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A short week for the All-Star break meant there was little effect on the Athlon Sports NBA Power Rankings for Week 18.
San Antonio and Boston maintain the Nos. 1 and 2 spots for what seems like all 18 weeks of the season as the leaders of their respective conferences. Miami and Dallas remained at Nos. 3 and 4.
Chicago and Orlando jumped up a spot to 5 and 6, pushing the reeling Lakers to No. 7. Los Angeles entered the break having lost three in a row.
Oklahoma City and Memphis stayed at Nos. 8 and 10 while Portland jumped three spots and into the top 10 at No. 9. The Trail Blazers are all about streaks coming out of the break. They won six in a row to get to the mini-vacation, lost four of five before that and won five in a row before that. Guard Brandon Roy (knees) is reportedly scheduled to come back to the lineup soon.
Oklahoma City runs the top-10 gauntlet this week. The Thunder travel to San Antonio Wednesday, Orlando on Friday and play host to the Lakers on Sunday.
The Lakers play host to Portland Wednesday night; on Sunday, the Trail Blazers take on an Atlanta team they knocked out of the top 10 this week and into 11th.
The only All-Eastern Conference top-10 tilt comes Thursday night when Chicago plays host to Miami.
Athlon Sports NBA Power Rankings Week 18
1. San Antonio
8. Oklahoma City
12. New Orleans
17. New York
18. Golden State
25. New Jersey
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter