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NBA Power Rankings, Week 19: I Have the Power!


The Thunder recovered from their three game skid against the Spurs, Magic, and Lakers to win three in a row off of the Pacers, Hawks, and Suns. Which of those seems more significant???

Regardless, they now have a stretch of four games leading up to their re-match against the Heat, and the Thunder would do well not to look too far ahead. The 76ers are knocking on a playoff spot, and the Wizards took the Thunder to overtime in OKC. We're nearing the home stretch; now is not the time to get complacent, especially with teams like the Grizzlies on their heels.


From Around the NBA:


SOURCE RANKING (last) COMMENT
SB Nation 8 (9) Pleas from afar for Kendrick Perkins to heal quickly. Amen.
ESPN - Hollinger 9 (9) The Thunder have basically been playing .500 ball for a month.
ESPN - Stein 7 (8) Grizzlies coming on strong; have three wins against both Thunder AND the Mavericks.
NBA.com 7 (8) The Thunder are locked into the 4th seed, as long as things don't fall apart.
CBS Sports n/a (11) n/a
ProBasketballTalk 7 (8) If the Thunder stay in the 4th seed, this would mean that the Spurs potentially loom in the 2nd round. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though.
Hoopsworld 7 (8) Thunder have yet to really reap any benefit from the big trades.
Behind the Basket 9 (9) Rest of the month isn't difficult, but the Thunder really need to become more consistent to be ready for the playoffs.
FoxSports 9 (7) Stuck in the mud since taking over the division lead, still ahead of the Nuggets and Trail Blazers.
SportsIllustrated 8 (10) Going small down the stretch has hurt the Thunder in the paint; the addition of Nazr Mohammed doesn't help if he's on the bench.
Covers 9 (9) The trades have not held up on the gambling front, as the team is 2-4 ATS.



Rankings updated when available