I'm not the first one to say it and I won't be the last: the 2014 NBA playoffs have been frickin' awesome!
Better yet, we're just a week-and-a-half into them, with another month-and-a-half or so still to go. It's a shame that the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Bobcats won't be around to see this postseason through, but eliminations are an inevitable part of the league's second season, and these two banged-up squads could certainly use the extra time off.
It's not as though these playoffs are lacking for juicy storylines and great games without them. Peel past the Donald Sterling controversy, and you'll find a postseason replete with overtime thrillers, miraculous game-winners and jaw-dropping performances, both good and bad.
The competition between the remaining 14 teams has been so close and so captivating as to make ranking the teams in any reliable order an almost futile task. Leave it to yours truly, though, to be foolhardy enough to try to figure out how they compare to one another and to arrange them accordingly.
Note: all changes shown in the rankings are in relation to each team's finish in our end-of-season power rankings.