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The Times' NBA rankings
The Times' NBA rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses; statistics are through Friday’s games: 1. PORTLAND: Trail Blazers have won seven of eight  behind stars Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. (3)   2. HOUSTON: Will the bad Josh Smith who shoots too many threes show up, or the good one who defends, plays inside? (6)   3. GOLDEN STATE: The Warriors lost two of three after their 16-game winning streak was snapped. (2)   4. TORONTO: Raptors won six of seven before beating Clippers on Saturday; averaging 108.2 points, second-best in NBA. (4)   5. WASHINGTON: John Wall is a premier point guard, averaging a double-double with 18 points, 10.5 assists. (5)   6. CHICAGO:...

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