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February 25, 2008 6:00 AM

NBA Power Rankings

Posted by Percy Allen

Each week we take a look at the NBA and rank the teams in order every Monday morning. Last week's ranking in parenthesis.

Rank

Team (Previous rank)

Comment

1.

Detroit (1):

Allowing a NBA-low 90.2 ppg. Held Phoenix 23 pts. below its average in big Sunday win.

2.

LA Lakers (3):

9-1 with Gasol. Their 8-game win streak is longest since '04 when they won the title.

3.

San Antonio (6):

Competing with 5 teams for Barry who becomes FA on Tuesday. Parker returns.

4.

Houston (8):

12-game win streak is 3 shy of a team record last set in 1993-94 when they won the title.

5.

Utah (4):

Best home record in the NBA (24-3), but 12-17 on the road. Visit New Orleans on Friday.

6.

Phoenix (5):

Stoudemire scored 37, 28 and 31 points with Shaq. The Suns, however, are 1-2.

7.

Boston (2):

Snapped 3-game losing streak with a win at Portland. Still flaws exposed during WC trip.

8.

Cleveland (11):

3-0 since break. Newcomers dazzle in debut vs. Memphis. Big game Wed. at Boston.

9

New Orleans (9):

The trade that delivered James and Wells added toughness and two headaches.

10.

Dallas (7):

In just his second game with Mavs, Kidd is three rebounds shy from a triple double.

11.

Toronto (14):

Have NBA-best .423% on 3pters. Only 7 teams have shot .400 or better for a season.

12.

Orlando (12):

Howard could be fifth player ever to avg. 20 points, 10 rebounds and shoot 60 percent.

13.

Golden State (10):

Davis and Ellis are the top NBA backcourt scoring duo averaging 40.9 points.

14:

Denver (13):

Anthony and Iverson wanted to trade for Artest, however, coach Karl vetoed the deal.

15.

Philadelphia (16):

Not sure why Cheeks got an extension for leading 76ers to 9th place in the East.

16.

Sacramento (17):

In the middle of a 5-game East Coast road trip. They visit Bibby in Atlanta on Wed.

17.

New Jersey (19):

Rebuilding around Jefferson is a mistake. He's a solid No. 3 option, not a superstar.

18.

Portland (15):

Since 17-1 streak, they're 7-15 and lost 7 of last 8. Roy could miss next two games.

19.

Chicago (21):

Trade for Hughes makes Gordon, who declined a $50M deal last summer, expendable.

20.

Washington (18):

Arenas says he won't return on March 2 and may miss the rest of the season.

21.

LA Clippers (23):

Cassell expected to agree to a buyout this week so he can join a contender.

22.

Sonics (26):

Tough break for Swift. Latest knee injury probably spells the end to his Sonics career.

23.

Milwaukee (24):

Yi started 49 of first 53 games, but he's hit the rookie wall is now on the bench.

24.

Atlanta (20):

Woodson rumored as possible coaching candidate to replace Sampson at Indiana.

25.

Indiana (22):

Play 14 of last 26 games at home. Only 9 opponents currently have a winning record.

26.

New York (29):

In a season of few highlights, Crawford dropped 43 points on Toronto in a rare win.

27.

Minnesota (28):

Walker was hoping for a trade to a contender. Will sit out while working on a buyout.

28.

Charlotte (25):

Dwight Howard's rise to super stardom makes me wonder what happened to Okafor?

29.

Memphis (27):

Most Improved candidate Gay averaging NBA-best 9.2 points more than last season.

30.

Miami (30):

Like Q-Rich and JJ, Marion may be the next ex-Sun who leaves Phoenix and disappears.

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