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The Sports Network's NBA Power Poll

(As of Friday, December 26)

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

TeamRecordPrevious Rank
1. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS23-51
   Nothing cures losses like 6 straight at home, starting with MIN and PHI.
2. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS23-75
   7-game homestand and only 2 teams have a winning record.
3. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES21-72
   Enduring 3-game slide for first time in over a year.
4. TORONTO RAPTORS22-73
   CHI, LAC, DEN, POR, GSW and PHO on an already 0-1 road trip. High noon.
5. HOUSTON ROCKETS20-74
   Josh Smith fits better here than anywhere else.
6. ATLANTA HAWKS21-710
   They're for real. They're not deep, but they're real.
7. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS20-106
   8-game stay starts with a win over Warriors - a much-need win over GS.
8. WASHINGTON WIZARDS20-88
   Texas/Oklahoma swing looms next week. 6-2 vs. the West.
9. CHICAGO BULLS20-912
   Wins vs. WAS, TOR and MEM, including 2 on the road, mean they're close.
10. DALLAS MAVERICKS20-107
   Lost 2 in a row with Rondo. It's over. All over. They do need a big.
11. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS17-1111
   Varejao injury puts them desperately in need of a center.
12. SAN ANTONIO SPURS18-129
   3 games away from being out of the playoff race in the West.
13. PHOENIX SUNS16-1416
   Hardest team to figure out - won 4 in a row & beat Washington and Dallas.
14. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS14-1413
   Tied for 2nd-most road losses in the West. Not necessarily embarrassing.
15. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER14-1614
   KD has to be incredibly frustrated. Team's going to be a force in spring.
16. MILWAUKEE BUCKS14-1515
   Home-and-home against Atlanta is no way to stay on track.
17. MIAMI HEAT14-1617
   A healthy Dwyane Wade can still be a force.
18. BROOKLYN NETS12-1520
   Plumlee and Jack in starting lineup, but do Lopez and D-Will stay out?
19. SACRAMENTO KINGS12-1618
   Ben McLeMore is developing. Gets lost in the sea of craziness.
20. DENVER NUGGETS12-1719
   I've given up on them.
21. BOSTON CELTICS10-1621
   Jared Sullinger played less than 10 minutes. Close to full-on benching.
22. ORLANDO MAGIC11-2022
   Home losses to Philly and Utah make me question improvement.
23. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS10-1925
   They sure do win a lot more frequently without Lance Stephenson.
24. INDIANA PACERS10-1923
   George Hill could help them win a handful more games.
25. LOS ANGELES LAKERS9-2024
   Sitting Kobe makes sense to me, except they have no youth to grow.
26. UTAH JAZZ9-2026
   Beat Memphis in Memphis. Grizz go months without losing at home.
27. NEW YORK KNICKS5-2627
   Other than Cavs win very early, records of teams Knicks beat - 36-75.
28. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES5-2228
   Just an awful defensive team.
29. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS4-2330
   After beating Miami, thought Dwyane Wade was going to cry, or lash out.
30. DETROIT PISTONS5-2329
   Releasing Josh Smith was an excellent business, except financially.

As of December 26, 2014, at 03:21 PM ET