NBA Power Rankings: Spurs, Heat Contend As Playoffs Near

Apr 4, 2012; Boston, MA USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives the ball against Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (54) in the first quarter at the TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

The Spurs complete the silent ascent to the mountaintop as the Thunder fall hard.

It was a crazy week in the Association and this week's NBA Power Rankings reflect that. What else would you expect from a lockout season? To quote Winston from The New Girl, "Up is the new down." With that, here's our quick take on the best in the NBA:

1. San Antonio Spurs (40-14) Wait...how did that happen? Where did all of this ninja smoke come from?

2. Miami Heat (40-15) What would this team look like if they played every game with the intensity that they showed in the very impressive win vs. the Thunder last week.?We can only dream.

3. Chicago Bulls (43-14) Remember when the Bulls were good and used to win games? The loss vs. the Knicks typifies the Bulls Achilles heel of relying too much on Derrick Rose to save the day.

4. Memphis Grizzles (32-23) Studying at the foot of their Sensei the Spurs, the Grizz are learning how to properly use the art of sneak to propel themselves to the 4th spot in my rankings. Road wins over the Thunder and Heat will get people to take notice.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder (41-15) It was a very rough week for the kids from OKC and for the first time this season the Thunder fall out of the top four in the rankings.

6. Los Angeles Clippers (34-22) There was an 89% chance that Pau Gasol was going to start crying after Blake Griffin got done with him last week. Yes, the Lakers won the game, but Lob City is winning the dunk contest.

7. Houston Rockets (31-25) This roster has gone through many changes and alterations on the fly and has produced in the win column. Goran Dragic has played this well before but it was sporadic. He has picked up the slack and then some with Kyle Lowry being sidelined with an injury. Rockets will be that pest team that other teams will have no fun playing in the playoffs.

8. Boston Celtics (32-24) Remember when Celtics fans wanted to trade Rajon Rondo? The Celtics making a last season surge is as regular as the sun rising and the BAU finding the psychopath killer before the end of a Criminal Minds episode.

9. Indiana Pacers (34-22) A signature win over the Thunder will do wonders for their psyche moving forward. Their upcoming week looks easy and they should collect some more wins.

10. Milwaukee Bucks (28-28) I know it could look at a little off, if the season ended today, to have a .500 team be on the outside of the playoff picture. You might also say this team has no business being ranked while the Lakers are not. To that my retort is very simple. After this past week the Bucks are a better team than the Lakers. That might change next week. It may not.

Player of the Week:
LeBron James, Miami Heat - I really wanted to give this week's award to Goran Dragic and the surging Rockets but you can't ignore the numbers King James threw up this past week. In his last 5 games the King dropped 29 pts, 5.4 reb, 4.4 ast, and 1.8 stl.

Best Game of the Week:
Heat @ Bulls (Thursday) - This is the third of four meetings between these two powers. This time Derrick Rose will be in the line-up for the Bulls.

Worst Game of the Week:
Pistons @ Bobcats (Thursday) - The Bobcats find themselves in a familiar place on this list. Best hope for this game is Brandon Knight does this again.

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