|Rank||Team||Record||Prev. Rank||Last Week ||SB Nation Blog|
|3||Los Angeles Clippers||33-13
||1||W: POR, L: @GSW, OKC, @PHO, @POR
|The Clippers played another game-dense stretch without Chris Paul and, this time around, really fell off defensively (and, against Phoenix, shot as poorly as they have all year) and took a serious slide. It's been kinda fun, though, watching Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom ease into more creative rolls in Paul's absence.|
|2||Oklahoma City Thunder||34-11||2||W: @LAC, @SAC; L: @GSW
||Welcome to Loud City|
|The Thunder defended well below league average for most of their six-game road trip (3-3), which they might've weathered a bit better if Russell Westbrook (and in a couple of those games, Kevin Durant) hadn't shot basketballs so poorly.|
|1||San Antonio Spurs||36-11
||3||W: @ PHI, NO, @DAL, PHO
||Pounding the Rock|
|They've been totally fine without Tim Duncan in uniform and fine without Gregg Popovich on the bench. The Spurs have now elected to stop wearing sneakers.|
||4||W: TOR, DET; L: @BOS
||Hot Hot Hoops|
|The Heat still seem pretty comfortable easing off the accelerator now and again, though I guess I'd also have been distracted in that Celtics game knowing I had a visit to the White House coming up. In other news, this .gif makes me very, very happy.|
||5||W: @HOU, SAC
Danilo Gallinari's been rolling for a while now and Wilson Chandler played perhaps his best two-way of the season in Houston. Shoutout to the Knicks of '09 or so.
|6||Golden State Warriors||6||Golden State of Mind|
|7||New York Knicks||7||Posting and Toasting|
|Raymond Felton's back and Amar'e Stoudemire's really starting to produce for an offense that's still afloat but could use a little support for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. New York's got a relatively easy bit of schedule coming up, so it's time to figure some things out on defense, too.
||8||Straight Outta Vancouver|
|9||Indiana Pacers||9||Indy Cornrows|
|10||Brooklyn Nets||10||Nets Daily|
|11||Chicago Bulls||11||Blog a Bull|
|12||Houston Rockets||12||The Dream Shake|
||13||W: PHI, GSW; L: @CLE
|The Bucks are now 7-3 under Jim Boylan, with Ersan Ilyasova's recent excellence helping to buoy improvements in pretty much every offensive category.
|15||Atlanta Hawks||15||Peachtree Hoops|
||16||W: MIA; L: @CLE, NYK, @ATL
|Man, losing Rajon Rondo sucks, and I say this as someone who loathes the Celtics and roots for a team Rondo habitually torches. Injuries are the absolute worst. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see the Celtics pull together a little run post-injury. Not because Rondo hurts them or anything, just because they strike me as the kind of team prone to rallying around a fallen friend.
Portland Trail Blazers
|Dallas has been playing decently, but they're still behind the rest of the league in terms of establishing a steady rotation. Rick Carlisle stays experimenting, particularly up front, where it seems like Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Brandan Wright, and Bernard James (who started on Sunday) have reached pretty equal footing.
|19||Los Angeles Lakers||19||Silver Screen and Roll|
|I don't know, the Kobe passing thing is cool and the win over Oklahoma City meant something, but it seems like the defense LA played against the Jazz really holds the key to them turning things around for good. Right? Haven't we all been saying "it's not the offense that's the problem, it's the defense"? I definitely heard that one from my local grocer.
||20||L: @ATL, BRO, WAS, CHA
|Making the Wolves play basketball right now just isn't fair. Is there a rule against cryogenically freezing the healthy players until the unhealthy players have recovered? At least they've got Rick Adelman back now.
|21||Detroit Pistons||21||Detroit Bad Boys|
|22||Philadelphia 76ers||22||Liberty Ballers|
|23||Toronto Raptors||23||Raptors HQ|
|24||New Orleans Hornets||24||At the Hive|
|25||Sacramento Kings||25||Sactown Royalty|
||26||Orlando Pinstriped Post|
|27||Washington Wizards||27||Bullets Forever|
|28||Phoenix Suns||28||Bright Side of the Sun|
|29||Cleveland Cavaliers||29||Fear the Sword|
|30||Charlotte Bobcats||30||Rufus on Fire|
|98||Juneau FrostDonkeys||0-0||98||--||None yet|