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The Times’ NBA rankings

RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY
CAVALIERS STILL HERE?
1. CLEVELAND (37-11)Who are these guys? 4-0 without Mo Williams. Actually, who is this guy? (1)
2. LAKERS (36-11)Bynum just lucky not to get smoke inhalation from whoever said he was All-Star. (2)
ONE BRICK SHY OF LOAD
3. ORLANDO (31-16)Back on feet, just went 6-1, even dragging Vince Carter behind them. (4)
4. DENVER (31-15)Lakers of the Rockies, wacky but good: George Karl, J.R. Smith go again. (5)
5. ATLANTA (30-16)Guess which pigeon they hope to see in spring: just swept Celtics, 4-0. (6)
6. BOSTON (29-15)In the really bad news, KG is back but he’s not KG anymore. (3)
TWO-PLUS BRICKS SHY
7. DALLAS (30-17)Old school: With Terry in lineup, average age of starters is 33. (7)
8. UTAH (28-18)Big Boozer problem: In way of Millsap, who gets 32-13 as soon as he leaves. (9)
9. SAN ANTONIO (27-18)Now it’s Tony Parker, the baby in the oft-injured Big Three, who’s out. (8)
10. PORTLAND (28-21)On bright (?) side, still play rear ends off without Roy, Oden, et al. (10)
11. NEW ORLEANS (26-21)Uh, look who’s No. 8 in West: On 13-5 run, just beat Grizzlies without Paul. (15)
12. MEMPHIS (25-21)Look who’s tied for No. 9 in West, 24-13 since their 1-8 start. (14)
13. OKLAHOMA CITY(25-21)Look who’s No. 11 in West: After Durant, Westbrook, what’s the big deal? (11)
14. TORONTO (25-22)Bosh hasn’t left building: Look who’s No. 5 in East, 14-5 after 11-17 start. (18)
15. CHICAGO (23-22)En Fuego: 13-5 with Hinrich starting -- so what’s this about moving him? (19)
16. HOUSTON (25-21)Look who else is tied for No. 9 in West, 5-8 this month after 20-13 start. (13)
17. CHARLOTTE (24-22)Thanks, Larry Brown: With team over .500, Wallace gets overdue All-Star nod. (16)
18. PHOENIX (27-21)Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Sunrise, sunset . . . (12)
19. MIAMI (24-23)OK for what is really just Wade, Beasley, Haslem and expansion roster. (17)
EARLY ENTRIES IN JOHN WALL DERBY
20. MILWAUKEE (20-25)So much for East race: Raptors, Bulls zip by, leaving them 3 1/2 out of No. 8. (22)
21. CLIPPERS (20-26)Getting run over by two teams with 12 wins between them isn’t a good sign. (20)
22. NEW YORK (18-28)Actually Utah wound up with their No. 1 pick -- from 2004 trade for Marbury. (21)
23. SACRAMENTO (16-30)His body’s back, but his game just visits: Kevin Martin scores 23-5-5-5-33. (25)
24. PHILADELPHIA (15-31)Jordan must draw lineup out of hat since they don’t have five guys he likes. (23)
25. INDIANA (16-31)Team that won 35-36-36 last three seasons will have to rally to get 30. (24)
26. DETROIT (15-30)Kuester rips effort. They prove his point, losing by 27 in swan dive vs. Heat. (26)
27. WASHINGTON (16-30)On bright side, Saunders, haunted by Brown in Detroit, faces no expectations. (28)
28. GOLDEN STATE (13-32)Ellis snubbed, but LeBron might not have been All-Star playing in this zoo. (27)
29. MINNESOTA (10-38)Not enough players and ones they have don’t fit -- like Jefferson and Love. (29)
SHOULD BE DROPPED INTO D-LEAGUE
30. NEW JERSEY (4-41)After taking a month to get fourth win, over/under on No. 5 is two weeks. (30)

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