Tony Parker's projected one-month absence from the San Antonio Spurs lineup has shuffled up the Western Conference power rankings, but his ankle injury isn't the only wild card teams out West have been dealt.
The Denver Nuggets have continued their surge, happy to have a few games at home after a road-heavy early slate. And the Oklahoma City Thunder sent a message with a tough road win over another elite team in the West.
Throw in the precipitous drop suffered by the Golden State Warriors and the latest signs of life from Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers, and there's some real fluidity to the conference's hierarchy. With only a few weeks before the postseason, nothing seems certain.
Well, that's not entirely true; the Sacramento Kings are still the worst team in the West. Amid so many recent shakeups, at least something seems stable.