Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: Examining the Slippage of Pacers and Heat

RANKTEAMTHE RUNDOWNLAST
1SPURS
(53-16)
They’re not just beating teams, they’re destroying them. Only two of their 13 straight wins have been within eight points.1
2CLIPPERS
(49-21)
Banged up and still winning. J.J. Redick returned to practice this week, fueling at least some hope he’ll be back before the playoffs.2
3THUNDER(51-18)People are worried, especially given the periodically spotty play with Westbrook, but OKC is still 29-10 against teams .500 or better, best in the NBA.5
4ROCKETS
(47-22)
Those of you who had “ankle cyst” in your “Injury That Will Sideline Dwight First Pool,” congratulations, you’re weird. Prescient, but weird.6
5WARRIORS
(44-27)
NBA’s third-best team in efficiency differential over the last month, and playing a lot more like the team everyone anticipated in October.7
6PACERS
(51-19)
Just 6-6 in March, and behind Charlotte over the last month in efficiency differential. Only scored 100 points three times this month, all against bad teams.3
7HEAT
(47-21)
In their last five games, they have bounced Memphis and Houston and lost to Boston and New Orleans. As harsh as this ranking is, they deserve it.4
8MAVERICKS
(42-29)
Overtime loss to Nets came amid flurry of Dirk airballs, which you almost never see. Could drop out of eighth spot with next two at home vs. OKC and Clippers.10
9GRIZZLIES(39-27)Z-Bo in March: 11 games, 17.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and seven double-doubles.8
10BLAZERS
(45-25)
Seven losses this month, including a 30-point thumping in Charlotte. With Aldridge hobbled, jt’s not easy to stop the bleeding.9
11SUNS
(41-29)
Won 5 of 7 since Bledsoe returned to the lineup. Was Sunday’s win at Minny the game that will propel them into playoffs? ‘Twas quite the comeback.11
12RAPTORS
(39-30)
Outscored the Hawks by 21 in the fourth for big comeback win Sunday. Survived that game and a big injury scare with Amir Johnson.13
13BULLS
(39-31)
Losses this month have been to Brooklyn, Memphis, San Antonio, OKC, and Indy by an average of 11 points. Red flags for the postseason?12
14NETS
(37-31)
Haven’t lost at home since Jan. 31 vs. OKC. How’s that for incentive to rise up to the fourth seed? Definitely still have a shot.15
15WIZARDS
(36-34)
Tough loss in Denver ends four-game roadie. Critical stretch upcoming, with home games vs. PHX, IND, and ATL plus a roadie at Charlotte.14
16WOLVES
(34-34)
Are K-Love’s 26.5/12.7/4.2 somehow empty because his teams don’t win? I suspect at least 20 other GMs are willing to find out.16
17BOBCATS
(34-36)
The ‘Cats don’t put teams on the line, and they don’t turn the ball over, particularly over the last month. Helps explain seven wins in 10 games.17
18KNICKS
(29-41)
Fun fact: New York is 1-30 when behind after 24 minutes. In other news, the eight-game W streak had fans buzzing. So will the way it was broken.18
19HAWKS
(31-37)
With the Knicks no longer cooperating (assuming Sunday wasn’t a trend), the postseason is looking grim.20
20NUGGETS
(32-38)
A good week (wins over Clippers, Detroit, and Washington) ends poorly with the loss of J.J. Hickson for the season.19
21PELICANS
(29-40)
In last four games – including three straight 30/10 efforts – Anthony Davis has averaged 35 points, 13 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor, 90 from the line.22
22KINGS
(25-45)
Signing Royce White makes them a little more interesting down the stretch. At least he’s no longer a theoretical NBA player anymore.24
23CAVALIERS
(27-44)
There’s a burning river joke in here, somewhere, Sunday’s comeback in New York notwithstanding.21
24PISTONS
(25-44)
The Pistons are 4-15 since firing Mo Cheeks. Clearly he was winning too many games ahead of the lottery.23
25JAZZ
(23-47)
Trey Burke’s FG% has jumped from 37 percent before the break to 42 percent after. Faint praise, maybe, but that’s about all the Jazz generate right now.26
26LAKERS
(23-46)
Good news! The Lakers are good when they lead at halftime. Bad news! No team in the West has led at halftime less often than the Lakers.27
27CELTICS
(23-47)
The C’s have only three wins this month, but two came against Miami and Brooklyn. So they’re making ‘em count.25
28MAGIC
(19-52)
They’ve got plenty of middle of the roster talent, once the stars arrive. If they arrive, more specifically.28
29BUCKS
(13-57)
Can’t even get credit for being the worst team in basketball, because by now everyone just assumes it’s Philly. Tough year.29
30SIXERS
(15-55)
Nothing stops this train. Nothing. (Certainly not games Monday and Thursday in San Antonio and Houston.)30

OTHER RANKINGS: MVP | Rookies | Most Improved | Sixth Man

Brian Kamenetzky is a regular contributor to SheridanHoops.com. Follow him and his brother, Andy, on Twitter.

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