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Thunder and Clippers hold down the top two spots once again.

January 19, 2013|By Ben Bolch
  • Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin, Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder remain at the top of The Times' NBA rankings.
Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin, Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and the… (Matt York / Associated Press )

BIGFOOT’S LAIR

1. OKLAHOMA CITY (32-8)     Playing Clippers before Lakers this week is like taking on varsity before the JV. (1)

2. CLIPPERS (32-9)
Paul, Griffin to Lakers counterparts at All-Star Game: “Funny seeing you here.” (2)

3. MIAMI (26-12)     LeBron James leaves rest of NBA feeling 20,000 leagues under the sea. (4)

4. SAN ANTONIO (32-11)     It’s hard to beat Spurs with that beast in the frontcourt. You know, Tiago Splitter. (3)

UNICORNS FROLICKING IN THE BROOK

5. NEW YORK (25-13)     Knicks polish off afternoon tea before scarfing down Pistons in London. (5)

6. GOLDEN STATE (24-15)     Team policy of muffling injured players has Lane Kiffin’s seal of approval. (6)

7. MEMPHIS (26-13)    Focus can go back to ribs instead of ribbing after three-game losing streak ends. (7)

8. INDIANA (25-16)      Nowheresville team could have a pair of All-Stars in Paul George and David West. (8)

9. BROOKLYN (24-16)     Condolences to statistician Herb Turetzky, who worked 1,200th straight game. (13)

10. ATLANTA (22-18)      Lou Williams’ knee injury is anything but sweet for already shorthanded Hawks. (9)

A SPRINKLING OF FAIRY DUST

11. CHICAGO (23-16)      Fantasy players can continue to dream about Carlos Boozer blocking shots. (10)

12. DENVER (24-18)      Making only 68.1% of their free throws, Nuggets seek tips from Dwight Howard. (12)

13. HOUSTON (21-21)     You have multiple problems: A) Defense. B) Turnovers. C) Free throws. (11)

14. BOSTON (20-19)     No need for an SI players poll to know Kevin Garnett is one unpopular dude. (15)

15. PORTLAND (20-20)     Trail Blazers’ season quickly going from a feel-good story to never mind. (14)

PAGING SIDD FINCH

16. MILWAUKEE (21-18)     “Strange Brew” was still in dollar theaters last time Bucks won in Phoenix. (16)

17. UTAH (22-19)      As usual, Jazz find energy, solutions in a crowd-bolstered home win over Heat. (17)

18. LAKERS (17-22)     Coming off the bench regularly might turn power forward into Pout Gasol. (19)

19. MINNESOTA (17-20)     New slogan: Focused on the future (have you seen our past and present?). (18)

20. DALLAS (17-24)     Dirk Nowitzki’s shooting is so off he would leave a county fair empty-handed. (22)

21. PHILADELPHIA (17-23)     Andrew Bynum could return just in time to keep 76ers out of prime lottery spot. (20)

EVERY DAY IS A BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

22. TORONTO (14-26)     Raptors to NBA referees: We don’t need your help to lose games. (21)

23. ORLANDO (14-25)     Hoping schedule takes tougher turn after losing six straight to sub-.500 teams. (23)

24. DETROIT (14-25)     At least London trip moved Pistons closer to next tier of frequent-flier status. (24)

25. SACRAMENTO (16-25)     Maloofs running only slightly ahead of McCourts in poll of most reviled owners. (25)

26. NEW ORLEANS (13-27)     Eric Gordon proving to be worth the extended wait for surging Hornets. (26)

27. PHOENIX (13-28)     Yikes! Alvin Gentry had better winning percentage in final season with Clippers. (27)

28. CHARLOTTE (10-30)     Ten wins for this franchise is not so much a benchmark as a season’s work. (28)

29. CLEVELAND (10-32)     Luke Walton is less likely to return to Staples Center than Phil Jackson. (29)

IT’S COMPLICATED, LIKE MANTI TE’O’S RELATIONSHIP STATUS

30. WASHINGTON (8-30) Winning three of four games for Wizards does nothing but hurt lottery odds. (30)

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