NBA Power Rankings: Los Angeles Lakers' Rise Stunted by Kobe Bryant's Injury

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NBA Power Rankings: Los Angeles Lakers' Rise Stunted by Kobe Bryant's Injury
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The approach of the holiday season—at least that which follows Hanukkah this year—has brought with it an eventful week in the NBA.

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers went head-to-head for the second time in eight days. Some contenders (San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers) ran into roadblocks against talented teams (Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves) hoping to make moves in 2013-14.

The Oklahoma City Thunder stayed scorching hot, while several squads (Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies) slipped further toward tanking territory, wittingly or otherwise. 

A pair of younger stars (Bradley Beal and Andre Iguodala) returned from injury, just in time for two of the league's biggest names (Tony Parker and Kobe Bryant) to rejoin the ranks of the walking wounded.

Naturally, there's been some noteworthy shuffling of these here power rankings since the last edition hit the virtual presses. Read on to find out how all the recent excitement has shaken up the standings that yours truly so carefully crafts each and every week.

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