TSN.ca NBA Power Rankings

Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:34 PM

The Rockets, Warriors and Wizards are up as the Mavericks, Grizzlies and Pistons are down in the final regular season edition of the TSN.ca NBA Power Rankings.

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This Week1Last Week1San Antonio Spurs62-20

Lost four of seven to finish the year, but were in the clear for the league's best record, finishing three games ahead of Oklahoma City. Have to figure that, as close as they came last year, the Spurs are going to be as focused as ever on their championship goal.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week2Last Week2Los Angeles Clippers57-25

Led the NBA with 107.9 points per game and have the best point guard on the planet, Chris Paul. Can they defend well enough to compete for a title?
Key Injuries: SF Danny Granger (hamstring).

This Week3Last Week3Oklahoma City Thunder59-23

There was a lot of talk about SF Kevin Durant's streak of scoring at least 25 points in a game, but he wasn't just squeaking over the threshold. In the last 31 games of the season, Durant scored at least 35 points 15 times. Thunder may be healthy enough to have a title shot.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week4Last Week4Miami Heat54-28

Lost five of six to finish the year and while Dwyane Wade was a part-time player, when he even played at all, and LeBron and Chris Bosh took the last couple games off. Will the rest pay off?
Key Injuries: None.

This Week5Last Week5Indiana Pacers56-26

6-9 in their last 15 games, the Pacers sure don't have the feel of No. 1 seed going into the postseason, but they also get the Atlanta Hawks in Round One, which should allow some room to figure it out.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week6Last Week7Portland Trail Blazers54-28

Went through some down periods, particularly when PF LaMarcus Aldridge was sidelined, but the Blazers are healthy now and won nine of 10 to finish the season.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week7Last Week12Houston Rockets54-28

A modest 5-6 in the final 11 games, the Rockets are nevertheless healthy going into the playoffs, with C Dwight Howard and PG Patrick Beverley returning for the last three games of the season.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week8Last Week11Golden State Warriors51-31

A one-point loss to Denver was their only regulation loss in the last seven games, but the Warriors may be hard-pressed to handle the best teams in the West without C Andrew Bogut who, as usual, is injured.
Key Injuries: C Andrew Bogut (rib).

This Week9Last Week8Toronto Raptors48-34

9-3 in the last dozen games down the stretch, with two losses against the Knicks (the last while the Raptors rested starters in the second half), Toronto may not be feared -- sure looked like Brooklyn was targeting them for the first round -- but the Raptors don't need to apologize for how well they've played. Now, can they at least reach the second round of the playoffs for the second time in franchise history?
Key Injuries: None.

This Week10Last Week9Chicago Bulls48-34

And 8-2 finish to the year gave the Bulls an impressive 48-34 record. Considering their best player was out for the season after 10 games and then SF Luol Deng was traded, it's really been a remarkable performance, led by C Joakim Noah, whose passing ability is exceptionaly rare for a centre.
Key Injuries: PG Derrick Rose (knee).

This Week11Last Week6Dallas Mavericks49-33

Only one regulation loss in the last nine games of the regular season, yet the Mavericks still fall? It's more about other teams, whose rankings were depressed by injuries, getting healthy and moving past the Mavericks.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week12Last Week15Washington Wizards44-38

One regulation loss in the last eight games of the season, though it was by 18 at home against their Round One opponent, Chicago.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week13Last Week10Memphis Grizzlies50-32

Won five straight to finish the year and capture the seventh seed in the West. Given the Grizzlies' record since a 15-19 start -- 35-13, a .729 pace -- they won't be easy pickings for the second-seeded Thunder.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week14Last Week14Phoenix Suns48-34

Missed the playoffs by a game, despite having a record 10 games better than the Eastern Conference's eighth seed, Atlanta. What this stunning season showed, though, is that the Suns are a team that can do some damage with the backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe as the focal point.

This Week15Last Week13Minnesota Timberwolves40-42

It's been quite a season; the seventh-best point differential in the more difficult Western Conference, while missing C Nikola Pekovic for 20 games, and they're not even close to a playoff berth. Better luck next year, T-Wolves.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week16Last Week16Brooklyn Nets44-38

Dropped four of five to finish the season, including the last couple under dubious circumstances as they angled for a matchup with Toronto in the first round. Size could be an issue, as C Miles Plumlee was the only Net to play at least 10 games after the All-Star break and grab more than five rebounds per game.
Key Injuries: C Brook Lopez (foot), C Kevin Garnett (back), F Andrei Kirilenko (ankle).

This Week17Last Week18Charlotte Bobcats43-39

Do they have a prayer against Miami? Since starting the year 19-27, the Bobcats went 24-12 (.667) and their big-money scorer is C Al Jefferson, who has the los-post offensive game to cause the Heat problems.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week18Last Week19Atlanta Hawks38-44

Won six of eight down the stretch to climb back into a playoff spot. It's a 38-win playoff season, but better than being a 38-win team on the outside looking in.
Key Injuries: C Al Horford (pectoral).

This Week19Last Week17New York Knicks37-45

Won seven of nine to end the season, but it wasn't enough. That's a reflection of the size of the hole the Knicks put themselves in this season and it's an embarrassment for all involved.

This Week20Last Week21Denver Nuggets36-46

Already had an uphill fight in the Western Conference, but injuries depleted the lineup -- the backcourt especially -- making it pretty much a forgone conclusion that the Nuggets wouldn't be contending for a playoff spot.

This Week21Last Week22New Orleans Pelicans34-48

Injuries hit the Pelicans hard too -- none of their top seven scorers played more than the 72 games by PG Brian Roberts, who had to handle more minutes with starter Jrue Holiday limited to just 34 games.

This Week22Last Week20Cleveland Cavaliers33-49

There's some talent on the roster, but underachieving throughout. SF Luol Deng didn't produce even as much as he did in Chicago, and their three most active shooters - Deng, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving -- all score less than 1.20 points per shot.

This Week23Last Week25Sacramento Kings28-54

SF Rudy Gay was remarkably better for the Kings than he was for the Raptors, and still the Kings were a 28-win team, which raises the question: why bother? Is there any way that the Kings become a playoff team before Gay's game declines?

This Week24Last Week27Orlando Magic23-59

The Magic have some interesting pieces and have a couple of lottery picks at their disposal this summer, so they may be looking to turn the corner soon.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week25Last Week24Boston Celtics25-57

The season was expected to be bad, and it lived down to those expectations, as the Celtics only got 30 games out of PG Rajon Rondo and, even when he played, he produced his least-effective PER since his rookie season. Lots of room to improve with a couple of first-round picks, including one in the Top Five, in the hopper.

This Week26Last Week23Detroit Pistons29-53

If the Pistons are to advance beyond their current disaster, they have to focus their efforts on bigs Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, they are bypassed for touches by erratic shooters throughout the lineup.

This Week27Last Week26Los Angeles Lakers27-55

A mess of a season, as old guys like PG Steve Nash and SG Kobe Bryant couldn't get or stay healthy and now the rebuild will have to begin in earnest.

This Week28Last Week28Utah Jazz25-57

An interesting collection of young players, but an interesting collection of young players can pretty easily get you the worst record in the West and, sure enough, it did.

This Week29Last Week30Philadelphia 76ers19-63

When it appeared that they couldn't catch Milwaukee for worst overall record, the Sixers won three of the final seven games, but they should be better next year with C Nerlens Noel healthy, PG Michael Carter-Williams coming off a strong rookie campaign and, presumably, the second and tenth overall picks providing the building blocks for the future.

This Week30Last Week29Milwaukee Bucks15-67

Consistently terrible all season, to the point that the Sixers couldn't catch them despite losing 26 straight, and the Bucks are now looking at a new owner and the first overall pick, expected to be Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins.

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