Shiller's NBA Power Rankings: Warriors vault into Top 3
30 (30) -- Milwaukee Bucks (7-26)
Larry Drew has used 15 different starting lineups in hopes of finding one that works. Mission failed. The Bucks stink. They can't possibly upset the Warriors Tuesday night, right?
28 (23) -- Cleveland Cavaliers (11-23)
So Andrew Bynum was dismissed indefinitely and now he's going to be traded to the Lakers for Pau Gasol? No chance.
27 (27) -- New York Knicks (11-22)
The Knicks went to Texas last week and beat the Spurs, lost to the Rockets, and beat the Mavericks. Taking two of three in the Lone Star State is a solid accomplishment. Now if only they could win at MSG (4-12 at home, 7-10 on road)
26 (26) -- Sacramento Kings (10-22)
Last five games: Win over Miami, loss at San Antonio, win at Houston, losses to Philadelphia and Charlotte at home. That doesn't make sense. In 12 games with Sacramento Rudy Gay is averaging 19.5 ppg while shooting a very solid 49.7% from the floor. The problem is the Kings are 4-8 over that span.
25 (13) -- Boston Celtics (13-21)
Remember when Boston was 12-14 and playing good basketball? Neither does Jordan Crawford. The Celtics are 1-7 in their last eight games and their next five games look like this: at Nuggets, at Clippers, at Warriors, Houston, Toronto. Not good.
24 (17) -- Detroit Pistons (14-20)
The Pistons have dropped four straight, six of seven, and Andre Drummond's free throw percentage has dropped from 38.4% to 36%.
23 (21) -- Charlotte Bobcats (15-20)
It looked like Kemba Walker and the Bobcats had turned a corner a couple weeks ago when they stood at 13-14. But they are 2-6 in their last eight and the two wins are over Milwaukee and Sacramento.
Brook Lopez may be done for the season, but all Joe Johnson does is hit game winners at the buzzer (just ask the Thunder).
21 (16) -- Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers snapped a six-game skid last Friday by beating the Jazz but immediately followed it up with a 137-115 shellacking at the hands of the Nuggets Sunday night. Ten of their next 11 are on the road...
20 (18) -- Washington Wizards (14-17)
John Wall and the Wizards are talented enough to finish 3rd in the atrocious Eastern Conference but they just don't seem to want to do it. They take a three-game losing skid to Charlotte Tuesday night.
19 (22) -- Chicago Bulls (14-18)
It's never pretty with Taj Gibson and the Bulls but they are 5-2 in their last seven games and have a very favorable schedule over their next nine contests. How is Derrick Rose's rehab going?
18 (12) -- Atlanta Hawks (18-16)
I probably have them several spots too low, but considering the fact that Al Horford is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral (how painful does that sound?) and that they've lost two in a row, things are looking bleak in Atlanta. Unless you are Kyle Korver, whose NBA record of games with at least one 3-pointer stands at 103 and counting...
17 (19) Memphis Grizzlies (15-18)
The Grizzlies need Marc Gasol back in the worst way -- they are 8-13 since he went down in San Antonio (including the loss to the Spurs that night). The good news: He was cleared for "light work" on Sunday. When he comes back, they become dangerous again.
16 (14) -- New Orleans Pelicans (15-17)
You know what New Orleans needs? An extended stretch of games vs. the Eastern Conference. The good news: They get exactly that in late January/early February. The bad news: that's still over two weeks away.
15 (15) -- Minnesota Timberwolves (16-17)
Nikola Pekovic last eight games (24.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 55.5% FG) | Kevin Love has been even better over his last 13 contests (30.4 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 50.4% FG)