NBA Power Rankings: Are Celtics, Spurs or Heat Best Heading Into Christmas?

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NBA Power Rankings: Are Celtics, Spurs or Heat Best Heading Into Christmas?
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This past week was undoubtedly one of the most exciting yet, both on and off the court.

Between multiple blockbuster trades involving a major contender, an instant classic at the finally relevant Madison Square Garden and some buzzer-beating heroics, there was plenty of drama to go around the league this week.

Heading into the new year, the early season feeling-out process is coming to a close, as teams are falling into place.

At this point of the season, coaches and players are beginning to find themselves on (or off) the same page, as contenders and pretenders continue to distinguish themselves more and more.

What teams are burning up the holiday season? Who's looking for a Christmas miracle? What coaches are on the hot seat? Which players need fashion advice from Craig Sager?

As always, the B/R basketball warlords are here to help answer all of these burning questions, presenting you with the Week 8 power rankings. I could end with a "it's cold outside, but the NBA is as hot as ever" cliche, but nobody wants to hear that.

Besides, there's no point repeating what's already tacitly understood.


The Bleacher Report NBA Power Rankings are done by averaging individual featured columnists' tallies. This week's contributors were Mario Gonzalez (NBA), Lance Pauker (NBA), Allen Kim (NBA), Eric Felkey (NBA/Cavaliers), James Schmidt (Rockets), John Friel (Heat), Patrick Harrel (Rockets), Brian Chappatta (Bulls), Brett Roberts (Magic), Preston DeGarmo (Blazers) and Bryan Toporek (NBA Team Leader).

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