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Miami jumps to No. 1 in The Times' NBA rankings

Lakers move up a spot to No. 4.

February 12, 2011|By Mark Heisler
  • LeBron James and the Heat are looking up at no one this week -- they are the top team in The Times' NBA rankings.
LeBron James and the Heat are looking up at no one this week -- they are the… (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images )

HEAT CHECK

1. MIAMI (39-14) Riley's Runts go 30-6, with one of Big Three out in three of the losses. (3)

2. SAN ANTONIO (45-9) Forget Lakers and Mavericks. The closest beast in the East is 5½ back. (1)

3. BOSTON (38-14) Rivers said he wanted home court over Lakers, forgot about Spurs. (2)

4. LAKERS (38-16) Win in Boston shows this works -- if Kobe, Pau, 'Drew get 59-24-9. (5)

5. DALLAS (38-16) Of course, if they're No. 2 in the West, stick a fork in Lakers. (4)

6. CHICAGO (36-16) Won 27 of 35, flying lower than Slim Pickens in "Dr. Strangelove." (6)

TWO ROUNDS WOULD BE NICE

7. OKLAHOMA CITY (34-18) On 53-win pace but No. 21 in defense, down from No. 11 last season. (7)

8. ORLANDO (34-21) Not a good sign if Hornets, who lost six of seven, beat you at home. (9)

9. ATLANTA (33-20) Not a good sign when Bobcats, who just went 2-6, win at your place. (8)

10. NEW ORLEANS (33-23) Where's Emeka? Hornets 2-5 without Okafor, out 1-2 more weeks. (10)

YOU STILL HERE?

11. DENVER (31-23) "SportsCenter" at DEFCON 1: Now Anthony says he may re-sign. (11)

12. MEMPHIS (29-26) After Mayo, Xavier Henry, Tony Allen, 10-5 with Sam Young starting. (12)

13. PHILADELPHIA (26-28) They're a real team now: 23-15 since 3-13 start, just beat Spurs. (16)

14. PORTLAND (29-24) Is this III or IV? Supposedly out for the season, Roy coming back. (14)

15. PHOENIX (26-25) Came from 15 down in Utah to beat no-longer-playoff-lock Jazz. (17)

16. UTAH (31-24) Just lost 11 of 15 and their icon. 2012 free agent D-Will, anyone? (13)

17. NEW YORK (27-26) With Dolan/Isiah farce, Stern reportedly urges keeping Walsh. (15)

18. INDIANA (24-28) This was Mike Brown's job -- till interim Coach Frank Vogel went 7-1. (21)

19. HOUSTON (25-30) Even Melo looks good: Great supporting cast just needs a star. (18)

20. DETROIT (20-34) Real surprise: 13-12 starting T-Mac? Or T-Mac making 25 starts? (23)

21. GOLDEN STATE (23-29) With new owner hoping for 28-27 at break, Smart needs big finish. (20)

GLUB, GLUB, GLUB

22. MILWAUKEE (20-33) Skiles gets guys to play hard but isn't much as a healer. (24)

23. CHARLOTTE (23-31) Not a good sign when Nets, 4-23 on road, win at your place. (22)

24. CLIPPERS (20-33) Second-half push takes a memorable night off in Cleveland. (19)

25. NEW JERSEY (17-38) What rivalry? Just lost at home to Knicks without Stoudemire. (26)

26. WASHINGTON (14-38) This will be good: Four of next five are on road, where they're 0-25. (27)

27. MINNESOTA (13-41) Hottest in NBA, for two days: Beat Hornets and Rockets back to back. (29)

28. SACRAMENTO (12-38) Cousins gets 96 points, 57 rebounds, one ejection in five games. (25)

29. TORONTO (14-40) Like last season, only without Bosh: 6-29 since 8-11 start. (28)

30. CLEVELAND (9-45) Byron Scott reportedly "in trouble?" Trouble is having to stay. (30)

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