By Chris Mannix
February 08, 2010
NBA Power Rankings
11 Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 13
Chris Bosh gets the headlines, but you can't overlook Andrea Bargnani's impact this season. The Raptors' fourth-year center is averaging career highs in points (17.7), rebounds (6.2), field-goal percentage (47.8) and minutes (34.4).
12 Dallas Mavericks
Last Week: 7
Mark Cuban thinks his team stinks right now. And he's right. The Mavs have split their last 10 games, including losses to Philadelphia and Minnesota. "We need to dig down and find some pride," coach Rick Carlisle said after Friday's home defeat to the Timberwolves. "It's as simple as that."
13 Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week: 11
The Blazers just can't catch a break. The team announced last week that Brandon Roy would be shelved until after the All-Star break. "It's tough. I haven't been this down in a long time," Roy told Blazers reporters. Nate McMillan just wants to make sure Roy comes back healthy, whenever that may be. "We've just got to try and stay in this race," McMillan said. "And when he gets back, hopefully he is rested and he has an All-Star second half of the season. This thing is going to be tight."
14 Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week: 12
As good as the Grizzlies have been in the paint (51.7 points, No. 1 in the NBA) their lack of three-point shooting is starting to hurt them. Memphis hit 14.3 percent of its treys in a loss to Cleveland last week, and followed with an 11.1 percent effort from long range in a loss to Houston. For the season, the Grizz are 25th in the NBA in three-point percentage (33.1 percent) and 29th in attempts (201).
15 Houston Rockets
Last Week: 18
Rick Adelman's desire for an infusion of youth has led to more minutes for Joey Dorsey, a 2008 second-round pick. The burly power forward grabbed 19 rebounds in two games against Memphis and Philadelphia last week, just his fourth and fifth appearances of the season.
16 New Orleans Hornets
Last Week: 18
January was a banner month. The Hornets went 12-5, Chris Paul was Western Conference Player of the Month and James Posey knocked down two game-winners. February, however, has not been good so far. With Paul sidelined for knee surgery, New Orleans has dropped three of four. And now the Hornets face the Magic and Celtics this week.
17 Chicago Bulls
Last Week: 17
Chicago Bulls (24-25)
Vinny Del Negro Watch, Week 10: Just when you thought Del Negro had solidified his place on the sideline, the Bulls lose back-to-back games to the Clippers and Sixers. And Tyrus Thomas' days in Chicago may be numbered. The troubled forward was suspended one game last week for conduct detrimental to the team -- the third time he has been suspended by the Bulls in his four seasons.
18 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 20
The Bucks refuse to bow out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, winning five of their last six. With Michael Redd (knee) out for the season, they have been relying on role players for big contributions. An example: In Milwaukee's win over Indiana, forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds and held Danny Granger to 14 points (on 5-of-14 shooting).
19 Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week: 16
The Bobcats continue to play defense at an elite level. Now, the offense needs to catch up. According to, the Bobcats rank 25th in the NBA in offensive efficiency (100.7) and 22nd in field-goal efficiency, a weighted shooting percentage that accounts for three-pointers.
20 Miami Heat
Last Week: 19
Miami Heat (24-27)
Dwyane Wade continues to say playing for a winner is his top priority next season. Unfortunately, Miami continues to lose. The Heat have dropped five straight, and Wade is pointing a long finger at Erik Spoelstra's offense. "We've got to find a way also to mix it up, stop being a team that everybody knows exactly what we're going to do and they just play us the same way," Wade told reporters after Saturday's loss at Chicago. "I'm not going to say we should be No. 1 in the East, but we should be a little better."
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