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NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio Spurs in First, Miami Heat in Second, Thunder in Third

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The San Antonio Spurs hold a three-game edge on the field for the NBA’s best overall record and as a result, once again hold on to the top spot in KP’s latest edition of NBA Power Rankings.

Riding a fiery eleven-game win streak, LeBron James and the Miami Heat move into second place, followed by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies round out the top five.  The Clippers are doing it with high-octane offense, while the Grizzlies focus more on defense.

The full set of rankings is as follows, featuring some quick February thoughts and statistics for all thirty teams.

Note: Recently, I have been attempting to experiment with some new concepts for The Wife Hates Sports, and not just in regards to the writing material or overall design of the site.  This week, I am attempting to mesh in social media with TWHS and my NBA Power Rankings calculations, in hopes to drum some interest and new readers to talk sports with.  To start, I tweeted out my NBA Power Rankings, before following with this post to tie the two together. 

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LeBron, Wade and the Miami Heat have won eleven straight games

KP’s NBA Power Rankings: February 25, 2013

The Spurs and Heat have a firm grasp on the top two spots.  The Thunder and Clippers are in a tight chase for the third spot.  The Grizzlies sit in fifth place with the Knicks not far behind.

* Games and statistics include results up to 7pm Eastern on February 25, 2013

The road record is the key to holding off Miami this week.  But how many people are dreaming of a Spurs-Heat Finals matchup?

The Heat are crushing key opponents in recent weeks.  Then again, with LeBron and Co. in South Beach, none of this should surprise us.

The duo of KD and Westbrook is easily the most entertaining in the league.  Yes, that includes over LeBron and Wade.

Triple digits!  Good luck outscoring the Clips, especially during this stretch.

Could it be that the Grizzlies are being overlooked just a bit?  With seven straight wins, that’s probably unlikely.  

6-10: Knicks to Nuggets

Note the offensive boards for Chandler, because that’s the real key for New York.

Good luck stopping the Pacers in the paint… or anywhere, really.

But why is there little talk about Brooklyn’s three-headed monster?  The scoring balance has the Nets in the top ten this week.

The trade talks are apparently not a distraction for Smith.  Because he’s averaging a double-double and clearly showcasing his talents for opposing teams.

The former North Carolina standout has been fantastic in February.  He may be small, but he’s scrappy and a slasher.

11-15: Bulls to Celtics

Fiery, scrappy and a bulldog in the paint – that’s Joakim Noah.

The overtime win over the Spurs is a momentum builder.  The top ten isn’t far away.

What, Harden couldn’t manage thirty points a game?  C’mon, man.  But seriously, is there a better scorer in the league?

Big Al can block, too.

Jeff Green is on a hot streak and pushing Boston up the charts.

16-20: Lakers to Blazers

Despite the hot streak, the Lakers are still in the middle of the pack.  But let’s see how they do during the stretch run.

Everyone knows the story with Redick.  He’s a sharpshooter that you can’t leave open for long.

Dirk is aging, but still an impactful player in Dallas.  But should Dallas be concerned by the fact that he’s averaging nearly seven points a game less this season?

Rudy Gay is a scoring machine and a headache for opposing defenses.

It hasn’t been a good stretch for the Blazers.  Three painfully ugly losses and Portland is near the bottom ten.

21-25: Sixers to Cavs

Another hot stretch and Holiday could be averaging a double-double per game.

Detroit simply cannot match Indiana’s defense and domination in the paint.  Then again, not many teams in the NBA can.

Big things are coming for Anthony Davis.  Just you wait.  He can do it all and he is going to be a superstar in New Orleans.

Talk about balance in Minnesota, but why isn’t there more winning?  The Wolves need to learn how to win games.

But seriously, how are those Kyrie jersey sales looking?

26-30: Wizards to Bobcats

A winning record in February is just what the doctor ordered, but can they sustain it?

It has been an abysmal stretch in the desert.  At this point, the only way is up.

But can they defend?  To this point, that answer is no and no – and no again.

There’s little magic in O-town these days.  Well, except at Disney.  Mickey always brings the magic.

The Bobcats know how to lose in style and lose big.  When a team averages a loss by nearly double digits, it has to be a challenge to put butts in seats.

* All stats per NBA.com

The Wife Hates Sports’ NBA Power Rankings system has a method to its madness.  It attempts to be different and not just rank by popularity and record.  It mixes a secret formula of six completely different categories, meshed into a points system.  The categories don’t just include team results regarding record, but how each team has performed recently.  It also incorporates statistics on both a team’s offense and defense, too.

Greetings and salutations!  Do you like the Twitter feed version of the NBA Power Rankings, because this is an attempt at something new.  If yes, I will certainly consider doing them again.  Either way, thank you for visiting The Wife Hates Sports!

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  1. ChrisHumpherys February 26, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Hey, I just sent you an email suggesting some more cross-pollination. Let me know what you think.

    Oh, and I’m curious to find out, what’s the lowest the Heat have dropped in your power rankings this season?

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