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Power Rankings: LeBron, hot streak put Heat back on top

by | Senior NBA Blogger
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OK, fun's over. Let's get serious.

All-Star weekend is over, the parties have ended, the bar tabs are paid and players are rested. It's time to get down to business for the rest of the NBA season.

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The next four days may determine the big swing moves for several teams' seasons, and then after that, it's the cold, hard grind of March and April as the playoffs move within sight.

We know what teams are bad; we know what teams are good. It's just how bad and how good we have to suss out.

The Heat reclaim the top spot off a seven-game win streak. Why do they topple the Spurs, who they trail by several games for the league's best overall record? Because the Spurs don't have LeBron. Period.

Oklahoma City slips after being manhanded by Miami last Thursday. Meanwhile, the bottom of the Western Conference is a fascinating mixture of teams that can't figure out whether they're just good enough or just slightly bad.

No more cruising. No more finding yourselves. Two months until the playoffs, so it's time to put up or start tanking. Fun's fun, but fun time's over.

It's back to business.

Here are this week's Power Rankings.

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