NBA Power Rankings: How Have Injuries to Star Guards Shaken Up Standings?

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NBA Power Rankings: How Have Injuries to Star Guards Shaken Up Standings?
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The NBA's injury train keeps chugging down the track and unfortunately has been picking up new passengers at nearly every stop.

This past week alone saw: Chris Paul succumb to a shoulder injury; Eric Bledsoe, his former understudy, learned that he'd be out indefinitely following knee surgery; and Deron Williams fell victim to further complications with his chronically creaky ankles.

Not to mention the setbacks suffered in Lance Stephenson's knee, Mario Chalmers' Achilles tendon, Shawn Marion's shoulder and Manu Ginobili's hamstring.

Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but with the way they've been piling up around the Association, one can't help but wonder whether the basketball gods are messing with all of us and, if so, why.

Whatever the case may be, it's clear that the injuries have had an impact on these here power rankings. Several teams saw their positions shift from the first edition of 2014 on account of their wounded and the impact of the associated absences.

Click/swipe through to see which teams moved where and why, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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