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The Bee’s Jason Jones ranks the NBA

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. The win improved the Warriors to 25-0. They are 26-0 this season.
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. The win improved the Warriors to 25-0. They are 26-0 this season. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 55-5 (last week 1)

With the season Draymond Green is having, is it really a big deal if he gets loud in the locker room?

2. Spurs – 52-9 (LW 2)

Never satisfied, San Antonio added veterans Kevin Martin and Andre Miller. Both are former Kings.

3. Cavaliers – 43-17 (LW 3)

Recent headlines have nothing to do with games, rather off-court speculation.

4. Raptors – 41-19 (LW 4)

The Kyle Lowry-DeMar DeRozan backcourt is one of NBA’s best.

5. Clippers – 40-20 (LW 6)

Can the Clippers keep playing this well once Blake Griffin returns from injury?

6. Celtics – 38-25 (LW 7)

Anyone who says there aren’t any great defensive guards hasn’t watched Avery Bradley play.

7. Grizzlies – 37-24 (LW 8)

Even without Marc Gasol, Memphis is proving to be tough to beat with its new additions.

8. Thunder – 42-20 (LW 5)

OKC has stumbled since the All-Star break, continuing to blow fourth-quarter leads.

9. Heat – 36-26 (LW 10)

Some believe Miami can challenge Cleveland in the playoffs.

10. Trail Blazers – 33-30 (LW 9)

Damian Lillard continues to show he is one of the NBA’s best point guards.

11. Hawks – 34-28 (LW 11)

After slumping, Atlanta is regaining its winning formula.

12. Hornets – 33-28 (LW 13)

Charlotte’s busy offseason is paying off.

13. Mavericks – 33-29 (LW 15)

Dallas is entering a tough stretch.

14. Pacers – 32-30 (LW 12)

Indiana, looking to bolster its backcourt, reached out to free agent Ty Lawson.

15. Pistons – 31-30 (LW 18)

Andre Drummond has averaged 18.2 points in wins and 15.4 points in losses.

16. Rockets – 30-31 (LW 16)

James Harden has averaged 32.8 points in his last 10 games.

17. Wizards – 30-31 (LW 19)

Washington is getting healthy and has won seven of its last 10 games.

18. Bulls – 30-30 (LW 14)

Can Jimmy Butler get healthy in time to save Chicago, which is 8-18 in its last 26 games?

19. Jazz – 28-33 (LW 17)

The Jazz finally might be fading in the West after playing so well for much of the season.

20. Magic – 27-34 (LW 20)

Orlando is improving, but the playoffs probably will have to wait another year.

21. Kings – 25-35 (LW 21)

Defense remains the Kings’ only hope for a playoff berth.

22. Bucks – 26-36 (LW 23)

Going 6-4 in its last 10 games is encouraging for Milwaukee.

23. Pelicans – 23-37 (LW 22)

Jrue Holiday can remind the NBA why he played in the 2013 All-Star Game with Philadelphia.

24. Nuggets – 24-38 (LW 25)

Emmanuel Mudiay will be dangerous as his outside shooting improves.

25. Knicks – 25-38 (LW 24)

Will Carmelo Anthony really want a trade after this season?

26. Timberwolves – 19-43 (LW 26)

With Kevin Martin and Andre Miller gone, the focus is on youth even more.

27. Nets – 18-44 (LW 27)

Brooklyn is 5-5 in its last 10 games.

28. Lakers – 12-51 (LW 28)

Point guard D’Angelo Russell has shown All-Star potential lately.

29. Suns – 16-46 (LW 30)

Two wins, including one on the road, in the last four games is big.

30. 76ers – 8-54 (LW 29)

Philadelphia, which has lost 11 in a row, became the first team eliminated from playoff contention.

Jason Jones

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