Raise your hand if you thought, after the Suns' playoff sweep of the Spurs, that that in week 14, the Spurs would be pulling away from the rest of the league. Surprising, that's what it is.
Here we are in Week 14 of the NBA season. The Suns have managed to scrape together some respectable wins over some quality, if short-handed and sleep-deprived, opponents. But wins are wins! The Spurs continue to dominate and have started the annual Rodeo Trip, which is when they usually bond and really start playing some good ball. Which makes the rest of the league quake in fear.
The Eastern conference is half awesome and half completely terrible. The Lakers appear to be in disarray, but it's probably some elaborate plan by Phil Jackson to lull everyone into complacency and the Bulls are powering along still without Joakim Noah.
Don't forget about the Celtics. They may punch you -- unintentionally, of course -- in the personal-privates area to get your attention. Yes, Celtics, you are doing well, with that chip on your shoulder and your plethora of injured big men. Eddie House wins one for the Heat with his giant pair of hands that shoot three pointers so well.
Now, on to the rankings:
SBNation.com | NBA Power Rankings: Can The Celtics Or Anyone Else Catch The Spurs?
The East remains extraordinarily top-heavy ... and completely mediocre beyond the top six. Can anyone of the East's power catch the Spurs, though?
CBSSports.com | Power Rankings: NBA can learn from other All-Star outings
Here's something new: The Lakers are no longer a Top Five team in this week's CBSSports.com NBA Power Rankings.
FOXSports.com | NBA Power Rankings - Top 30 NBA Basketball Teams
Three teams have legit cases for the top -- and the Bulls are handling their business as well. The Celtics remain in the top spot for racking up style points while beating the Lakers and looking like they're already ready for the Finals. The Heat, well, they're darn good, too. The week's interesting moves come in the bottom half as Memphis and Sacramento are playing some good basketball.
NBA.com | Lakers coming up small in big games
Things will likely change before the end of the season, but right now, it looks like we've got a Big Five in the Power Rankings. They're the teams with the five best records in the league and they've held the top five spots for three weeks now.
ProBasketballTalk.com | NBA Power Rankings: How would you feel about a Spurs/Celtics NBA finals?
Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we’re thinking that the finals could be Spurs and Celtics because no teams are executing anywhere near their level right now in crunch time.
SI.com | Spurs ranked No. 1, Bulls jump to No. 3 in NBA Power Rankings
Slowly but surely as the season has unfolded, it has become apparent that the Celtics' biggest challenge in the East might not be one of the Florida teams after all, but the Chicago Bulls.
ESPN.com | Power Rankings: Spurs hold off Celtics at no. 1
The San Antonio Spurs are going to try something new after years of relying on their annual Rodeo Road Trip every February to kickstart a second-half surge into the playoffs. These Spurs just want to maintain the mojo they have.