NBA Power Rankings – March 3, 2014

1. Indiana Pacers (46-13)
1. Indiana Pacers (46-13)
Indiana has a slight cushion in the standings, but with two more games against Miami, anything is possible. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Miami Heat (42-14)
2. Miami Heat (42-14)
Mask or no mask, LeBron James is once again playing like an MVP. The Heat have won seven straight. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (45-15)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (45-15)
The hits just keep on coming. Russell Westbrook finally returns, and now Thabo Sefolosha will miss four to six weeks with a calf strain. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. San Antonio Spurs (43-16)
4. San Antonio Spurs (43-16)
In his first game since Feb. 10, Tony Parker scored 22 points in a 112-106 win against Dallas on Sunday. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Houston Rockets (40-19)
5. Houston Rockets (40-19)
Houston, 11-2 in its last 13 games, is looking like a legitimate threat in the West. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (41-20)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (41-20)
Danny Granger is a veteran who can still produce. In other words, he’s exactly what the Clippers needed. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Portland Trail Blazers (41-18)
7. Portland Trail Blazers (41-18)
After a rough 5-9 stretch, Portland has won five straight – all against losing teams. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (36-24)
8. Golden State Warriors (36-24)
Tuesday’s game in Indy will be a telling test for Golden State, which is 2-2 on its current road trip – with both losses coming to winning teams (Chicago and Toronto) and both wins coming to losing trams (Detroit and New York). (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Phoenix Suns (35-24)
9. Phoenix Suns (35-24)
Goran Dragic scored a career-high 40 points in a 116-104 win for Phoenix last Friday. Not bad for a guy who almost didn’t make the All-Star team. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Dallas Mavericks (36-25)
10. Dallas Mavericks (36-25)
It was one of the weakest game-winning jumpers ever, but hey, Dirk Nowitzki still has that shooter’s touch. (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
11. Toronto Raptors (33-26)
11. Toronto Raptors (33-26)
DeMar DeRozan has scored 32+ points in three straight games. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Chicago Bulls (33-26)
12. Chicago Bulls (33-26)
The Bulls acquired Jimmer Fredette, Joakim Noah got his fifth career triple-double, and Chicago has suddenly won four straight and nine of 10. If only Derrick Rose were playing... (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Memphis Grizzlies (33-25)
13. Memphis Grizzlies (33-25)
Memphis needs to keep winning to make the playoffs – and it needs Dallas or Phoenix to falter. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
14. Washington Wizards (31-28)
14. Washington Wizards (31-28)
The Wizards – yes, the Wizards – have won six straight games. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Brooklyn Nets (28-29)
15. Brooklyn Nets (28-29)
Brooklyn is one win away from being .500 for the first time since starting 2-2. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (29-29)
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (29-29)
With the playoffs looking more and more like a long shot, the focus now shifts to Kevin Love and his future in Minnesota. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Charlotte Bobcats (27-32)
17. Charlotte Bobcats (27-32)
Charlotte, which is clinging to the seventh seed in the East, apparently has no use for Ben Gordon, who was waived Sunday. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Atlanta Hawks (26-32)
18. Atlanta Hawks (26-32)
Atlanta has been so bad – 1-10 in its last 11 games – that Cleveland and Detroit are suddenly in the playoff picture. Wow. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
19. Denver Nuggets (25-33)
19. Denver Nuggets (25-33)
Denver, once a playoff team, has dropped nine of 10. Season over. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-37)
20. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-37)
Cleveland, which has won six of 10, is suddenly three-and-a-half games back of a playoff spot. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Utah Jazz (21-38)
21. Utah Jazz (21-38)
Utah hung tough against the Pacers in Indianapolis on Sunday, ultimately falling 94-91. That’s a moral victory this team will take. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. New Orleans Pelicans (23-36)
22. New Orleans Pelicans (23-36)
Seven straight losses. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. New York Knicks (21-39)
23. New York Knicks (21-39)
Raymond Felton added yet another layer to the embarrassment that is this season in New York. (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
24. Detroit Pistons (23-36)
24. Detroit Pistons (23-36)
Detroit has lost four straight games but is somehow still in playoff contention. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Orlando Magic (19-43)
25. Orlando Magic (19-43)
How is a team plays .500 ball at home (15-15) just 4-28 on the road? (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Sacramento Kings (20-39)
26. Sacramento Kings (20-39)
The worst team in the West would be a hot streak away from playoff contention in the East. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
27. Los Angeles Lakers (20-39)
27. Los Angeles Lakers (20-39)
See above. (Photo by Evan Gole/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Boston Celtics (20-40)
28. Boston Celtics (20-40)
Rajon Rondo says he wants to be a leader. I’m not convinced he’s capable of that. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (11-47)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (11-47)
The 76ers are playing so disgracefully that – at this point – it’s insulting to rank them ahead of Milwaukee. So I’m not. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-45)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-45)
Not only have the Sixers lost 14 straight games, but they also gave up 130 points to the Bucks last week – at home. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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