NBA Power Rankings: Injuries taking toll on some playoff contenders

Golden State
Golden State

1. Golden State Warriors (Record: 43-10; last week: 1): Stephen Curry missed his first game of the season Sunday because of ankle soreness in a loss at Indiana, but it’s not deemed serious.


Memphis
Memphis

2. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 40-14; last week: 2) So when do the Grizzlies finally play the Warriors again? There are two meetings left: March 27 in Memphis and April 13 in Oakland.


Atlanta
Atlanta

3. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 44-12; last week: 3): The Hawks have dropped three of their last five and four of eight, including a 25-point home loss to Toronto on Friday.


Cleveland
Cleveland

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 35-22; last week: 5): David Griffin may have further helped his candidacy for NBA Executive of the Year by signing free-agent veteran center Kendrick Perkins.


Toronto
Toronto

5. Toronto Raptors (Record: 37-18; last week: 4): Despite rumors about forward Terrence Ross being dangled and interest in Indiana’s David West, Toronto stayed pat at the trade deadline.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

6. Los Angeles Clippers (Record: 37-19; last week: 11): Keep an eye on Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, who scored a career-high 28 points in a win over Sacramento on Saturday.


Houston
Houston

7. Houston Rockets (Record: 37-18; last week: 6): The Rockets added an athletic and offensively gifted small forward in rookie K.J. McDaniels from Philadelphia in a three-team deal.


Dallas
Dallas

8. Dallas Mavericks (Record: 38-20; last week: 10): The arrival of big man Amar’e Stoudemire is now even more vital with forward Chandler Parsons sidelined because of a left ankle injury.


Portland
Portland

9. Portland Trail Blazers (Record: 36-19; last week: 8): The Blazers added a much-needed veteran scoring presence in acquiring guard Arron Afflalo from Denver.


Chicago
Chicago

10. Chicago Bulls (Record: 35-21; last week: 9): Things are interesting in the Central Division, where the Bulls have a 1/2-game lead over the Cavaliers, winners of eight of 10.


Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

11. Oklahoma City Thunder (Record: 31-25; last week: 14): Kevin Durant (foot) is out, but Russell Westbrook has averaged 33 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in five games this season without Durant.


San Antonio
San Antonio

12. San Antonio Spurs (Record: 34-21; last week: 7): The Spurs could have used Texas native Kendrick Perkins because they are weak at center when Tim Duncan is at power forward.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

13. Milwaukee Bucks (Record: 31-24; last week: 13): The Bucks trading point guard Brandon Knight was curious, but they love the athleticism and length of Michael Carter-Williams.


Washington
Washington

14. Washington Wizards (Record: 33-23; last week: 12): What’s wrong with the Wizards? Washington has lost three straight, eight of 10 and is dropping in the East standings.


Phoenix
Phoenix

15. Phoenix Suns (Record: 29-27; last week: 15): Phoenix made the best of a bad situation by trading Isaiah Thomas and unhappy Goran Dragic and acquiring Brandon Knight and three first-round draft picks.


New Orleans
New Orleans

16. New Orleans Pelicans (Record: 28-27; last week: 16): It will be hard for the Pelicans to stay on pace in the playoff race without Anthony Davis, who is out 1-2 weeks with a shoulder sprain.


Indiana
Indiana

17. Indiana Pacers (Record: 23-33; last week: 20): Here come the Pacers, who are now a half-game out of an East playoff spot with injured star Paul George a month away from a possible return.


Detroit
Detroit

18. Detroit Pistons (Record: 23-33; last week: 22): The Pistons, who are eyeing the playoffs, will be looking for a serious boost from newly acquired Reggie Jackson.


Miami
Miami

19. Miami Heat (Record: 23-31; last week: 17): Miami had some real excitement in acquiring Goran Dragic, but then received a horrible blow, losing Chris Bosh for the season.


Brooklyn
Brooklyn

20. Brooklyn Nets (Record: 22-31; last week: 23): Thaddeus Young was a solid addition, but the Nets failed to move their biggest contracts.


Charlotte
Charlotte

21. Charlotte Hornets (Record: 22-32; last week: 18): Trading Lance Stephenson was a big storyline this season, but it quietly went away as the Hornets guard was not dealt before the deadline.


Utah
Utah

22. Utah Jazz (Record: 20-34; last week: 19): Utah could end up regretting trading young center Enes Kanter, who is averaging 15 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games with Oklahoma City.


Boston
Boston

23. Boston Celtics (Record: 20-33; last week: 21): The Celtics had agreed to buy out Tayshaun Prince if a trade couldn't be completed, a source said. But an unexpected deal with Detroit came along, and Prince wasn't exactly thrilled to be going to the Pistons.


Sacramento
Sacramento

24. Sacramento Kings (Record: 19-35; last week: 25): New Kings coach George Karl, the 2013 NBA Coach of the Year with the Nuggets, is scheduled to return to Denver on April 12.


Denver
Denver

25. Denver Nuggets (Record: 20-35; last week: 24): The Nuggets weren’t interested in trading forward Wilson Chandler, resisting several trade overtures for him.


Minnesota
Minnesota

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (Record: 12-42; last week: 27) Kevin Garnett’s first game back with the T-Wolves is scheduled to be Wednesday against visiting Washington.


Orlando
Orlando

27. Orlando Magic (Record: 19-39; last week: 28): Interim head coach James Borrego is 4-2 with three straight wins. The Magic have yet to allow 100 points under Borrego.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

28. Philadelphia 76ers (Record: 12-43; last week: 26) In a classy move, coach Brett Brown called Michael Carter-Williams after he was traded to the Bucks to offer best wishes, a source said.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

29. Los Angeles Lakers (Record: 14-41; last week: 30): The Sixers are rooting for the Lakers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak Sunday. The 76ers get the Lakers’ 2015 draft pick if it’s not in the Top 5.


New York
New York

30. New York Knicks (Record: 10-45; last week: 29): There is a lot of talk about Duke’s Jahlil Okafor by Knicks fans, but don’t forget about Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns from New Jersey.

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