Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

March 28, 2010

Records through Friday

(last week's ranking)

1. Cavaliers 57-16 (1): Beatable, occasionally: Loss to Spurs second since Feb. 21.

2. Lakers 53-19 (2): Better start holding prayer vigils for Andrew Bynum's return.

3. Magic 51-22 (3): Tough week coming, visiting Mavericks and Spurs back-to-back.

4. Mavericks 47-25 (4): No longer en fuego: Just lost four of six.

5. Nuggets 48-25 (5): No longer en fuego either: 1-3 going into Orlando on Sunday.

6. Thunder 44-27 (6): Young guys didn't look too intimidated by Lakers.

7. Jazz 47-26 (7): Mehmet Okur, hurt last postseason, averaging 16-8 this month.

8. Spurs 43-28 (8): Not over yet: After losing to Lakers, upend Cavs.

9. Suns 46-26 (9): Who knows? Robert Sarver may have dangled Amare Stoudemire once too often.

10. Celtics 47-25 (11): Revived Kevin Garnett gets 20-18 as they go 2-0, move past Hawks.

11. Hawks 46-26 (10): Time not yet at hand: Loss to 76ers drops them to No. 4.

12. Trail Blazers 43-29 (12): OK, why are suits fighting as team plays inspirationally?

13. Bucks 39-33 (13): Carlos Delfino would top comeback guys if he ever had done anything.

14. Grizzlies 38-34 (14): Insider: They will pay to keep Rudy Gay - unless he gets max offer.

15. Rockets 36-35 (15): Looking more like Kevin Martin, averaging 22 for Rockets.

16. Bobcats 38-33 (16): Larry Brown leaving something to remember him by - playoff debut.

17. Heat 39-34 (17): Dwyane Wade lone starter in double figures in victory at Bucks.

18. Raptors 35-36 (18): In (only) good news, they have tiebreaker over Bulls.

19. Hornets 34-39 (19): Chris Paul back, trying to see how he, Darren Collison play together.

20. Bulls 33-38 (20): After Heat rout in Chicago, time to collect pingpong balls.

21. 76ers 26-47 (23): Whose idea was it to let Andre Miller walk again?

22. Clippers 27-45 (22): Victory over Rockets shows they try. Of course, Rockets are suicidal.

23. Knicks 26-46 (24): Won four of six. No sense tanking if Jazz have first-round pick.

24. Kings 24-49 (21): Carl Landry finally gets to start, averaging 17, shooting 53 percent.

25. Pacers 27-46 (27): Jim O'Brien says he won't rest anyone, however it looks.

26. Pistons 23-49 (25): Becoming stiffs. Loss to Nets, allowing them to avoid record, says it all.

27. Wizards 21-50 (26): Way it's going, they'll see Gilbert Arenas as savior by fall.

28. Warriors 20-51 (28): Best news for fans since Chris Cohan bought team: He's selling.

29. Timberwolves 14-59 (29): Love simmers at end of Kurt Rambis' yo-yo.

30. Nets 9-63 (30): Nine victories for team with Devin Harris, Brook Lopez? Still mutts.

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