Zicarelli's NBA power rankings

Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls are on top of this week's NBA power rankings. (REUTERS)

Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls are on top of this week's NBA power rankings. (REUTERS)

Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

Frank Zicarelli’s weekly NBA power rankings:

1. Chicago Bulls (46-14)

D-Rose’s long-awaited return key for playoff push.

2. San Antonio Spurs (42-16)

Rare dunk from Matt Bonner rallies team.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (44-16)

Home court not essential, but it doesn’t hurt, either.

4. Miami Heat (42-17)

Missed free throws will haunt Heat.

5. Los Angeles Lakers (39-22)

Never missed a beat in Kobe Bryant’s injury absence.

6. Indiana Pacers (38-22)

Leandro Barbosa proving his worth in reserve role.

7. Los Angeles Clippers (37-23)

Need to address defence and rebounding as season draws to its end.

8. Boston Celtics (36-25)

Very porous performance in Toronto against resilient Raptors.

9. Memphis Grizzlies (35-25)

Marc Gasol’s knee an issue that must not linger.

10. Atlanta Hawks (35-25)

So much talent, so few results Sunday vs. visiting Raps.

11. Dallas Mavericks (34-27)

Now that Lamar Odom is out, Mavs can focus on winning.

12. Orlando Magic (35-25)

Dwight Howard’s bad back too daunting to overcome.

13. Denver Nuggets (33-27)

Playing well to make playoffs, but not good enough to make noise.

14. Houston Rockets (32-28)

Losing week speaks to a team not ready for playoff success.

15. Philadelphia 76ers (31-28)

One and done once post-season begins.

16. New York Knicks (31-29)

Tyson Chandler’s knee latest as injuries mount.

17. Phoenix Suns (31-29)

Time running out as push for playoffs likely to fall short.

18. Milwaukee Bucks (29-31)

Lost control when couldn’t beat Knicks at home.

19. Portland Trail Blazers (28-33)

Team is poised to make off-season splashes.

20. Utah Jazz (31-30)

Barring a huge run, will be on the outside of playoffs.

21. Minnesota Timberwolves (25-36)

Misery mounting as the losses continue to pile up.

22. Detroit Pistons (22-38)

Maintained level of relevance when playing at home.

23. Toronto Raptors (22-39)

No one could have envisioned a 20-win season.

24. New Jersey Nets (22-39)

It’s the dawn of another off-season of change.

25. Golden State Warriors (22-37)

Assistant Michael Malone hottest coaching commodity.

26. Sacramento Kings (20-41)

Arena issue has once again turned ugly.

27. New Orleans Hornets (18-42)

Been playing decent and at times winning basketball.

28. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-39)

Lottery here we come.

29. Washington Wizards (14-46)

See above.

30. Charlotte Bobcats (7-52)

Imagine the embarrassment if 82 games were played.

(*records do not include Monday’s games)

 


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