NBA Power Rankings Week 19: Clippers, Spurs battle for top spot

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

Oklahoman Modified: March 17, 2014 at 10:38 am •  Published: March 17, 2014

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 19 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18

Power Rankings - Week 19
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
48-20
50-16

Last Week: 2
A once-questionable defense is allowing just 96.7 points during an NBA-best 11-game winning streak.
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Last Week: 1
Won 10 straight and now two games ahead of the Thunder.
2
50-16
48-20

Last Week: 3
They've won 10 straight and are positioning themselves to go into the playoffs healthy, rested and rolling.

Last Week: 3
Won 11 straight and now only one game back of the Thunder.
3
49-17
49-17

Last Week: 6
As expected, they turned things around last week by beating up on bad teams (Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit).

Last Week: 4
Roy Hibbert is shooting 46 percent from the field. Seems mighty low for a 7-foot-3 All-Star center.
4
45-19
48-18
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Last Week: 4
Consecutive home losses to Brooklyn and Denver make their funk look worse than it probably is.

Last Week: 5
Giving up 108.3 points per game since the All-Star break. Just 5-6 in that span.
5
44-22
48-18

Last Week: 1
Lost three straight, but they're still 15-5 since Jan. 28.

Last Week: 6
They won’t panic, but areas of concerned have popped up during recent struggles (lost five of seven).
6
40-27
44--22

Last Week: 7
Winners of four of five and have a very favorable eight-game home stand on deck.

Last Week: 2
Went 0-3 on a tough road trip to OKC, Chicago and Miami.
7
48-18
42-26

Last Week: 5
The starting lineup, the rotation, the defense. It seems everything is out of whack right now with these guys.
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Last Week: 7
Smoked by Cleveland at home, beat Portland on the road. This team makes no sense.
8
37-28
39-27

Last Week: 9
Need to go at least 11-6 to finish with a franchise-record 48 wins.

Last Week: 9
Nightmare first-round matchup for the Thunder.
9
37-29
40-27

Last Week: 11
Joakim Noah is flirting with a triple-double nearly every game, doing all he can to keep these guys afloat.

Last Week: 10
Ideal first-round matchup for the Thunder (despite Sunday’s result).
10
35-31
37-29
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Last Week: 10
John Wall is shooting 51.5 percent from 3 in March. If he gets that shot down, he'll be unstoppable.

Last Week: 11
Joakim Noah may finish third in the MVP voting.
11
42-26
43-24

Last Week: 12
Don't be surprised if they finish as the fourth seed. Their remaining schedule is relatively soft.

Last Week: 8
Lost five of six and now LaMarcus Aldridge is out. Fading fast.
12
43-24
37-28

Last Week: 8
Gave up 41 to James Harden, 36 to Anthony Davis and 37 to Stephen Curry over the past week. That D needs work.

Last Week: 13
Seven of their next eight come against sub-.500 teams. Chance to solidify third seed.
13
39-27
33-31
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Last Week: 13
The remaining schedule suggests they'll have to win on the road to get in the playoffs.

Last Week: 15
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 23-10 in 2014.
14
38-28
38-28
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Last Week: 14
Recently dropped six of nine but are now 2-1 since Eric Bledsoe returned. Don't count them out of the playoffs just yet.

Last Week: 12
Cinderella season slipping away a bit. Now a game out of the playoffs.
15
33-31
35-31

Last Week: 16
They're 31-2 when leading after three quarters. The two losses? Both came against Washington.

Last Week: 14
With a few roster tweaks, it feels like they’re a year or two away from being a legit title threat.
16
33-34
33-32

Last Week: 16
A favorable schedule in their final 15 could help them finish with a winning record for only the second time in franchise history.
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Last Week: 16
Their decade-long playoff drought will continue.
17
33-32
33-34

Last Week: 17
Kevin Love still getting his.
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Last Week: 17
Gonna make the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.
18
27-40
29-35

Last Week: 20
They're 13 games under yet making a push for the eighth seed.

Last Week: 20
Three straight wins. But can they hold off the Knicks for the eighth spot?
19
29-35
27-40

Last Week: 23
After opening the door with losses in 14 of 15, they've won three straight to keep the Knicks at bay for the eighth seed.

Last Week: 21
Making a late-season playoff push with six straight wins. Too little, too late?
20
27-39
29-37

Last Week: 18
Anthony Davis is getting scary good. He's averaging 33.2 points, 14.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in his last five.

Last Week: 18
Kenneth Faried has reemerged as a force this month: 21.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg.
21
29-37
27-39
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Last Week: 21
Brian Shaw's dream to get defense out of this bunch was admirable. It really was.

Last Week: 19
Anthony Davis turned 21 on Tuesday. Then he dropped 40 points and 21 rebounds on Sunday.
22
26-41
26-41

Last Week: 25
Kyrie Irving could miss the rest of the season with a biceps injury. It'd be an unfortunate but fitting end to what's been a tumultuous season.

Last Week: 24
Just 4-8 in their past 12, but three of those wins have come at OKC, at Phoenix and at Golden State.
23
25-41
25-41

Last Week: 24
Let's all just hope Andre Drummond's neck injury isn't serious.

Last Week: 22
Disappointing season, unraveling organization.
24
23-44
23-44

Last Week: 26
Went 2-5 on their seven-game road trip, with their two victories predictably coming at Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

Last Week: 25
Thunder plays them twice in the next month.
25
22-45
22-45

Last Week: 19
Did you know the Celtics are just 4-25 against the West? Monday's game against Dallas closes out their Western Conference slate.

Last Week: 27
No Brad Stevens in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Sad face.
26
22-45
22-44

Last Week: 22
Showed a pulse from mid-December through late February. Now, they've lost nine of 10.
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Last Week: 26
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
27
22-44
22-45

Last Week: 28
They lost by 34 at San Antonio despite no Spur playing more than 26 minutes.

Last Week: 23
Jabari Parker is Mormon. Beyond basketball, the Jazz seem like a perfect fit.
28
19-48
19-48

Last Week: 27
Allowed at least 21 points to Brandon Knight, Kenneth Faried and Trevor Ariza in an 0-3 week.
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Last Week: 28
A respectable 15-18 at home, an atrocious 4-30 on the road.
29
13-54
15-51
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Last Week: 29
Started last week by taking advantage of the league's worst road team (Orlando) before losing four straight. Now a four-game west trip looms.
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Last Week: 29
Lost 20 in a row. Giving up 110.8 points per game.
30
15-51
13-54
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Last Week: 30
Skid has reached 20 games.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.