Heisler’s NBA Power Rankings After Week 22

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200px-Pat_RileyI know, I know. Something seems wrong if the Heat-Spurs rivalry turns into a contest to see which team can show the most disdain for the other by sitting the most stars.

Or course, it was ever thus for visionaries ahead of their time.

Not that theirs is a vision the NBA is happy to see get out, but there’s a method to the madness of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Heat president Pat Riley.

If this is a shock to those forking over $2,500 per courtside seat in our swankier arenas, the NBA’S dirty little secret is that its regular season is hardly all-important to the elite teams, other than getting a good seed and preparing for the playoffs.

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Heisler’s NBA Power Rankings After Week 21

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bo-streakerSo, the Heat have a winning streak going?

I know, it’s been all over the press, which hardly signaled it was a big deal to me. Personally, after a lifetime in it, noting its tendency to, uh, get excited, if the press says something is up, I suspect it’s down.

With the streak at 19 and the press hyperventilating about the 1971-72 Lakers’ record of 33 — another mere 14-game streak away – I presented my take in two words: “Heat this.”

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Heisler: Why the Clippers are Fading Lately

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The Los Angeles Clippers are 3-4 in their last seven games and don’t look as sharp as the season’s end quickly approaches. CineSport’s Noah Coslov and SheridanHoops.com’s Mark Heisler discuss.

Heisler’s NBA Power Rankings After Week 20

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LeBron JamesAnd now, as we slip behind the moon …

Even with the Heat at 23 in a row in their pursuit of the 1971-72 Lakers’ record of 33, this is the point of the NBA season where the league goes into eclipse, behind the NCAA Tournament.

In case you can’t find the Heat scores, you can put them down for 27 now with the next four against Cleveland, Detroit, Charlotte and Orlando. Or not?

Try “not.”

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Heisler: It’s time to take the Lakers seriously

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Kobe-All-StarI have been asked this several times this season, and I have been wrong each time.

But I now believe it is time to take the Los Angeles Lakers seriously.

Why else would I elevate them nine spots to eighth in my latest NBA Power Rankings?