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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still on top, Clippers climbing

The Golden State Warriors are still the cream of the crop but the Los Angeles Clippers are surging at the most appropriate time.

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1.       Golden State Warriors: The Warriors have got to be the favorites in the West.  They just continue to blow teams out.

2.      Los Angeles Clippers:  Watching Big Baby run is still fascinating to me.  Oh yeah and the Clippers are looking good in time for the playoffs.

3.      San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are looking like the Spurs in time for playoffs. Yay Spurs.

4.      Portland Trail Blazers: Eventually their luck has to run out, but I commend them for keeping the fight going.

5.      Atlanta Hawks: To quote the great Lang Whitaker, the Hawks are the only team that clinches the conference and tanks at the same time.

6.      Houston Rockets: Dwight saying he gonna be a role player. Let's see if that happens.

7.      Cleveland Cavaliers: YOU HAD ONE JOB CLEVELAND... NOT TO LOSE TO BROOKLYN!!!!

8.     Memphis Grizzlies: Eventually the Grizz will look like the second best team in the west again right?

9.      Oklahoma City Thunder: See you next season Kevin Durant. Gone but not forgotten.

10.  Dallas Mavericks: Is Monta Ellis back? Does Monta Ellis still have it all???

11.   Chicago Bulls: Wait Rose is actually expected to return? Wait he isn't going to prolong the injury.

12.  Brooklyn Nets: The Nets will just not die.  There is a strong possibility that we will see them in the first round.

13.  New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis is gonna have to be Anthony Davis in order to make it to his first playoff series.

14.  Utah Jazz: This team will be fun next season.

15.   Toronto Raptors: Will the defense improve by the time playoffs start? Fans can only hope so.

16.  Phoenix Suns: Late season playoff push.....FEEL THE EXCITEMENT.

17.   Boston Celtics: I am not sure if I could mentally handle another series with the Celtics

18.  Detroit Pistons: Pistons, all we ask is for you to pass the Nets in the standings.

19.  Washington Wizards: The Wizards are confusing and at what point to do we wonder if Bradley Beal will be considered injury prone.

20. Charlotte Hornets: Tough loss to the Wizards, very gutsy that they could come back and win against a Hawks team that rested their starters.

21.  Indiana Pacers: Pacers finally break the losing streak and to the Mavericks because...of course.

22. Milwaukee Bucks: So I see the MCW experiment is off to a fantastic start.

23. Miami Heat: So the Heat are supposed to possibly give the Hawks a tough time...even though they were blown out.

24. Sacramento Kings: Stauskas? Stauskas??....Stauskas!!!

25.  Denver Nuggets: Nice to see that a team with the ultimate home court advantage are now pushing the pace.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves: At times I laugh a little that Flip Saunders is an upgrade to what thye have had in the past.

27.  Philadelphia 76ers: Gotta give this team credit. We thought they would be historically bad, instead they are just bad.

28. Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe is rolling in his grave.

29. Orlando Magic: Despite being near the bottom, they always give the rival Atlanta Hawks a tough game.

30. New York Knicks: Another week being dead last. The Knicks are so good at being bad.