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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry watches play as he waits to get back in the game during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Miami. Curry scored 42 points in his team’s 118-112 win. A day later, he scored 51 points in a 130-114 win over Orlando.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry watches play as he waits to get back in the game during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Miami. Curry scored 42 points in his team’s 118-112 win. A day later, he scored 51 points in a 130-114 win over Orlando. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 52-5 (last week 1)

Stephen Curry continues to do amazing things virtually every game.

2. Spurs – 49-9 (LW 2)

It’s difficult to predict which Spur will have a big performance on a given night.

3. Cavaliers – 41-16 (LW 4)

Eastern Conference leaders seek the cohesion needed to win a championship.

4. Raptors – 39-18 (LW 6)

Toronto wants to prove it is a legitimate title contender after Kyle Lowry’s winning shot against Cleveland.

5. Thunder – 41-17 (LW 3)

OKC could use another perimeter scorer besides the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook duo.

6. Clippers – 38-20 (LW 5)

Jamal Crawford’s scoring off the bench is a big reason Los Angeles continues to win.

7. Celtics – 34-25 (LW 7)

Jae Crowder’s play should be recognized in Boston’s success.

8. Grizzlies – 34-23 (LW 8)

Memphis has won seven of 10, but can that pace continue without Marc Gasol?

9. Trail Blazers – 30-28 (LW 9)

Terry Stotts might be named the Coach of the Year for Portland’s surge after a rough start.

10. Heat – 32-25 (LW 10)

Miami adds Joe Johnson for depth as Chris Bosh’s status remains uncertain.

11. Hawks – 32-27 (LW 11)

Lately, Atlanta looks poised for a first-round playoff exit.

12. Pacers – 31-27 (LW 13)

Rookie big man Myles Turner continues to impress.

13. Hornets – 30-27 (LW 14)

Kemba Walker has at least 20 points in eight consecutive games, six of them Charlotte victories.

14. Bulls – 30-27 (LW 15)

Chicago needs Derrick Rose to get healthy to remain in the playoff race.

15. Mavericks – 31-28 (LW 16)

A veteran team that has struggled lately remains in the top eight in the West.

16. Rockets – 29-29 (LW 17)

Houston appears to be admitting the Ty Lawson experiment has failed.

17. Jazz – 28-29 (LW 12)

Derrick Favors has averaged 18.3 points in his last 10 games.

18. Pistons – 29-29 (LW 18)

Newcomer Tobias Harris could propel Detroit into the postseason.

19. Wizards – 27-30 (LW 19)

John Wall is a top-flight point guard, but Washington’s season has been underwhelming.

20. Magic – 25-32 (LW 20)

Orlando won 25 games last season.

21. Kings – 24-33 (LW 21)

Sacramento has given up a league-high 109.2 points per game.

22. Pelicans – 23-34 (LW 23)

After many trade rumors, Ryan Anderson will finish the season with New Orleans.

23. Bucks – 24-34 (LW 24)

Milwaukee continues to deal with several injuries to key players.

24. Knicks – 23-33 (LW 25)

Signing Jimmer Fredette to a 10-day contract will not solve New York’s problems.

25. Nuggets – 23- 36 (LW 22)

Coach Michael Malone still seeks consistent defense from his young team.

26. Timberwolves – 18-40 (LW 26)

Minnesota reportedly is close to buying out Kevin Martin’s contract so he can join a contender.

27. Nets – 16-42 (LW 27)

With Joe Johnson gone, Brooklyn can focus on evaluating young players.

28. Lakers – 11-49 (LW 28)

Point guard D’Angelo Russell should get more playing time as the season winds down.

29. 76ers – 8-50 (LW 29)

Philadelphia is the first team with 50 losses this season.

30. Suns – 14-44 (LW 30)

Phoenix has lost 13 in a row and 28 of 30.

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