NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Ranks Entering Final Stretch

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NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Ranks Entering Final Stretch
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I'm not going to lie to you, folks—there hasn't been that much in the way of monumental movement in the Most Powerful of NBA Power Rankings since last we met.

Not that the landscape hasn't shifted over the past week. All told, 23 of the Association's 30 teams find themselves in different spots this time around. Just don't expect to be blown away by too many teams making giant leaps or tumbling off cliffs, save for a few in the lower rungs of the league.

What you can look forward to, though, is plenty of shifting in March. The final full calendar month of the NBA regular season will feature a defending champion (the Miami Heat) on a potentially historic streak, a one-time paper champion (the Los Angeles Lakers) looking to replicate the formula for success put to use by its NHL co-tenants in 2012, and scores of others jockeying for position elsewhere, be it in the playoffs or in the draft lottery.

And for those of you stuck in frostier climes, spring is right around the corner, so there's always that to look forward to, even if your team remains ice-cold for the rest of the season.

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