NBA Power Rankings: Deconstructing the League's Top 3 Teams

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NBA Power Rankings: Deconstructing the League's Top 3 Teams
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This compact, fast-paced NBA season has produced as slew of interesting sub-plots since its Christmas Day opening.

The early-season soap opera that was the Chris Paul trade foreshadowed the unfolding drama that was to take place over the course of the 2011-2012 basketball campaign.

From Kobe Bryant’s 40-point scoring streak to the most recent arc that has been dubbed “Linsanity,” there has been no shortage of entertainment to show basketball fans that the NBA can still produce a quality product.

Through all of the plot twists and turns, however, some constants have started to emerge.

The most notable of the season’s regularities is the frequent power-ranking presence of the league’s top teams: the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.

Each of these teams made deep playoff runs last season but also came up short of winning an NBA title.

They were all considered the top favorites coming into the 2012 championship crusade and have definitely set themselves a world apart from the rest of the NBA.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these teams to see where they excel and where they falter.


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