The 2013 NBA playoffs are getting hot and heavy, to say the least. All four second-round series are knotted up at one game apiece, with some teams (i.e. the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls) already disposing of the niceties in favor of some good ol' fashioned basketball animus.
Figuring out where each squad fits in relation to the others in an orderly fashion is no easy task when the matchups are as even as they now appear to be.
Are the Golden State Warriors actually better than the San Antonio Spurs? Or has Gregg Popovich's squad simply been caught on the wrong end of two outstanding shooting performances, with an escape route planned for Game 1? Will the New York Knicks ever get a handle on their Jekyll-and-Hyde act? Or will the Indiana Pacers bludgeon them into oblivion before they do? And how long can Kevin Durant keep up this superhero act of his?
These questions (and many, many more) have all come into play during our "intensive" power ranking tabulations since our last edition hit the Interwebz. Here's what we came up with for this week's rankings after consulting on end with our resident experts and exhaustive simulations.