Pacers, Celtics headline East revival in Power Rankings
The Western Conference continues to hold three of the top four spots in the Power Rankings, but there's a revival going on in the East.
Two of the biggest risers this week are the Pacers (No. 6) and Celtics (No. 13), who both enjoyed 4-0 weeks despite playing without key players. Indiana is knocking on the door of the NBA's elite even though Danny Granger is still a few weeks away from returning, while Boston, essentially left for dead after losing Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the season, is playing its best basketball of the season.
But they're not the only East teams overcoming the odds. The Wizards -- yes, the Wizards! -- rise five spots to No. 21 after beating two division leaders, and the Cavaliers are right behind at No. 22 after another solid week from Kyrie Irving and company. Both teams have been cellar dwellers for the majority of the season, but have been rejuvenated by the the return of their star point guards and are now performing much better than their meager records would indicate.
For the second straight week, the Spurs retain the top spot, but there are plenty of other teams on the move. Here's where all 30 teams stand in this week's Power Rankings.