NBA Power Rankings Week 12: Have the Miami Heat Forfeited Their Spot on Top?

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NBA Power Rankings Week 12: Have the Miami Heat Forfeited Their Spot on Top?
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Just when we think we've figured out all of the answers in the NBA, the questions are changed. It's not unexpected—a lot will change in 82 games, whether it's personnel movement, injuries or a team simply hitting their stride.

We've seen examples of these three scenarios in the last month or so: the Magic brought four new players into their rotation midseason and suddenly reeled off a nine-game winning streak, the Heat had won 21 of 22 games before injuries to their three best players derailed them a bit and the streaking Spurs have used a few minor tweaks to their philosophy to jump off to their best start in the Gregg Popovich era.

Most teams have hit the halfway point of their season in the last week and moving forward we have a good sense of who the title contenders are, who will be fighting for playoff spots, and who should just be packing it up and getting ready for next year's lottery.

Last week, it was the Heat who claimed the top spot in our weekly FC power rankings. Since they've dropped four in a row since then, who will jump up to claim the top spot: the Lakers, Celtics or Spurs?

Let's find out, starting at No. 30 with a familiar team...

The Bleacher Report NBA Power Rankings are done by averaging individual featured columnists' tallies. This week's contributors were Eric Felkey (NBA/Cavaliers), John Friel (Heat), Lance Pauker (NBA), Andrew Bailey (NBA/Mavericks), Bob Evans (NBA/Cavaliers) and Allen Kim (NBA Team Leader).

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