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NBA Power Rankings: Who's Climbing, Who's Falling at Quarter-Season Mark?
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In putting together this week's edition of my NBA power rankings, I couldn't help but be reminded of Shel Silverstein's "Falling Up."

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the classic children's poem and/or for whom 12 lines of verse qualify as tl;dr material, here's a quick synopsis: It's about someone who falls up instead of down.

What does any of this have to do with figuring out how the league's hierarchy has changed since last week?

Well, between injury-related struggles among some of the second- and third-tier squads in the Western Conference and the mess that remains in the East outside of the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, arranging all 30 teams in a reasonable order has become a rather murky endeavor, particularly in the NBA's muddled middle.

It's to the point where I felt at times as though some teams were "falling up" these here rankings. 

But before we get too wrapped up in metaphors here, let's go ahead and see what's become of the league-wide totem pole at the quarter-season mark.

(For you pop-music buffs out there, feel free to do so while blasting Beyonce's surprise album into your ears.)

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