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NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

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NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 4 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
Past rankings:PreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7 Week 8

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Tony: Still the king, but a viable case can be made for the Clippers.
Mark: Would have the lost the top spot, but stomped the Warriors on Sunday.
2
Tony: They've been dominant. I have a bet riding on them collapsing a bit, though.
Mark: Ibaka continues to improve offensively.
3
Tony: Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Mark:Consistent bench play always been as impressive as aging starters.
4
Tony: Fighting with New York for the top spot in the East.
Mark: Numbers don't lie: LeBron is your MVP.
5
Tony: Sporting the best D in the league.
Mark: Klay Thompson finally heating up from beyond the arc.
6
Tony: Come back to Earth a bit lately.
Mark: Impressive that they're better without Mayo...never thought that'd happen.7
Tony: Borderline Top 5 team, but have to keep playing at high level all year.
Mark: Tyson Chandler's career year has meant everything.8
Tony: Surprising squad of late. Highest scoring team in league.
Mark: They just won't go away in the West.
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Tony: Lou Williams has been a real nice addition.
Mark: Nowadays it's impressive any time you beat the Clippers.
10
Tony: Can you believe they have a better defense than the Bulls?
Mark: So when does Taj start?
11
Tony: Big win over the Heat puts league on notice.
Mark: Danny Granger nearing a return.
12
Tony: Playing more like how I thought they would.
Mark:Quietly putting together an impressive season despite some offseason shake-ups.
13
Tony: At least D-Will is starting to play back to form.
Mark:Awful decision to fire Avery Johnson, but maybe it lights a fire underneath the Nets.
14
Tony: Need to fix the 7-11 on the road.
Mark: Still clinging to the No. 8 seed.
15
Tony: Right around .500 is what I expect of this team.
Mark: Dwight, Pau and Jordan Hill all out. Yikes.
16
Tony: If they can stay healthy, I fully expect them to be a playoff team in the West.
Mark: Could see them moving Courtney Lee for a big.
17
Tony: Rondo is having a whole heap of behavioral issues.
Mark: Derrick Favors has to break out at some point, right?
18
Tony: They've really fallen off lately haven't they?
Mark: Back at .500, the Bucks are slowly fading...like we all thought they would.
19
Tony: Pau and Howard out now? This is getting out of hand.
Mark: They were fine without Love the first time, don't know if it can happen again.
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Tony: Jrue can't do it by himself, you guys.
Mark: The Bynum news this week was...that there's no new news...again.
21
Tony: TheReturn: Dirk Edition hasn't helped, huh?
Mark:Smart for the Kings to not want to move Cousins. He's a top-5 center with a bottom-5 brain. Hopefully he turns the latter around.
22
Tony: Cousins is beastin' right now.
Mark: Really believe they could sneak in as the No. 8 seed in the East (5 GB as of Monday).
23
Tony: Alan Anderson, Lowry tearin' it up from the bench.
Mark: Age quickly catching up with them. Glad they got their ring now.
24
Tony: At least Drummond looks like a future piece.
Mark: I concur with Tony: Andre Drummond is the real deal.
25
Tony: Won't be successful if you're just 7-12 at home.
Mark: Anthony Davis returning helps, but early season success was a mirage.
26
Tony: Maybe they need Steve Nash back?
Mark: What a boring team.
27
Tony: Got some nice players, but can't put it all together.
Mark: Really impressed with the overtime win over the Pistons on Sunday.
28
Tony: Hey, at least they halted their losing streak.
Mark: 2-8 in last 10; need Davis back soon.
29
Tony: My boy Greivis has been dominiant.
Mark: What happened to Dion Waiters.
30
Tony:Played the Heat real tough...until a MIA 21-0 run to end game.
Mark:Brad Beal rookie of the month in December. That's about it.

Steve Kerr: 'By the way, I kicked MJ's ass'

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Steve Kerr: 'By the way, I kicked MJ's ass'

The story of Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan getting into a fight in training camp has become infamous in NBA history.

It was the undersized guard who was a 3-point specialist standing up to the greatest player ever who was notorious for his competitive nature. Kerr still brings it up every so often, and made a reference to it (to comedic effect) on Tuesday.

"By the way, I kicked MJ's ass," Kerr said.

At the beginning of the clip, the Warriors coach is talking about an on-court confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, which carried over to the locker room after the game.

Kerr's altercation with Jordan took place in 1995, the summer before the Bulls went 72-10 and won the fourth of the team's six titles. The two got matched up in a scrimmage and Jordan, ever the trash talker, starting jawwing at Kerr. Kerr didn't back down, which led to the two needing to be separated.

Apparently Kerr can still laugh about the whole thing, too.

Zach LaVine offers words of encouragement for Caris LeVert

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Zach LaVine offers words of encouragement for Caris LeVert

Zach LaVine knows a thing or two about comeback campaigns. And that is why it is so encouraging to see him offer kind words to Brooklyn Nets wing Caris LeVert.

LaVine tore his ACL in February of 2017 and aggressively worked to get back into playing shape amid his trade to the Chicago Bulls. He put up 16 points per game in an incredibly inefficient season but has bounced back in a serious way in 2018-19, playing like one of the best 2-guards in the league. LeVert was on a similar path.

Caris LeVert had multiple seasons cut short due to injury at the University of Michigan and only played in 57 games his rookie year. He started to build considerable momentum last season, averaging 12 points and 26 minutes per game. This year LeVert was in full breakout mode, scoring 18 points per game on a career-high 47 percent from the field. 

LeVert will make it back from this injury, and his herky-jerky play style makes it all the more likely that he can get back to the high level he was playing at in 2018. He has encouragement coming from all corners of the basketball world, but the best thing is that LeVert himself seems to be in good spirits.