SI.com's Matt Dollinger grades the NBA in his final NBA power rankings of the regular season.
With several postseason berths and seeds still undecided, the NBA playoff race is giving us reason to watch the final few days of the regular season.
For a regular season that stretches almost six months, it's hard to stomach the idea of one or two games deciding a team's fate, but the next few days will do just that. Russell Westbrook's costly 16th technical foul almost doomed the Thunder before being rescinded. Boston, Brooklyn and Indiana are going down to the wire in their battle for the final two spots in the East. San Antonio is clinging to the No. 2 seed in the West, which would delay a showdown with the conference-leading Warriors. And the Knicks...just kidding. They haven't played a meaningful game since November.
While we're happy to say goodbye to the cellar-dwellers who have played out the season strictly due to obligation, it's sad to bid adieu to the Jazz, who have been one of the five best teams since the All-Star break. Utah's deficit was simply too much to overcome, but reminded us that the 16 best teams don't always make the playoffs.
With that in mind, here are the final NBA Power Rankings of the regular season. SI.com's playoff Power Rankings will come out later this week.
(All stats and records through April 12)