Stats from the Week that Was: 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, .393 from the field, .333 from three, 5.0 free-throw attempts and 4.0 turnovers in 38.1 minutes (two games)
Just when it looked like nothing could stop the freight train otherwise known as the Miami Heat, the injury bug came back to bite Dwyane Wade in his troublesome right knee. Luckily, the Heat didn't exactly need Wade's services against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic, whom they blasted by a combined 46 points.
Miami may well need Wade's services to extend its historic winning streak to 28 games, though. The Heat will be in his hometown to take on the Chicago Bulls, who may well have Derrick Rose back in the lineup.
That is, if Waka Flocka Flame's sources are to be trusted.
Last Week's Grade (and Ranking): A (No. 4)
Stats from the Week that Was: 15.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, .706 from the field, 5.5 free-throw attempts and 3.5 turnovers in 37.3 minutes (two games)
How does Dwight Howard drop off the list after averaging a 15-15 and hitting better than 70 percent of his shots?
Well, somebody had to make room for his overbearing teammate among the top 10. Surely, the Los Angeles Lakers didn't deserve to have multiple guys on the list this week on account of their three-game skid.
Plus, getting punked by David Lee—and trying to talk tough afterward—isn't a good sign for anyone of Howard's size and stature within the sport.
Last Week's Grade (and Ranking): B- (No. 10)
Stats from the Week that Was: 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.7 blocks, .458 from the field, 7.0 free-throw attempts and 3.3 turnovers in 34.4 minutes (three games)
Normally, a week like the one Tim Duncan just enjoyed would be more than enough to keep him on the list, if not move him up a peg or two.
But the returns of Tony Parker, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, along with the stellar week from Stephen Curry, necessitated that someone get the squeeze. This time, it's Timmy who had to feel it.
But if he continues to defy the laws of nature as he has of late, he won't be out for long
Last Week's Grade (and Ranking): B+ (No. 8)