NBA Power Rankings: Feb 8, 2016

golden-state-vs-okcGolden State proves that the rich keep getting richer as they’ve ripped off a 9-game win streak, extending their West lead over San Antonio to three and a half games. So it’s little surprise that they retain the top spot in our power rankings. See where everybody else ranks this week below, and take a look at last week’s rankings here.

1. Golden State Warriors (46-4); same spot – A 116-108 win over Oklahoma City further cements the Warriors’ firm grasp on the top spot. Aside from the occasional surprise loss, it’s hard to see anybody beating Golden State this year.

2. San Antonio Spurs (43-8); same spot – The Spurs have kept their perfect 28-0 home record intact, and they’re currently on a 4-game win streak.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (38-14); up 1 spot – Oklahoma City played Golden State better than any other top-tier team recently. They even tied the game at 104-104 late, before eventually succumbing to Steph Curry.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (36-14); down 1 spot – The Cavs got an easy win over an injury-riddled New Orleans team to take the sting out of their last-second loss to Boston.

5. Toronto Raptors (34-16); same spot – Toronto is truly a threat to take the top seed in the East from Cleveland. They square off again on February 26.

kevin-durant6. LA Clippers (34-17); same spot – Could the Clippers possibly deal Blake Griffin for Kevin Durrant? Rumors are swirling as the Clippers continue to win without Griffin on the floor.

7. Memphis Grizzlies (30-21); same spot – While the rest of the league is playing small ball, Memphis is proving that you can still win when playing big.

8. Boston Celtics (31-22); up 2 spots – The Celtics big road win over the Cavs proves that they’re a formidable foe in the Eastern Conference. You almost wonder if they’ll be better off avoiding any major trades this year.

9. Miami Heat (29-23); same spot – Hassan Whiteside’s emergence continues after a 10-point, 10-rebound, 10-block triple double against the Hornets. It makes you wonder why he only plays 28 minutes per game.

10. Atlanta Hawks (30-23); up 2 spots – Atlanta is another team stuck in the middle between making a big trade or making a serious playoff run.

11. Chicago Bulls (27-23); down 3 spots– Chicago is just 3-7 in their last 10 games and playing far lower than their talent level suggests. Could Fred Hoiberg be on the hot seat already if things get any worse?

12. Dallas Mavericks (29-25); down 1 spot – The Mavs had been flailing, with losses to the Hawks, Heat and Spurs. However, they got a big win over Memphis at the end of this gauntlet.

indiana-paul-george13. Indiana Pacers (27-24); same spot – The Pacers are finally healthy with George Best back and running the point. Now Paul George just needs to return to his early-season dominance.

14. Detroit Pistons (27-25); same spot – Detroit’s schedule has gotten much tougher lately, so there’s a good explanation for their recent lack of wins.

15. Houston Rockets (27-26); same spot – Houston has lost 4 out of their past 6, and now they have the unfortunate task of meeting the Warriors on Tuesday.

16. Utah Jazz (25-25); up 5 spots – The Jazz now own the second-longest winning streak in the league right now at 6. Of course, it helps that the Bulls are the only team they’ve played with a winning record in the last 6 contests.

17. Charlotte Hornets (23-25); same spot – Charlotte has been excellent in Time Warner Arena with an 18-9 record. If only they could improve on that 7-17 road mark…

18. Washington Wizards (22-27); down 2 spots – Washington is a rare team that plays far better on the road, sporting an 11-11 record away and an 11-16 record on their home floor.

damian-lillard-portland-trailblazers19. Portland Trailblazers (25-27); same spot – The Trail Blazers are the only West team within striking distance of Utah for the final playoff spot.

20. Orlando Magic (22-28); same spot – Orlando had a terrible month in January, and they’re just 2-8 in their last 10 contests. So they’ll look to put all this behind them as we move into February.

21. New York Knicks (23-31); down 3 spots – The Knicks fired Derek Fisher, which may be a good move considering that their talented roster is just 1-9 in their last 10 games.

22. Sacramento Kings (21-30); same spot – New York isn’t the only team that could be firing their coach. George Karl is on the hot seat once again amid the Kings’ 3-game losing streak.

23. Denver Nuggets (21-31); up 2 spots – Despite being far less talented than many teams in the league, Denver has played respectable as of late.

24. Milwaukee Bucks (20-32); down 1 spot – Milwaukee has really taken a step back this season, and things aren’t getting any better after the team has lost five straight games.

25. New Orleans Pelicans (18-32); down 1 spot – Any chance of making a run for the final postseason spot appears to be slipping away from the Pelicans. Of course, they can’t be blamed with all their injuries this season.

NBA: Preseason-Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder26. Minnesota Timberwolves (16-36); same spot – Minnesota won just two games in January. They’ve already matched that total in Feb. with big victories over the Bulls and Clippers.

27. Brooklyn Nets (13-39); up 1 spot – As if Brooklyn doesn’t already have enough problems, they are also dealing with some pretty terrible TV ratings too.

28. Phoenix Suns (14-38); down 1 spot – Earl Watson stepped into an impossible situation in Phoenix – an injury plagued team that hasn’t won much in the last two months.

29. L.A. Lakers (11-42); same spot – It’s been nice seeing Kobe Bryant looking like his old self over the past week. He’s averaging over 28 points a game in his last four contests, with two of these being wins.

30. Philadelphia 76ers (8-43); same spot – If nothing else, the Sixers are proving that they may be better than other league doormats after wins over Phoenix and Brooklyn in the last six games.

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