Can you believe it? The end of the 2013-14 NBA season is less than a week away. It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about Derrick Rose's return, Russell Westbrook's second knee surgery and how the Los Angeles Lakers might hold the fort without Kobe Bryant.
The last five-and-a-half months have yielded answers to those and many more big-picture questions. Yet these here power rankings haven't calcified in the least.
Quite the contrary, actually. The pushes for playoff positioning at the top and lottery ping-pong balls at the bottom have intensified in most corners. That much is clear when considering LeBron James' 40-plus-minute nights (when he'd usually be resting up for the playoffs) and the Milwaukee Bucks' inability to beat one of the league's worst benches.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Association's hierarchy has shifted considerably since last week. How, exactly, is for me to know and you to find out.
By swiping/clicking ahead, that is.
And remember, folks: these power rankings, while reflective of how teams have fared over the course of the current campaign, take into account (rather heavily, in fact) the particulars of a squad's relative on-court performance in recent days and weeks.