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San Antonio

17-4

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Last Week: 1 Legend has it that the Spurs wait until their annual Rodeo Road Trip to really get going, but they've actually racked up 16 wins in their first 20 games for the sixth time in Gregg Popovich's 16 seasons. The only other coaches who can match that: Phil Jackson (seven) and Red Auerbach (six).

2

Oklahoma City

17-4

2

Last Week: 4 More evidence to suggest that the post-Harden healing process is moving at a brisk pace: OKC has just reeled off 12 straight 100-point games. Have to rewind all the way to the 1994-95 season, when the GP-and-Kemp Sonics did it 19 straight times, for the last time this franchise has managed that.

3

New York

15-5

4

Last Week: 7 For all the justifiable awe their 3-point barrages generate -- how Mike D'Antoni must wish he could have brought just one of those shooters with him to L.A. -- perhaps we should be even more impressed with the fact mighty Miami has averaged a mere 88 points in two L's to the Knicks.

4

Los Angeles

14-6

1

Last Week: 5 Chauncey Billups came back six games ago. He's only been able to play in three of the six. Minnesota, Utah and Dallas rank as the toughest opposition in that cushy stretch, but there's simply a different vibe in the air when he's around. L.A. has won those six by an average of 16.8 ppg.

5

Memphis

14-4

3

Last Week: 2 One of the most likable qualities about this Grizzlies team: They refuse to lose to anyone in the bottom half of these rankings. Road losses to the Clips and Spurs, home L's to the Nuggets and Hawks, nothing else out of Memphis that the committee (of one) is really going to ding 'em for.

6

Miami

13-5

3

Last Week: 3 Not a single scout we consulted for the Weekend Dime betrayed even a hint of concern about the Heat's dreadful D to date or the fact that several of their wins have been underwhelming, too. As for that LeBron postgame workout? A message to his own teammates, not us external pests.

7

Atlanta

12-5

3

Last Week: 10 Trivia time: Can you name the only team that has held every foe below 50 percent from the floor this season? Answer: It's the one and only team out there that can claim road victories at OKC and Memphis. Even more good news for the Hawks: Josh Smith, as requested here, is picking it up.

8

Chicago

11-8

1

Last Week: 9 Chicago must feel a little like London right now to Luol Deng. Team Great Britain couldn't afford to take Deng off the floor during the Olympics and Tom Thibodeau has Deng playing a whopping 41.2 minutes per game nightly with Rip Hamilton joining D-Rose on the Bulls' list of unavailables.

9

Golden State

13-7

2

Last Week: 11 Steph Curry is making his $44 million contract extension look like a bargain. The Dubs continue to be a quality defensive team and an upper-echeleon rebounding team without Andrew Bogut. And now they've got more road wins -- seven -- than any team in the league outside of San Antonio.

10

Brooklyn

11-8

4

Last Week: 6 No special sources needed to confirm that the Nets, after four straight defeats against teams with records over .500, officially miss the ailing Brook Lopez. Deron Williams, meanwhile, recently averaged a mortal 11.4 ppg over seven games and clearly ain't himself thanks to that bad wrist.

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Milwaukee

10-9

3

Last Week: 8 The shared struggles of the Lakers and Celtics have made filling the 8-to-15 slots our biggest struggle every Monday. The Bucks haven't made it any easier, either, stumbling every time we nudge 'em upward to fill the void ... then winning in Brooklyn after we promised ourselves not to do it again.

12

Denver

10-11

2

Last Week: 14 It doesn't happen too often, but when it does we're man enough to admit that Professor Hollinger's unique way of looking at things has forced us into a rethink. That's where we are with the up-and-down Nuggets, who've simply faced a schedule so far too brutal to drop 'em out of the top 15.

13

Utah

12-10

4

Last Week: 17 The week began with a heartbreaking one-point L to the Clippers that soiled their previously unblemished home record. It ended with a redemption win on the Lakers' floor that took Utah's points tally for the weekend to a whopping 248 when tacked on to Friday's home rout of Toronto.

14

Boston

11-9

1

Last Week: 13 The Thunder's revenge for losing in Boston on the night after Thanksgiving: OKC's second straight 16-4 start reminded Elias that the last team to do that in back-to-back seasons was the Celtics ... with four such (seemingly forever ago) starts in a row in the first four seasons of the KG era.

15

Los Angeles

9-12

3

Last Week: 12 The Lakers haven't crossed the 20-game mark with a record this far below .500 since Shaq-and-Kobe-and-Co. started 8-13 in 2002-03 ... after L.A.'s three-peat. The panic, though, runs far deeper this time, because this star-laden construction has so many flaws and hasn't proved anything yet.

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CapsNClips
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John Hollinger has us at #3

jerdogthompson
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How can they possibly have the Lakers ranked number 10?

They have already pooped their big boy pants and do not appear to be getting anywhere fast.

I think 3 for the Clippers is fair, what I especially like is the fact we seem to be flying under the radar with the media right now. I really like that, I want teams to under estimate us. Although, with the way were playing right now I dont think thats the case.

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This is in the game day thread. You are aware that when you start a thread, there is a drop down window at the top where you can choose what forum your thread pertains to. Seems everyone is overlooking this simple concept. No offense, it seems everyone does this, not just you.

GhostShip
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Thanks Joe just realized that. Never paid any attention to the drop down window. Ill start posting new topics in correct threads.

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NBA.com has us at #7 and the Lakers at #18. Which I disagree about our rankings, but agree with the Lakers rankings

FightOnRon
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winning is all that matters,,not random numbers put out by some biased writers,,,,and winning we are ! They can rank us 138th if they want,,right up to when we win the finals,,then they may have to re-think it

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Hey, the D'Achiers have dibs on 138th.

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