NBA Power Rankings Week 21: Pacers plummet, Spurs and Clippers remain up top

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

Oklahoman Modified: April 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm •  Published: April 7, 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 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 | 19 | 20 | 21

Power Rankings - Week 22
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
60-17
60-17
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Last Week: 1
Responded to their first loss in 20 games by blasting the Grizzlies by 20.
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Last Week: 1
They are 17-1 since March 4th. The Pacers and Heat are 17-21 since that date.
2
55-23
55-23
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Last Week: 2
J.J. Redick is back, and the Clippers are closing in on the 2 seed.

Last Week: 3
Monster home game against OKC on Wednesday. One game back with a chance to take tiebreaker with win.
3
55-21
55-21
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Last Week: 3
Kevin Durant took a career-high 15 3-pointers against the Suns. And for no apparent reason.

Last Week: 2
The one-seed is out of reach. Now it's about avoiding the three-seed.
4
51-25
53-23
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Last Week: 4
Finished a rough week with a quality win over the Thunder.

Last Week: 5
Title hopes come down to Dwyane Wade’s health. A risky gamble.
5
53-23
51-25
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Last Week: 5
Dwyane Wade is either going to be good and rested come playoff time or rusty and fragile.

Last Week: 6
I think they’d gladly take the fourth seed over third. It likely means Blazers and Spurs rather than GSW and OKC/LAC.
6
45-32
48-29

Last Week: 7
Need to go 5-0 for their first 50-win season in franchise history.

Last Week: 7
Nearly won two series as a six-seed last season. And I still think they’re that dangerous again.
7
48-29
50-28

Last Week: 8
What in the world is going on what this coaching staff?

Last Week: 8
Clinched the playoffs and a 50-win season. Nice turnaround, but not a title threat.
8
53-25
53-25

Last Week: 6
Imploding before our eyes.

Last Week: 4
Timberrrrrrrr.
9
47-31
45-32
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Last Week: 9
If the playoffs started today, they'd get the Thunder.
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Last Week: 9
If a Bulls-Pacers series started tomorrow, who you got?
10
46-31
45-32

Last Week: 11
Goran Dragic is the league's Most Improved Player.
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Last Week: 10
Clinched a better than .500 record for the first time in seven seasons.
11
45-32
47-31

Last Week: 12
What if Sam Presti drafted Joakim Noah over Jeff Green in 2007?

Last Week: 12
The safest bet of the final three to make it in.
12
50-28
47-31

Last Week: 10
Home win over New Orleans on Sunday made them the fifth 50-win team in the West.

Last Week: 11
End the season at Phoenix and then at home against Dallas. Those could be slightly big.
13
42-34
46-31

Last Week: 14
My money says they still get in and Phoenix falls short.

Last Week: 14
They won’t die.
14
39-38
42-34

Last Week: 16
Started an undefeated four-game week with a gritty comeback win over Washington. Ended it by overcoming 44 from Kyrie Irving.

Last Week: 13
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 32-13 in 2014.
15
45-32
40-37

Last Week: 13
Lot of teams hoping they miss the playoffs. Lot of time left, though.
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Last Week: 15
John Wall’s averages in his breakout season: 19.8 points, 8.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 steals.
16
40-37
39-38

Last Week: 15
Home blowout loss to the Bulls was disturbing.

Last Week: 17
A franchise that still hasn’t won a playoff game. Can that change this year?
17
33-45
38-38
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Last Week: 17
Only a matter of time, Mike Woodson.

Last Week: 16
38-38, always destined for 41-41.
18
38-38
34-42
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Last Week: 18
Mired in mediocrity.

Last Week: 20
Were up 45-15 on the Pacers in Indiana at one point on Sunday.
19
34-42
33-45

Last Week: 22
Had they had Al Horford, they might have been able to make a little postseason noise.

Last Week: 18
Amazing that they’re 33-45 and we’re still talking about playoff possibilities.
20
31-47
32-45

Last Week: 21
Kyrie Irving continues to claim he doesn't want out of Cleveland. Not buying it.

Last Week: 19
Thunder get them twice in the final four games.
21
33-44
33-44

Last Week: 20
Allowed at least 100 points in 10 of 11 games.
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Last Week: 21
This’ll be the first time they fail to make the playoffs since before Melo was there.
22
32-45
31-47

Last Week: 19
Lost five straight and might not win again this season. Remaining schedule is just brutal.
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Last Week: 22
Got some pieces. Feels like an important offseason is coming.
23
27-50
27-50
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Last Week: 23
Ray McCallum continues to impress in place of Isaiah Thomas.
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Last Week: 23
Haven’t beat an above-.500 team since early February.
24
28-49
25-52

Last Week: 25
There was a time we actually considered these guys a playoff team.

Last Week: 24
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
25
25-52
28-49

Last Week: 24
Sad state of affairs for a once-proud franchise.

Last Week: 27
A trendy preseason pick to make the playoffs is now 28-49 on the season.
26
22-55
24-53

Last Week: 27
Can't wait to see what GM Rob Hennigan does this summer.
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Last Week: 26
Just 3-17 since February 28th.
27
24-53
23-54

Last Week: 28
Have now lost 17 of 20.

Last Week: 24
Eight straight losses right as tanking season is heating up.
28
23-54
22-55

Last Week: 26
Sad state of affairs for a once-proud franchise.
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Last Week: 28
A respectable 18-20 at home, an atrocious 4-35 on the road.
29
14-63
17-60
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Last Week: 29
Brandon Knight had a nice dunk against Toronto.
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Last Week: 29
The 26-game losing streak still won’t give them best lottery odds. Go Bucks.
30
17-60
14-63
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Last Week: 30
Shameful.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.