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NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James, Cavaliers climb, while Hawks take the top spot.

By Matt Dollinger
February 02, 2015

Football season is finally over, which means the NBA can rightfully reclaim the national spotlight once again. In case you’ve been inundated with talks of deflated footballs and Super Bowl controversies the last few weeks, I’ve broken down the 2014-15 NBA season in the most digestible manner possible for the modern sports fan. In exactly 140 characters:

Hawks are historically good. Dubs close behind. Cavs were bad, now gr8. Don’t watch Knicks. Thunder quiet. Kobe gone. Spurs will win it all.​

And there you have it. But just in case 140 characters weren't enough to scratch your NBA itch, scroll down for this week's full Power Rankings. The Hawks and Warriors stay on top, but two hard-charging teams are close behind. The Raptors rise from their midseason slumber and the Thunder remain more mind-boggling than Pete Carroll's play-calling. Enough football references. On to the rankings:

(All stats and records through Feb. 1.)

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