NBA Power Rankings Week 18: Rockets, Clippers rise; Thunder fall

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

Oklahoman Modified: March 10, 2014 at 10:45 am •  Published: March 10, 2014
Advertisement
;

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 | 17

Power Rankings - Week 18
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
44-19
46-16

Last Week: 4
Secured wins over Miami, Indiana and Portland last week. Now 15-2 since Jan. 28.

Last Week: 6
Gregg Popovich : NBA regular season :: Bill Self : Big 12 race
2
44-20
44-19

Last Week: 5
Hottest team in the league with seven straight wins. Also have held four of five opponents under .500.

Last Week: 7
Beat the Heat, Pacers and Blazers during this current five-game win streak. Won 14 of 16. In OKC Tuesday.
3
46-16
44-20

Last Week: 6
Six straight wins and have only four playoff teams remaining on the March docket. They're coming from the West's top seed.

Last Week: 4
DeAndre Jordan has had double-digit rebounds in 40 of the past 41 games. Leads NBA at 13.9 rpg.
4
43-17
46-17

Last Week: 3
Had won eight straight and 11 of 12. Now a three-game losing streak is supposed to be a cause for concern? Get real.

Last Week: 1
Four straight losses for a team that, before this, had only lost two straight once all year.
5
46-17
46-17

Last Week: 2
Allowing 110.2 points and 47.4 percent shooting since the break.

Last Week: 3
Gerald Green and Jodie Meeks lit them up for 83 combined the past two games. Where art thou, Thabo?
6
46-17
43-17

Last Week: 1
Quality schedule in the last four has led to a four-game skid. Likely to take advantage of a lighter schedule and go 4-0 in the next four

Last Week: 2
LeBron since his 61-point outburst: 19.3 ppg on 39 percent shooting. Miami has lost all three games.
7
38-26
40-24

Last Week: 9
Knocked off Portland and Indiana in back-to-back games over the weekend.

Last Week: 8
The Warriors have won four straight games. Steph Curry hasn’t scored 20-plus points in any of them.
8
42-21
42-21

Last Week: 7
Back-to-back road heartbreakers say more about how tough this team is to beat.

Last Week: 5
Portland is 2-3 since LaMarcus Aldridge’s return and he’s shooting 39 percent.
9
35-26
36-26

Last Week: 12
Only two losses in their last 11 came by two to Chicago and by five in triple overtime to Washington.

Last Week: 10
The rise continues: Now tied with Phoenix for the eighth, one game out of the seventh slot.
10
33-29
38-26
--
Last Week: 10
Trevor Ariza is averaging 25 points and shooting 63.9 percent on 3s in his last five.

Last Week: 9
Face OKC twice in the next 15 days. Would be the 2v7 matchup if playoffs started today.
11
35-28
35-28
--
Last Week: 11
Grittiest team in basketball never quits.
--
Last Week: 11
Their resilience has become the feel-good story of the season.
12
40-24
36-26

Last Week: 13
A strained quad will keep Stephen Curry to limited minutes. Better hope that thing doesn't linger.
--
Last Week: 12
Goran Dragic and Gerald Green have both gone for 40-plus in the last 10 days. Wild.
13
36-26
35-26

Last Week: 14
They're back in the playoff picture. Don't expect them to slip out.
--
Last Week: 13
Now 29-14 since the Rudy Gay trade.
14
36-26
33-29

Last Week: 8
Eric Bledsoe is set to return soon. And at 3-5 in their last eight, they could desperately use his spark.
--
Last Week: 14
Won eight of nine, but seven of those wins came against sub-.500 teams.
15
31-31
31-30
--
Last Week: 15
It appears Kevin Love's postseason drought will continue.

Last Week: 16
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 21-9 in 2014.
16
31-30
31-31
--
Last Week: 16
Only three games out of the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round.

Last Week: 15
I can imagine Kevin Love weeping as he scrolls his iPhone weather app between Minnesota and L.A.
17
29-34
29-34
--
Last Week: 17
When Al Jefferson doesn't score at least 25 points, the Cats have trouble winning.
--
Last Week: 17
The least compelling playoff team in a long time.
18
26-37
27-35

Last Week: 22
Anthony Davis is averaging 29.6 points, 15.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and three blocks on current three-game win streak.
--
Last Week: 18
Nine games out of a playoff spot in the West with a record that’d put them in the playoffs out East.
19
22-41
26-37

Last Week: 25
Rajon Rondo's season-high 18 assists Sunday moved him pass Bill Russell for fifth on the Celtics' all-time list.

Last Week: 22
Already an All-Star, Anthony Davis turns 21 on Tuesday. Enjoy Bourbon Street.
20
24-40
26-35

Last Week: 28
Won three straight after a seven-game losing streak and might just make the playoffs.

Last Week: 19
Atlanta is 1-14 the past 15 games…and still comfortably in the eighth seed. The freaking East.
21
27-35
24-40
--
Last Week: 21
With JaVale McGee unable to appear on Shaqtin'-A-Fool, Nate Robinson's Taco Bell spot might be Denver's best contribution to fans this season.

Last Week: 24
Feels like a much-needed organizational overhaul is in the works.
22
22-41
24-39

Last Week: 19
Leave it to a visit to Philadelphia to snap a five-game skid and prevent a winless six-game road trip.

Last Week: 23
Disappointing season, unraveling organization.
23
26-35
22-41

Last Week: 20
Losers of six straight and 14 of 15...and they still hold a three game lead for the East's eighth seed.

Last Week: 21
Found the perfect remedy for a rough patch on Saturday: Play the Sixers.
24
24-39
24-40

Last Week: 23
Very little D in Detroit these days. Allowing 109.8 points since the break.

Last Week: 20
Lose four straight right when you think they’re starting to turn a corner.
25
24-40
22-41

Last Week: 18
Lost their last four by an average of 13.5 points.

Last Week: 26
Boogie Cousins (15) holding off Blake Griffin (13) for the NBA’s lead in technical fouls.
26
22-41
22-42

Last Week: 24
Seven-game trip is off to a 1-2 start. Final four on the swing will be played in six nights.

Last Week: 27
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
27
19-45
22-41

Last Week: 26
League's worst road team (4-29) traveling to face the league's worst home team in Milwaukee (7-26) on Monday night.

Last Week: 25
Rajon Rondo in Sunday’s win over Detroit: 18 assists, 0 turnovers.
28
22-42
19-45

Last Week: 27
Thrilling comeback win over OKC doesn't change the 136 points per game they allowed in their three prior.
--
Last Week: 28
A respectable 15-16 at home, an atrocious 4-29 on the road.
29
12-50
15-47
--
Last Week: 29
Somehow beat Utah at home by 26 points.
--
Last Week: 29
Lost 16 in a row. Giving up 110.9 points per game.
30
15-47
12-50
--
Last Week: 30
Skid has reached 16 games.
--
Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.