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TSN.ca NBA Power Rankings

Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:28 PM

The Mavericks, Trail Blazers and Raptors rise while the Warriors, Rockets, Suns and Kings slide in this week's TSN.ca NBA Power Rankings.

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This Week1Last Week1San Antonio Spurs59-16

19 straight wins, since suffering their last loss February 21 in Phoenix. Their last loss at home was January 29 and they're running a balanced operation -- since the All-Star break, seven players are scoring in double figures, with none over Tony Parker's 15.3 ppg.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week2Last Week2Los Angeles Clippers54-22

17-2 in the past 19 games, the Clippers put a lot on their top guys, PG Chris Paul and PF Blake Griffin, but their rotating cast of perimeter players -- Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, Danny Grangers, Jared Dudley -- gives them a lot of flexibility.
Key Injuries: SG Jamal Crawford (calf), SF Danny Granger (hamstring).

This Week3Last Week3Oklahoma City Thunder54-19

Reggie Jackson may not be a starter, but he's playing 29 minutes a game for the Thunder and was crucial in the absence of Russell Westbrook. For the time being, that leaves more minutes for Derek Fisher, which doesn't seem ideal for a title contender.
Key Injuries: SG Thabo Sefolosha (calf), C Kendrick Perkins (groin), PG Reggie Jackson (back).

This Week4Last Week5Miami Heat52-22

Four straight wins is better than what the Heat have been doing recently, but let's not get carried away: two came against Milwaukee and one against Detroit.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week5Last Week4Indiana Pacers53-23

3-6 in the past nine games is a rather troubling stretch for the Pacers, who are having a difficult time incorporating SG Evan Turner into their rotation. Turner has been inefficient offensively, scoring fewer than one point per shot, and isn't up to Pacers' standards defensively. Other than that...
Key Injuries: None.

This Week6Last Week10Dallas Mavericks44-31

The only regulation loss in the past 10 games was against the Clippers, but there are three OT losses in there too. Nevertheless, a healthy roster, with Vince Carter giving more off the bench, moves the Mavs up.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week7Last Week16Portland Trail Blazers49-27

PF LaMarcus Aldridge returns and the Blazers win four straight, shooting up the rankings, past a bunch of teams that have their own injury concerns at the moment.
Key Injuries: PF Joel Freeland (knee).

This Week8Last Week12Toronto Raptors43-32

It hasn't been smooth sailing all year, but the Raptors have clinched a playoff spot and are still in the running for home court in the first round. The way the Eastern Conference is shaping up, there is a chance to do more than just qualify.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week9Last Week8Chicago Bulls43-32

In a star-driven league, it's remarkable to see the season that the Bulls have had without Derrick Rose. Five wins in the past six games leaves them with the Raptors in the middle seeds.
Key Injuries: PG Derrick Rose (knee).

This Week10Last Week11Memphis Grizzlies44-31

Three losses in four games for a Grizz team that isn't scoring terribly efficiently and fall into a three-way tie for 7th (8th and 9th) in the West with Dallas and Phoenix.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week11Last Week6Golden State Warriors46-29

One regulation win in the past five games and their two startings bigs are hurt, so the Warriors drop while they wait for a healthy frontcourt.
Key Injuries: C Andrew Bogut (pelvis), PF David Lee (hamstring).

This Week12Last Week7Houston Rockets49-25

Losers of three straight with Dwight Howard out of the lineup, the Rockets also miss Patrick Beverley, who usurped Jeremy Lin from the starting point guard spot.
Key Injuries: C Dwight Howard (ankle), PG Patrick Beverley (knee).

This Week13Last Week14Minnesota Timberwolves37-37

It's been quite a season; the seventh-best point differential in the more difficult Western Conference, while missing C Nikola Pekovic for 20 games, and they're not even close to a playoff berth. Better luck next year, T-Wolves.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week14Last Week9Phoenix Suns44-31

Back-to-back losses to both L.A. teams leaves the Suns in precarious position, tied for a playoff spot, but of their seven remaining games, five are against playoff teams and five are on the road.
Key Injuries: C Emeka Okafor (neck).

This Week15Last Week15Washington Wizards39-36

The Wizards have clinched a playoff spot, and have a bench bolstered by veterans PG Andre Miller and PF Drew Gooden.
Key Injuries: PF Nene (knee).

This Week16Last Week13Brooklyn Nets40-34

Wednesday's loss to the Knicks was the Nets' first regulation loss in nine games, but that frontcourt is getting thin.
Key Injuries: C Brook Lopez (foot), C Kevin Garnett (back), F Andrei Kirilenko (ankle).

This Week17Last Week18New York Knicks33-43

Going 12-3 in the past 15 games has lifted the Knicks into a playoff spot. Hard to believe, but now they might even cause trouble as PF Amare' Stoudemire is contributing 16 points and six rebounds per game as a starter.
Key Injuries: PF Andrea Bargnani (elbow), PF Kenyon Martin (ankle).

This Week18Last Week17Charlotte Bobcats37-38

8-4 in the past dozen games, the Bobcats are pretty solidly in playoff position, riding C Al Jefferson in the low post, but also getting efficient production from wings Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week19Last Week19Atlanta Hawks32-42

Seven losses in eight games has cost the Hawks a playoff spot, and it sure doesn't look like they have what it takes to get it back.
Key Injuries: C Al Horford (pectoral).

This Week20Last Week22Cleveland Cavaliers31-45

Five wins in the past six games, and PG Kyrie Irving is back, so the Cavs still have a theoretical hope for a playoff spot, two games back with six left on the schedule.
Key Injuries: SG C.J. Miles (ankle), C Anderson Varejao (shoulder)

This Week21Last Week21Denver Nuggets33-42

PF Kenneth Faried is, almost by default, the Nuggets' go-to player, averaging 19.8 points per game, on 55.8% from the field, since the All-Star break.
Key Injuries: SF Danilo Gallinari (knee), C JaVale McGee (leg), G Nate Robinson (knee), C J.J. Hickson (knee), SF Wilson Chandler (hip).

This Week22Last Week23New Orleans Pelicans32-43

Followed a five-game winning streak with three straight losses and while the season is a bust, the Pelicans are finding out that they have a future MVP candidate in PF Anthony Davis.
Key Injuries: PF Ryan Anderson (back), PG Jrue Holiday (tibia), PF Jason Smith (knee), SG Eric Gordon (knee).

This Week23Last Week24Detroit Pistons27-48

C Andre Drummond is the most efficient scorer on the roster so, naturally, he's tied for fifth in field-goal attempts since the All-Star break.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week24Last Week25Boston Celtics23-52

11 losses in 12 games helps improve the Celtics' lottery odds, which turns out to be important stuff among teams down here.
Key Injuries: SF Gerald Wallace (knee).

This Week25Last Week20Sacramento Kings27-48

5-6 in the past 11 games isn't bad, but losing PG Isaiah Thomas is, so the Kings drop five spots.
Key Injuries: PG Isaiah Thomas (quad).

This Week26Last Week27Los Angeles Lakers25-50

Four losses in the past five games, but the Lakers do get the occasional appearance from PG Steve Nash, who has 16 assists in 37 minutes over his past two appearances.
Key Injuries: SG Kobe Bryant (knee), PF Pau Gasol (vertigo).

This Week27Last Week28Orlando Magic21-54

SF Tobias Harris is re-emerging, leading the Magic with 17.0 ppg since the All-Star break. He finished strong last year, but it didn't translate to immediate success this year.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week28Last Week26Utah Jazz23-52

Two wins in the past 18 games for a Jazz team that has potential, but is still pretty raw.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week29Last Week29Milwaukee Bucks14-61

One win in the past dozen games isn't enough for the Bucks to fall back into the bottom spot.
Key Injuries: SF Carlos Delfino (foot), PF Larry Sanders (orbital bone), PF Ersan Ilyasova (ankle), SG O.J. Mayo (ankle).

This Week30Last Week30Philadelphia 76ers16-59

High drama for the Sixers. With seven games left, they need one more win to hit the over. The wins don't come easily, but could they take one of two from the Celtics?
Key Injuries: C Nerlens Noel (knee), SG Jason Richardson (knee).

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