NBA Power rankings
1. Golden State Warriors » Most wins in the league and best point differential in the NBA. So why does it feel like they are mortal?
2. San Antonio Spurs » The top seed in the Western Conference is in play. Do they go for it, or rest guys down the stretch?
3. Cleveland Cavaliers » LeBron James scores 17 of his 33 points in the fourth to beat Utah, and the Cavs needed every one of them.
4. Houston Rockets » A soft schedule late should lock up the third seed in the Western Conference for this group.
5. Boston Celtics » No Isaiah Thomas on Friday at Brooklyn. That didn’t matter at all.
6. Utah Jazz » Injury woes to Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors continue. Jazz hoping for a full roster in the playoffs at this point.
7. Washington Wizards » Only team in the top seven with a negative road record. That needs to change to have success in the playoffs.
8. Oklahoma City Thunder » Russell Westbrook is having a historic season. Will it ultimately be recognized as such?
9. Toronto Raptors » Had a team meeting and aired out differences after loss to OKC.
10. Memphis Grizzlies » Marc Gasol notches triple-double in a win over the Bulls. Everyone is getting in on the act.
11. L.A. Clippers » J.J. Redick: “I don’t know what to expect from this team anymore.” Not a good sign.
12. Atlanta Hawks » Rolling along under the radar. Fourth in the Eastern Conference is not out of the question.
13. Indiana Pacers » Paul George is averaging 28 per game since the All-Star break. He’s gearing up for the postseason.
14. Denver Nuggets » They’ve taken off since realizing Nikola Jokic was their best player.
15. Milwaukee Bucks » A good shot at making the playoffs, despite losing Jabari Parker. That’s a good look for coach Jason Kidd.
16. Miami Heat » They started the season 11-30. They are currently 34-35. Think about the enormity of that turnaround.
17. Detroit Pistons » Stan Van Gundy bemoaned Detroit’s lack of strong starts after loss last week to the Jazz.
18. Portland Trail Blazers » Fighting hard to make the playoffs, but Denver keeps winning games and holding them off for eighth.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves » Ricky Rubio is playing some of the best basketball of his career. At just the right time.
20. Dallas Mavericks » Getting smacked around by Philadelphia on Friday wasn’t the best way to keep fledgling playoff hopes alive.
21. Chicago Bulls » Dwyane Wade is done for the season with a fractured elbow. That’s a crushing blow.
22. Charlotte Hornets » Nic Batum gets a CT scan because of relentless migraine headaches. That’s scary.
23. Philadelphia 76ers » Dario Saric is slowly gaining Rookie of the Year support throughout the league.
24. Sacramento Kings » Skal Labissiere is showing encouraging signs, averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in March.
25. New Orleans Pelicans » DeMarcus Cousins is assessed another technical foul … and then the NBA rescinds it shortly after.
26. New York Knicks » The team issues statement saying Jeff Hornacek won’t be fired. Is that a good thing?
27. Orlando Magic » Lost four straight before beating Phoenix on Thursday night. Let the lottery positioning begin.
28. Phoenix Suns » They shut down point guard Eric Bledsoe for the remainder of the season. Let the lottery positioning begin.
29. L.A. Lakers » They shut down Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, both of whom are healthy. Let the lottery positioning begin.
30. Brooklyn Nets » Their lotto pick goes to the Boston Celtics. So they are still playing hard and trying to win.