Power Rankings Week 11: Thunder fall, Pacers maintain top spot

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

Oklahoman Modified: January 13, 2014 at 10:53 am •  Published: January 13, 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 11 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Power Rankings - Week 11
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
29-7
29-7
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Last Week: 1
Paul George has cooled off, shooting 34.1 percent in his last five. Pacers have not.
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Last Week: 1
Stan Van Gundy called them the best defensive team in 20 years.
2
25-14
29-8
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Last Week: 2
They're 12-2 since Andre Iguodala returned to the lineup.

Last Week: 5
Won four straight games – against four solid Western Conference teams – by an average of 16.5 points.
3
29-8
28-9

Last Week: 5
The Spurs did it again with Marco Belinelli.

Last Week: 4
Telling stretch coming up: Spurs, Mavs, Rockets, Thunder. All on the road.
4
28-9
27-10

Last Week: 6
Still waiting on their offense to cool off. It's not happening.

Last Week: 4
Wake them up in mid-April.
5
28-9
28-9

Last Week: 2
Just 5-4 since Russell Westbrook last went down. Three of those wins are against Charlotte, Boston and Milwaukee.

Last Week: 2
Just 5-4 since the Westbrook injury, but still one game from the West’s top seed.
6
27-10
26-13

Last Week: 4
Back-to-back losses to the Knicks and Nets. Bad.

Last Week: 8
Blake Griffin continues to do obscene things to opposing defenders.
7
26-13
25-14

Last Week: 7
They're 3-1 so far without Chris Paul, but a brutal seven-game trip is looming.

Last Week: 6
Warriors have won 11 of 12. Thunder play host to them on Friday.
8
24-14
24-14

Last Week: 7
Their 13-11 record against Western Conference teams is a little worrisome.

Last Week: 6
James Harden is averaging 32.6 points in his last five games. Thunder visit Houston on Thursday.
9
18-17
22-16

Last Week: 10
We have a fourth Eastern Conference team above .500.

Last Week: 10
Escaped two games this year on last second no-calls that the NBA has later admitted should have been fouls.
10
21-15
21-15

Last Week: 8
Can they hold on without Eric Bledsoe?

Last Week: 9
The Eric Bledsoe injury could be crippling. Said Charles Barkley: “They’re done”
11
22-16
18-17

Last Week: 13
Dirk still capable of putting up 40 even at 35.

Last Week: 12
They are 9-3 in the last 12, with the losses coming to Miami, Indiana and San Antonio. Third best team in the East.
12
19-17
19-17

Last Week: 18
Five-game winning streak has followed their eight-game losing streak.

Last Week: 15
Tough team to figure out. Followed up eight-game losing streak with current five-game win streak.
13
20-18
18-19

Last Week: 12
Paul Millsap is shooting 38.2 percent since Al Horford went down.
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Last Week: 13
Lotta talent, but sounds like a splintering locker room.
14
17-19
20-18

Last Week: 16
Still without Marc Gasol, now they must adjust without Tony Allen, who is out with a fracture in his hand.

Last Week: 11
Mike Budenholzer is quietly doing a fantastic job in his first year as an NBA coach.
15
17-18
17-19

Last Week: 22
Won five straight and again hanging around .500.

Last Week: 16
Mike Conley in January: 22 points, 6.4 assists on 50 percent shooting. Grizzlies are 4-2.
16
18-19
17-18

Last Week: 14
They're 4-15 against teams .500 and above and 14-4 against sub-.500 teams. Sums up everything you need to know about the Wolves.

Last Week: 18
I’m pretty sure Tom Thibodeau could turn me into a competent NBA defender.
17
16-19
16-19

Last Week: 15
They haven't been above .500 all year.
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Last Week: 17
A Washington-Toronto first round series would be weirdly entertaining.
18
16-22
15-21

Last Week: 21
Josh Smith is averaging 19, 10 and four in the New Year.

Last Week: 14
Ravaged by injuries. Their three best players have all missed significant time.
19
15-22
15-22

Last Week: 20
If the playoffs started today, they'd be the eighth seed.

Last Week: 22
Their five wins in January already match their totals from both December and November.
20
14-22
16-22

Last Week: 23
On a season-high four-game winning streak.

Last Week: 21
Josh Smith: Chucking jumpers and cashing paychecks. Living the life.
21
13-22
14-22

Last Week: 25
Dare we say the Rudy Gay experiment is working?

Last Week: 26
The New York teams are quietly a combined 10-2 in 2014.
22
15-21
13-22

Last Week: 11
These guys can't catch a break from the injury bug. Now Jrue Holiday is out with a leg injury.

Last Week: 24
If you’re visiting Sacramento, prepare for a shootout.
23
15-23
12-26

Last Week: 17
Lost three games last week by an average of 15.6 points.

Last Week: 27
Saw an article this week titled: “Are the Jazz winning too much?”
24
12-26
14-23
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Last Week: 24
Only team this season to shoot 50 percent or better against the Thunder.

Last Week: 19
In a tight battle with the Kings for worst team in California.
25
13-24
15-23

Last Week: 29
Maybe Luol Deng will help save this ship from sinking.

Last Week: 20
Seven of last eight games have been on the road. They only have one win during that stretch. Exposed.
26
12-25
10-27

Last Week: 19
Showed a pulse with four straight wins. Then lost four straight.

Last Week: 29
They’re 0-6 in 2014, falling by an average of 17.3 points per.
27
14-23
12-25
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Last Week: 27
Lost four straight and 10 of 11.

Last Week: 23
Given up 100 or more points in 14 of the past 15 games. The exception: 99 points.
28
10-27
13-25
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Last Week: 28
Lost seven straight and 18 of 22.

Last Week: 25
Eight straight losses for the Celtics. Longest streak in the league.
29
13-25
13-24

Last Week: 26
Lost eight straight and 12 of 13.

Last Week: 28
Capped off this recent 3-9 stretch by falling to the Kings by 44 points. Woof.
30
7-29
7-29
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Last Week: 30
Loved what I saw from Giannis Antetokounmpo over the weekend.
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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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