NBA Power Rankings: How High Will the Hornets Fly After Their Week 13 Dominance?

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NBA Power Rankings: How High Will the Hornets Fly After Their Week 13 Dominance?
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I'm not sure if you were watching, but the New Orleans Hornets put the rest of the league on notice this week.

After climbing back into the contender conversation last week, the Hornets came out and dominated this week's schedule to improve to 29-16 on the season. 

For those of you who haven't been paying attention, that is only eight wins off their total of 37 from last season.

I guess having All-Star Chris Paul back does a thing or two for your team's swagger.

The NBA was full of surprises last week, as we saw the New York Knicks continue their downward spiral with four more losses to bring their losing streak to six games in a row.

However, what was even more surprising was the upward surge of the Portland Trail Blazers.

After losing their team leaders Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby, many people expected the Trail Blazers to fade into the lottery.

A favorable schedule of Minnesota and Sacramento allowed them to pick up two easy wins, and then they capped off the week by beating the Clippers and Pacers.

And who says the regular season doesn't have story lines?

Will all of those wins place the Hornets among the NBA's elite?

How far will the New York Knicks slide in this week's rankings?

Let's take a look.

The Bleacher Report NBA Power Rankings are done by averaging individual featured columnists' tallies. This week's contributors were Bob Evans (NBA/Cavaliers), Andrew Bailey (NBA/Mavericks), Tyler Conway (NBA), Mario Gonzalez (NBA), Brian Chappatta (Bulls), and Allen Kim (NBA Team Leader).

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