PLAYA VISTA – Of all the things Chris Paul does well, gauging the temperature of the team and his role within its offense is likely at the top of the list.

He is a perennial MVP candidate for a reason, so when he gazed out at a group of reporters Wednesday night at Staples Center and said, “A lot of guys have been telling me I need to be more aggressive; that I’ve been letting guys off the hook” it carried weight.

Here is the second regular season installment of monthly power rankings. The Clippers have put together a string of wins over the last week, taking advantage of a home-heavy schedule of late. See below for their ranking as compared to the other 29 teams in the league. I would love to read your comments on Twitter (@ericpatten) or in the comments section at the bottom of these rankings.