Zicarelli's NBA power rankings

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

Frank Zicarelli’s weekly NBA power rankings:

1. Chicago Bulls (40-10)

Joakim Noah needs to do a better job of keeping his cool.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (37-12)

So-so week ended with a dominant win over the visiting Heat.

3. San Antonio Spurs (33-14)

Only Miami has fewer home losses than savvy Spurs.

4. Miami Heat (35-12)

Took a step back in OKC, where Thunder rocked.

5. Orlando Magic (31-18)

Less three-balls and more touches for Dwight Howard is key.

6. Los Angeles Lakers (30-18)

Need to clean up act on road, where Lakers are road kill.

7. Atlanta Hawks (30-20)

Hitting their stride at the right time; team worth watching.

8. Philadelphia 76ers (27-22)

Knocking on the door, but need to knock off elite teams.

9. Indiana Pacers (28-19)

A losing week exposed flaws, but remain playoff worthy.

10. Dallas Mavericks (28-22)

Hard to figure team out when so much is about this summer.

11. Boston Celtics (26-22)

Ray Allen’s injury absence continues to be felt.

12. Milwaukee Bucks (22-16)

Very dangerous and explosive as team eyes playoffs.

13. Memphis Grizzlies (25-21)

Bench outscored Lakers’ reserves 41-9.

14. Los Angeles Clippers (27-21)

Going backwards when team should be moving forward.

15. Utah Jazz (26-13)

Much like Bucks, a team on the rise.

16. Houston Rockets (26-23)

Terrible away record must somehow be improved.

17. Phoenix Suns (25-24)

Marcin Gortat playing as well as any centre in the game.

18. Denver Nuggets (26-23)

Losing week has team looking on the outside of playoffs.

19. New York Knicks (24-25)

Brutal loss in Toronto should raise plenty of concerns.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (24-26)

Kevin Love being compared to Larry Bird, minus the rings.

21. Portland Trail Blazers (23-26)

One of many teams looking to establish an identity.

22. Golden State Warriors (20-27)

Chris Mullin tribute turned ugly when fans booed owner Joe Lacob.

23. Cleveland Cavaliers (17-29)

In playoff race, but in reality they’re far from post-season ready.

24. Sacramento Kings (17-31)

Have shown some good signs, but team remains too young.

25. Toronto Raptors (16-33)

Showed plenty of resiliency in OT loss to host Bulls.

26. Detroit Pistons (16-32)

Pistons have hit a rough stretch where winning is elusive.

27. New Jersey Nets (16-34)

Very limited with centre Brook Lopez on the shelf.

28. New Orleans Hornets (12-36)

At least team went .500 during past week.

29. Washington Wizards (11-37)

Nene must be wishing he had never been traded.

30. Charlotte Bobcats (7-39)

Boris Diaw’s fat body and fat contract finally gone.

*Records do not include Monday’s games


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