Broderick Turner ranks the 30 teams. Last week's ranking in parentheses; statistics are through Friday's games:
1. GOLDEN STATE: Closing in on franchise-best record, and on home-court advantage throughout West playoffs. (1)
2. CLEVELAND: Whether
5. CLIPPERS: Win sixth straight, clinch fourth straight playoff berth. But still need Jamal Crawford (calf) back. (6)
6. SAN ANTONIO: Here come those
7. CHICAGO: Getting
8. MEMPHIS: Staggering to the finish line with back-to-back ugly losses, by 22 to Cavaliers and by 23 to
9. PORTLAND: Having
10. OKLAHOMA CITY:
12. DALLAS: Big blow for
13. WASHINGTON: Cooling at the wrong time.
14. MILWAUKEE: Won back-to-back games over playoff contenders to get back to .500 and solidify hold on sixth spot. (16)
15. NEW ORLEANS:
16. BOSTON: Play has been up and down, with two wins in six games, but
17. BROOKLYN: Still fighting for a playoff spot.
18. PHOENIX: Running out of time to get a playoff spot in West.
19. MIAMI: Playoff hopes ride on health of guard Dwyane Wade, who's playing with a balky left knee. (14)
20. INDIANA: Sliding in wrong direction for playoff spot in East.
21. CHARLOTTE: Wobbling down the stretch, losing eight of 10 to drop to 11th in East, but still 1 1/2 games from eighth spot. (21)
26. ORLANDO: Where's the defense? Magic has allowed at least 104 points in six of last seven, has lost nine of 10. (25)
28. LAKERS: At 19-52, on pace for worst record in club history; '57-58 Minneapolis Lakers were 19-53, a .264 percentage. (28)
29. MINNESOTA: Andrew Wiggins pushing for the rookie of the year. Has four games with at least 30 points this season. (29)