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NBA Power Rankings: Week 21

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With the regular season winding down, it’s time to take a look at my weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Here’s a look at how the teams stack up at the end of March.

30. Charlotte Bobcats (17-54): The Bobcats have gone 4-6 in their past 10, bit the only real question is will they win the draft lottery this year? Last Week’s Ranking-30

29. Orlando Magic (18-54):The Magic are doing everything they can to finish with the NBA’s worst record. With Arron Afflalo now out for the year and double-double machine

Mar 19, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) takes a jump shot against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

hurting, they just may do that. Last Week’s Ranking-29

28. Detroit Pistons (24-48): The Pistons have gone only 1-11 during the month of March. They can’t wait for the season to end. Last Week’s Ranking-27

27. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-48): It was fun while it lasted, but Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have joined Anderson Varejao as injured Cavs and they have responded with a six-game losing streak. Last Week’s Ranking-22

26. Toronto Raptors (26-45): Remember what happened to the Raptors contending for a playoff spot? The Raps have gone just 3-12 in their past 15 games. Last Week’s Ranking-21

25. Minnesota Timberwolves (25-45): Tough loss to the Lakers Wednesday night, marking the 22nd straight defeat to the Lakers, which is just insane. Overall though it hasn’t been a horrible 10-game stretch for the ‘Wolves as they have won 4-of-6. Last Week’s Ranking-28

24. Phoenix Suns (23-50): If the Lakers miss the playoffs, the Suns get two lottery picks this year. That’s the only thing to root for with this team right now. Last Week’s Ranking-25

23. Philadelphia 76ers (28-43): The Sixers have lost 33 of their past 47 games, yet somehow remain within striking distance of a playoff spot. Last Week’s Ranking-26

22. New Orleans Hornets (25-47): Say what you want about the Hornets, but they play hard for head coach Monty Williams and have wins over the Celtics, Grizzlies and Nuggets lately. The future is bright for the Hornets/Pelicans. Last Week’s Ranking-24

21. Sacramento Kings (27-46): Despite not showing much to get excited about this team, the Kings have won 6-of-10 down the stretch. Last Week’s Ranking-23

Mar 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) celebrates on the court after the Wizards

20. Portland Trail Blazers (33-38): Seven losses in their past nine games means no playoffs for the Blazers, but it is probably more beneficial for them to be in the lottery anyway. Last Week’s Ranking-18

19. Washington Wizards (26-45): Talk about a difference maker, the Wizards were 5-28 when John Wall returned but have won 16 of last 24. Last Week’s Ranking-20

18. Milwaukee Bucks (35-36): The Bucks have been reeling, losers of 6-of-8 before defeating the Lakers on Thursday night. It doesn’t help their cause much when they have an unhappy Brandon Jennings. Jennings could be all but gone from Milwaukee in the offseason. Last Week’s Ranking-16

17. Utah Jazz (36-36): The Jazz have lost 9-of-14 yet somehow sit only a half game out of the playoffs. Last Week’s Ranking-19

16. Boston Celtics (37-34): Doc Rivers’ squad has played very soft as of late, especially from an effort perspective. Not having Kevin Garnett doesn’t help matters much as the Celtics have gone only 3-7 in their past 10. Last Week’s Ranking-10

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