Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Thursday's games:
1. GOLDEN STATE: Curry, Thompson are first two All-Star starters for
3. MEMPHIS: Back to the Grind House, with the
4. CHICAGO: Won four in a row after losing 10 of previous 15 to open 1¿1/2¿-game lead over Cavaliers in Central Division. (10)
5. CLEVELAND: Went through the motions in loss to Bulls in last game before All-Star break. LeBron had eight turnovers. (4)
7. TORONTO: Making history. At 36-17, it’s the
8. SAN ANTONIO:
11. DALLAS: Got to get healthy.
12. WASHINGTON: All-Star break needed after losing six of eight.
14. OKLAHOMA CITY: Making its playoff push with two stars healthy and is just behind the last spot in the West. (18)
15. PHOENIX: Lost seven of last 10 before the break, and can see Oklahoma City coming fast in rearview mirror. (15)
16. NEW ORLEANS: Must get
17. CHARLOTTE: Health issues.
18. BOSTON: Flying under the radar,
19. MIAMI: Dwyane Wade, out last seven games with hamstring injury, plans return in first game after All-Star break. (21)
20. BROOKLYN: Won three straight, including impressive victories over Clippers, Raptors, but then lost last three. (17)
22. INDIANA: Good news.
23. UTAH: Passing the ball a bit more couldn’t hurt.
24. DENVER: Rumors have the
25. ORLANDO: Why not add him to the All-Star team? Nik Vucevic third in NBA in double-doubles with 32. (23)
27. LAKERS: Set franchise record for most consecutive losses on road (11). Is worst record (19-53) next? (27)
29. PHILADELPHIA: Time to reflect during 10-day break. Hope to get