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Ranking the NBA’s 30 teams

1. Golden State Warriors (55-13, last week 1): No need to rush Klay Thompson back from his ankle injury as Warriors keep winning.

2. Atlanta Hawks (53-16, LW 2): Best team in the East has taken its lumps during trip through the Western Conference.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (45-26, LW 4): Does anyone remember all the panic when this team was below .500 and LeBron James was injured?

4. Memphis Grizzlies (48-21, LW 5): Perhaps the Grizzlies have found their way after some recent struggles.

5. Houston Rockets (46-22, LW 6): MVP candidate James Harden became the latest player with a 50-point effort this season.

6. Los Angeles Clippers (45-25, LW 7): Chris Paul deserves to be in the MVP conversation with his play over the last two months.

7. Portland Trail Blazers (44-23, LW 3): With playoff positioning on the line, the Blazers have lost three in a row.

8. San Antonio Spurs (43-25, LW 8): No love from Gregg Popovich after a lackluster effort in losing to the Knicks.

9. Dallas Mavericks (44-26, LW 9): Team with championship hopes could be the seventh seed in the West.

10. Chicago Bulls (42-28, LW 10): Taj Gibson returned to the lineup; still waiting on Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.

11. Oklahoma City Thunder (39-30, LW 12): Russell Westbrook must carry the Thunder without Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

12. Washington Wizards (40-29, LW 14): Have won seven of 10 after a dreadful stretch last month.

13. Toronto Raptors (41-28, LW 13): Does anyone consider the Raptors a threat in the East anymore?

14. New Orleans Pelicans (37-32, LW 11): Anthony Davis’ injuries could be the reason the Pelicans miss the playoffs.

15. Phoenix Suns (36-33, LW 16): Do the Suns have one last push left in them for the eighth spot in the West?

16. Utah Jazz (31-37, LW 18): Quin Snyder has his team playing its best over the last month, which bodes well for next season.

17. Milwaukee Bucks (34-35, LW 15): The Bucks are stumbling, losing five in a row after their surprising start.

18. Miami Heat (32-36, LW 21): Three consecutive wins have the Heat back on track to make the playoffs.

19. Boston Celtics (30-38, LW 20): Isaiah Thomas’ eventual return from injury might be enough to get the Celtics a postseason berth.

20. Indiana Pacers (30-38, LW 17): A seven-game winning streak has been followed by four consecutive losses.

21. Charlotte Hornets (29-38, LW 19): Hornets might lack sufficient offense to return to the postseason.

22. Denver Nuggets (26-44, LW 22): Some Nuggets would not mind if interim coach Melvin Hunt is retained beyond this season.

23. Brooklyn Nets (28-39, LW 23): High-priced squad is slumping late in the season.

24. Detroit Pistons (24-44, LW 24): Reeling lately, but managed to upset Memphis last week.

25. Orlando Magic (22-49, LW 25): Elfrid Payton might deserve to win Rookie of the Year over Andrew Wiggins.

26. Kings (23-45, LW 26): Andre Miller has been the leader the second unit has lacked all season.

27. Philadelphia 76ers (17-52, LW 28): Back-to-back wins for the Sixers do not increase their odds in the lottery.

28. Los Angeles Lakers (17-50, LW 27): The Lakers have never been this bad in Los Angeles.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-53, LW 29): With so many young players, might the Timberwolves look to make a trade before this year’s draft?

30. New York Knicks (14-55, LW 30): Last week’s upset of the Spurs is a sign the Knicks have not stopped competing.