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Sunday, January 04, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

NBA power rankings

By Percy Allen
Seattle Times staff reporter

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(Last week's ranking in parentheses.)

1. San Antonio (1): How come no one talks about the Spurs?

2. Minnesota (3): Saunders lobbies for Cassell All-Star votes.

3. Sacramento (6): Webber expected to practice tomorrow.

4. New Jersey (2): Gambling on Griffin despite legal troubles.

5. Indiana (12): Tinsley could be missing piece to a championship.

6. Detroit (22): Pistons too good to be that bad for so long.

7. New Orleans (9): The Spurs of the East, they get no respect.

8. Lakers (10): Payton's Homecoming II set for April 2.

9. Denver (13): If you're waiting for them to fall, then dream on.

10. Seattle (18): Different team w/Allen; 4-1 since his return.

11. Dallas (15): Mavs had 25-5 record at this point last season.

12. Milwaukee (7): Biggest surprise in the East right now.

13. Clippers: (11): Can't win away from home: 3-8 on road.

14. New York (21): Van Horn is top scorer in past four wins.

15. Miami (8): After 0-7 start, Van Gundy has Heat contending.

16. Houston (16): Staying put in rankings for third straight week.

17. Utah (14): Kirilenko pushing Artest for Defensive POY award.

18. Portland (17): Held workout for 7-5 center Slavko Vranes.

19. Boston (5): Two big trades and still contending for division.

20. Toronto (24): Buried on bench, Murray demands a trade.

21. Chicago (25): Crawford flourishes in role as lead scorer.

22. Memphis (23): 7-game skid may have spoiled playoff hopes.

23. Phoenix (28): Marbury hits for 40; is he an All-Star again?

24. Philadelphia (20): Injuries reduce roster to 12 for road trip.

25. Washington (29): Arenas plays big in win vs. Golden State.

26. Cleveland (26): Wagner back Tuesday from knee surgery.

27. Golden State (4): Biggest fall of the week; Murphy will start.

28. Orlando (19): Picture UConn's Okefor with McGrady.

29. Atlanta (27): Ended 9-game road losing streak last week.

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