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Power Rankings Week 8: Blazers and Thunder continue to impress

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

Oklahoman Modified: December 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013
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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 eight weeks of games:

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

Power Rankings - Week 8
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
23-5
22-5
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Last Week: 1
Damian Lillard getting scary good; averaging 28 points in his last five.

Last Week: 2
The loss at home to Toronto was bad, but they've won 17 of 19, many of the impressive variety.
2
22-5
22-5

Last Week: 3
Don't let a disappointing home loss to Toronto overshadow 17 wins in 19 tries.

Last Week: 1
Followed up a narrow loss to the revenge-driven Heat with a 33-point whooping of the Rockets.
3
22-5
20-6

Last Week: 2
Responded to first two-game losing streak this season by yielding just 80 points per game in two subsequent wins.
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Last Week: 3
LeBron James is shooting better than 60 percent from the field and 41 percent from three.
4
20-6
23-5

Last Week: 5
Held serve at home in a rematch with Indiana; Dwyane Wade looking like his old self.

Last Week: 4
It's not all about the buzzer-beaters: Damian Lillard is averaging 31 points and seven assists in the last four games.
5
21-6
21-6

Last Week: 4
Went into Golden State and won without Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. Only the Spurs.

Last Week: 4
Combined record of the five teams they’ve lost to: 105-34
6
20-9
20-9

Last Week: 9
Their matchup with Golden State will save a stale Christmas Day slate. Oh yeah, they've won eight of 11.
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Last Week: 6
Won six of the last seven by an average of 14.3 points per game.
7
16-10
18-10

Last Week: 8
This scrappy squad just keeps on growing on you.
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Last Week: 7
Just 5-5 in December, with losses to the Jazz and Kings.
8
18-10
15-12

Last Week: 6
They're 2-2 in their last four, and none of the four were decided by less than 15 points.

Last Week: 9
Monta Ellis is shooting 47 percent, his best clip since 2008, and averaging nearly six assists per game.
9
15-12
15-13

Last Week: 15
It's good to play in the East.

Last Week: 8
Fighting through some things, like injury and inconsistency, but still believe they'll be a threat come late April.
10
15-13
16-10
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Last Week: 12
Just 2.1 seconds from possibly being 3-0 since Andre Iguodala returned from injury.

Last Week: 13
We keep doubting, they keep winning: 8-2 in December.
11
12-13
14-12

Last Week: 16
John Wall in December: 20.5 points, four rebounds, 9.4 assists and two steals.

Last Week: 10
Just 5-6 in December, without all five wins over sub-.500 teams.
12
11-14
15-12

Last Week: 24
They're 4-1 since acquiring the pieces received in the Rudy Gay trade.

Last Week: 11
Averaging a league-best 25.6 assists per game. Speaks to their ball movement.
13
13-16
13-15
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Last Week: 13
Odd week. Beat the Pacers in Indy. Get trounced by the Rockets in Detroit.

Last Week: 15
If Minny could win more games, Kevin Love would be a legit MVP candidate: 25.9 points, 13.9 boards per game.
14
15-12
12-13

Last Week: 7
It's been one step forward and one step back for the Mavs since late November. But they're on pace to win 46 games.

Last Week: 19
At 12-13, they have the fourth best record in the East. Gross.
15
14-12
11-14

Last Week: 11
Yielded 106.6 points on average in last week's three-game skid.

Last Week: 17
Anthony Davis has put up 45 points and 21 rebounds combined in his first two games back from injury.
16
13-15
13-14

Last Week: 14
At what point does Kevin Love become Kevin Garnett, a great player who just can't it done in Minnesota?

Last Week: 12
Kobe's out for six weeks, but they've been a better team without him this year.
17
13-15
11-14

Last Week: 20
Look at what Al Jefferson is producing. Now compare that to Serge Ibaka.

Last Week: 25
The Raptors have won four straight road games, over the Bulls, Lakers, Mavs and Thunder. Impressive.
18
11-14
11-15

Last Week: 19
Welcome back, Anthony Davis.

Last Week: 14
They are 4-9 since Marc Gasol’s injury.
19
13-14
13-16

Last Week: 12
Does any player get a bigger pass than Pau Gasol?

Last Week: 16
Josh Smith and Kevin Durant have both taken 119 threes this year. KD has made 49, Josh Smith 31.
20
11-15
13-15

Last Week: 18
Eleven players have started at least one game, as injuries have decimated this team.
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Last Week: 20
Giving up 93.0 points per game, second fewest behind the Pacers.
21
12-17
12-17

Last Week: 17
Averaging 102.6 points in wins and 89.6 points in losses.
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Last Week: 21
Brad Stevens, basketball wizard.
22
10-16
10-16

Last Week: 26
Hands down the most disappointing team outside of New York. Haven't been .500 since they were 2-2.
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Last Week: 22
Andrew Bynum is averaging 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in December. Looking a little better.
23
10-16
10-16

Last Week: 21
Now 4-11 since losing Derrick Rose.

Last Week: 18
There are injury issues and there is whatever is going on in Chicago right now. You think they’d sign me to a 10-day?
24
8-18
9-17

Last Week: 25
Just 2-4 with Rudy Gay in the lineup. Who didn't see that coming?

Last Week: 28
But at least they're the best team in New York.
25
9-17
8-18

Last Week: 29
Unfortunate news on Brook Lopez's season-ending injury. But more evidence of why going all-in is foolish.

Last Week: 27
Toronto is 4-1 since the Rudy Gay trade, Sacramento is 2-4.
26
8-18
8-22

Last Week: 28
Dropped two more at home last week to Washington and Memphis to fall to 4-10 at MSG.

Last Week: 29
Playing pretty good ball, with four wins in their last six road games.
27
8-19
8-18

Last Week: 23
Arron Afflalo's presence is only stunting the growth of Maurice Harkless.

Last Week: 26
They are 0-8 against the West this season, with OKC set to visit on Christmas.
28
8-20
8-19

Last Week: 22
Allowing an eye-popping 114.6 points per game in December.

Last Week: 23
Arron Afflalo (21.8 ppg) could really help a contender. Look for Orlando to ship him for some assets.
29
8-22
8-20

Last Week: 27
Trey Burke showing promise in December, averaging right at 14 points and six assists.

Last Week: 24
Giving up 111.7 points per game, a higher average than any team since 2009-10.
30
6-21
6-21
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Last Week: 30
Sixteen of their losses have come against the East. Nobody else has more than 11.
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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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