35-24
36-24

Last Week: 9
Upcoming four-game stretch against the Clippers (twice), Thunder and Warriors could knock them out of the current playoff picture.
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Last Week: 8
Jermaine O’Neal had a passport issue and missed the Warriors game in Toronto. Surprised that doesn’t happen more.
9
36-25
36-25

Last Week: 8
With Memphis on their heels, they're risking falling out of the playoffs with every loss. Currently on a two-game skid.

Last Week: 10
Would be the Thunder’s first round opponent if the season ended today.
10
31-28
33-25

Last Week: 13
Six-game winning streak.

Last Week: 11
Hard to imagine them not finding a way in the playoffs.
11
33-26
33-26

Last Week: 14
Truly unbelievable what they've done this year. They just won't give up.

Last Week: 14
They are 21-8 since the start of January, best in the East. Amazing what they’ve done.
12
33-26
35-24
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Last Week: 12
Followed heartbreaking triple-OT loss to Washington with a feel-good victory over Golden State.

Last Week: 9
Goran Dragic went for 40 the other night. Give him the Most Improved award now.
13
36-24
33-26

Last Week: 10
In nine February games, Jermaine O'Neal averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots.

Last Week: 12
Seems like the Air Canada Centre is an underrated basketball atmosphere.
14
33-25
31-28

Last Week: 11
Only a game and a half outside the playoffs.

Last Week: 13
John Wall making the leap.
15
29-29
29-29
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Last Week: 15
They are what they are, a disappointing and no-longer-interesting .500 team.
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Last Week: 15
Won five of six, but the push could be too little, too late…
16
28-29
28-29

Last Week: 17
With a win Monday against Chicago, they'll return to .500 for the first time since they were 1-1. They were 11 games under .500 on New Year's Eve.
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Last Week: 16
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 18-8 in 2014.
17
27-32
27-32

Last Week: 16
Just wrong what they did to Ben Gordon.

Last Week: 19
Organization is moving in the right direction. On pace to make playoffs for only second time ever.
18
24-37
25-33

Last Week: 22
After all they've been through, they're just 3 1/2 back of reeling Atlanta for the eighth seed.

Last Week: 17
Lost 10 of their last 11 games. Fading fast.
19
21-38
26-32

Last Week: 21
Six-game road trip started with a 20-point loss to Cleveland. Sign of things to come?

Last Week: 18
Lost 11 of their last 12 games. Fading faster.
20
26-32
24-37
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Last Week: 20
Things went south quick. Just 3-12 in their last 15.

Last Week: 23
Impressive win in OKC seems to have sparked them a bit.
21
25-33
21-38

Last Week: 19
Losers of five straight and 11 of 12.

Last Week: 25
Gonna be interesting to see where Gordon Hayward eventually lands.
22
23-36
23-36

Last Week: 18
Get well soon, Jrue.

Last Week: 20
Their only win in the past 10 games was against Milwaukee.
23
23-36
23-36
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Last Week: 23
Deeeeeetrooooooooit Baaaaaasketbaaaaall...is bad.

Last Week: 21
Talent-wise, they should easily be a playoff team in the East. Currently 3.5 out.
24
20-39
21-39
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Last Week: 24
Starting a seven-game road trip Wednesday. Things could get ugly.
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Last Week: 24
Looked good in January, looked awful since: 2-12 since the start of February.
25
20-40
20-40

Last Week: 26
Just 4-22 against the West this season.

Last Week: 26
Jeff Green has scored 20-plus points in four of the past five games.
26
19-43
20-39

Last Week: 27
League-worst 4-28 road record is this team's biggest problem.

Last Week: 22
Boogie Cousins leads the NBA with 15 technicals. No one else within three of him.
27
20-39
20-39

Last Week: 28
Now even Phil Jackson is saying next year is going to be similar to this one. Yikes.
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Last Week: 27
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
28
21-39
19-43

Last Week: 25
It's got to be tough being a Knicks fan.
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Last Week: 28
A respectable 15-15 at home, an atrocious 4-28 on the road.
29
11-47
15-45

Last Week: 30
Should soon be guaranteed a top four pick.
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Last Week: 29
Lost 14 in a row. Giving up 110.7 points per game.
30
15-45
11-47

Last Week: 29
Went winless in February and have now lost 14 straight.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.


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