The Times' NBA rankings

The Times' NBA rankings
Jeff Teague and the Hawks showed Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers that the Eastern Conference's top teams can come West and win with a 115-107 victory on Saturday night. (Greg Wahl-Stephens / Associated Press)

Broderick Turner ranks the 30 teams. Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:

1. PORTLAND: Ranked first in the NBA in rebounds per game (46.8) and second in points allowed (96.5). (1)

2. GOLDEN STATE: Has won 11 straight home games to improve to 13-1 at Oracle Arena. (3)

3. ATLANTA: Reports have the Hawks being sold; team still winning games at high clip. (8)

4. MEMPHIS: Grizzlies are 16-4 against the tough Western Conference teams. (11)

5. DALLAS: Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 29 points in return to Boston for first time since trade to Mavericks. (7)

6. CHICAGO: Despite shooting 23.3% (14 for 60) in his last three games, Derrick Rose remains confident in his shot. (6)

7. TORONTO: Hanging tough with an 11-6 record since All-Star DeMar DeRozan went out with left groin injury. (4)

8. HOUSTON: Rockets have dropped three of their last four games. (2)

9. WASHINGTON: Dropped to 1-2 on super-tough West Coast trip. (5)

10. CLIPPERS: Still waiting to see them make that run Coach Doc Rivers said he felt was coming. (9)

11. CLEVELAND: Tough times. Now LeBron James is out for two weeks with left knee and back injuries. (10)


12. OKLAHOMA CITY: Back to .500 (17-17) for the first time this season. (13)

13. PHOENIX: Averaging 106.7 points per game, fourth-best in the NBA. (12)

14. SAN ANTONIO: Spurs are 3-7 in their last 10 games.

15. MILWAUKEE: Still hanging after Coach Jason Kidd said Larry Sanders missed games for “personal reasons.” (15)

16. NEW ORLEANS: Improved to 11-1 when blocking seven or more shots in a game. (16)

17. BROOKLYN: Nets back to .500 (16-16) for the first time since November. (18)

18. MIAMI: Heat has lost three straight, six of eight games. (17)

19. SACRAMENTO: DeMarcus Cousins having All-Star season, averaging a double-double at 23.8 points, 12.0 rebounds. (20)

20. DENVER: Nuggets can at least rebound the basketball. They average 46.1 boards per game, third-best in the NBA. (19)

21. INDIANA: Showing some life by winning five of last seven games. (24)

22. BOSTON: After winning three straight, the Celtics have lost five of six. (21)

23. ORLANDO: Magic dropped to 3-13 when allowing opponents to score 100 points or more. (22)

24. DETROIT: Pistons have won a season-high four straight games. (29)

26. LAKERS: Playing Kobe Bryant reduced minutes is the best thing for the aging superstar and the team. (26)

25. UTAH: Has won five of last eight games; lost guard Alec Burks with season-ending left shoulder injury. (23)

27. CHARLOTTE: Hornets have lost five straight games. (26)

28. MINNESOTA: Has lost 10 consecutive games; allowing 108.7 points per game, the second-most in the NBA. (27)

29. PHILADELPHIA: Has lost last four straight games by an average of 23.5 points per game. (28)

30. NEW YORK: May shut down Carmelo Anthony for rest of season because of sore left knee; has lost 10 straight. (30)