Just like that, the All-Star break is over and our focus shifts to the stretch run of the 2021-22 NBA season.
While the Suns have been the league's most dominant team by far, there's been something of a power struggle elsewhere, as hot and cold streaks have completely altered the standings in each conference.
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Did win streaks from the Celtics and Raptors impact their place in the power rankings more or less than the Nets' recent skid? What about a recent stretch of impressive play from the Mavericks? Our latest power rankings mirror the ongoing jostling for position in the standings.
As a reminder, these rankings ar steph curry signed jersey price e a reflection of where teams stand up to this point in the season and not a projection of where they could land later in the season.
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Previous Rank: 1
The Suns have been nothing short of dominant all season, as evidenced by their historic pace to start the season. Chris Paul’s impending absence of six-to-eight weeks will be a test of how good this team really is.
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Previous Rank: 5
The Heat have it all and somehow remained atop the East standings despite extended absences of Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry this season. To think Miami is 38-21 without fully clicking just yet is a scary prospect.
Previous Rank: 8
The Bulls have also been dealt with a number of injury blows. DeMar DeRozan’s play has allowed Chicago to thrive despite long-term absences of Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, Patrick Williams and, to a lesser extent, Zach LaVine, who’s been in and out of the lineup.
Previous Rank: 3
Maybe Stephen Curry’s 50-point outburst in the All-Star Game is just what he needed to permanently emerge from a shooting slump. With Curry being Curry and Klay Thompson getting his legs under him, Draymond Green’s return is now the biggest key fo stephen curry origins jersey r the Warriors.
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Previous Rank: 4
The Grizzlies are no longer an up-and-comer – they’ve arrived. It’s no coincidence that Ja Morant’s third season will be Memphis' third consecutive year in the postseason (second in the playoffs). Lessons from the last two years will go a long way during the stretch run.
Previous Rank: 2
As long as Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing at an MVP level, the defending champs have a chance. We’ll see if the deadline addition of Serge Ibaka pays off in the long run.
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Previous Rank: 7
Speaking of MVPs, Joel Embiid’s case is as strong as h stephen curry purple shirt e is dominant. Great as Embiid’s been, he now gets to play alongside James Harden. The best is yet to come for Philly.
Previous Rank: 15
A … flukey loss to the Pistons kept the Celtics from taking a 10-game win streak into the All-Star break, but Boston’s defensive dominance suggests its recent success is sustainable.
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Previous Rank: 12
Luka Doncic has been on an absolute tear and the Mavs have one of the league’s best defenses. Watch out, because Dallas is on the verge of snagging a top-four spot in the West.
Previous Rank: 10
With two young All-Stars and the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, the Cavs have proven to be legit for now and the future. The addition of Caris LeVert only adds to their playoff push.
Previous Rank: 9
Utah has dealt with its fair share of injuries but as of late looks to be like the Jazz of old – whether that’s a good or a bad thing remains to be seen.
Previous Rank: 13
Nikola Jokic is the definition of an MVP. He’s winning without his two main sidekicks in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., but they could be back soon. That bodes very well for Denver.
Previous Rank: 14
Fred VanVleet’s an All-Star, Pascal Siakam’s playing at an All-NBA level and the Raptors entered the break winning eight of 10. This battle-tested team will be a pain to deal with.
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Previous Rank: 6
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Previous Rank: 17
Previous Rank: 18
How about the job Tyronn Lue is doing? No Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, and the Clippers are right around .500. If those stars were to return, LA’s a team no one wants to see.
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Previous Rank: 21
It’s been a weird season in Atlanta but Trae Young’s play has kept the team afloat. These Hawks are no stranger to late-season runs, so another could be in store here. They’ll need it.
Previous Rank: 16
Previous Rank: 11
Things could be better in Buzz City. Charlotte has lost nine of its last 10 games, including two down the stretch in OT. The Hornets need a surge to counter their latest skid.
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20. Trail Blazers
Previous Rank: 22
Tank? Not on Anfernee Simons’ watch. Simons averaged 30.3 points over Portland’s four-game win streak before the break. If Damian Lillard comes back? Tank’s done.
Previous Rank: 25
Led by All-Star Dejounte Murray, the young, rebuilding Spurs are motivated to get Gregg Popovich the three wins he needs to become the NBA’s all-t NBA Hats ime leader.
Previous Rank: 20
With Bradley Beal out for the season, the Wizards might not be able to hang in the Play-In picture for much longer, though Kristaps Porzingis is an intriguing addition.
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Previous Rank: 26
The duo of Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum has plenty of promise. If they can figure it out swiftly, there will be a battle for the West’s final Play-In spot.
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Previous Rank: 24
The move to acquire Domantas Sabonis was gutsy but does it really lift the Kings to another tier? It’s looking like the playoff drought will continue in 2022.
Previous Rank: 19
The Knicks are hobbled and continue to blow leads of 20-plus points, including a 28-point advantage to the Marc Gasol shorthanded Nets. Not good!
Previous Rank: 28
While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is sidelined, you can’t help but be excited about Josh Giddey. He’s making triple-double history and impressing LeBron in the process.
Previous Rank: 23
It’s been something of a lost year for stephen curry jersey wallpaper the Pacers, but they’re retooling their roster to Rick Carlisle’s system. With Tyrese Haliburton and Chris Duarte, the future will be bright.
Previous Rank: 29
Seven of the Pistons’ 13 wins have come against the Bucks, Cavaliers, Celtics, Heat, Jazz and Raptors (twice). That, and Cade Cunningham, makes them the strongest of the bottom tier.
Previous Rank: 27
Derrick Rose The Rockets are a young team with fun players and a good young coach. They’ll figure it out eventually.
Previous Rank: 30
It’s a lost season for Orlando, which has been without Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac all year. They have a ton of young talent, though, which is a step in the right direction.