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NBA D-League Power Rankings, February 22, 2011

by Matthew Brennan, NBA

February 22, 2011: The Power Rankings are back after the All-Star Break, which saw a weekend of exciting NBA D-League events in Los Angeles. Now the focus turns on the race for the eight spots in the NBA D-League playoffs, which get underway shortly after the regular season ends on April 2. The Erie BayHawks, winners of eight straight, take over the top spot this week. They currently have the league's best record and lead the Eastern Conference.

The BayHawks return to action on Thursday against Tulsa with a league-high eight-game winning streak. They have also taken over first-place in the Eastern Conference and hold the league's best record with a .719 winning percentage. All-Star guard Garrett Temple is back with the team after two ten-day contracts with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Energy fell in Sioux Falls last Tuesday night, ending a five-game winning streak. They'll to avenge the loss and add to their league-high 25 victories when the Skyforce visit Des Moines on Thursday and Friday. Center Courtney Sims earned his second NBA D-League All-Star MVP award after scoring 25 points on Saturday.
The 66ers ended a three-game slide when they blew out Sioux Falls on Wednesday. They return to action on Thursday with a game against red-hot Erie to begin a three-game homestand. Larry Owens represented the 66ers with 12 points in Saturday's All-Star Game.
The Bighorns have been off since last Saturday, and will not return to action until Friday in Utah with a seven-game winning streak on the line. Marcus Landry had a solid performance in the All-Star Game, finishing with 18 points.
The Vipers return to action at Texas on Tuesday and will hope to end a two-game losing streak. Former Duke guard Jon Scheyer will make his NBA D-League debut for the team on Tuesday. He joins Austin's Lance Thomas as members of last year's NCAA championship team on an NBA D-League roster.
The Jam fell in Idaho last Wednesday to end a five-game winning streak. They'll return to Boise on Friday for two more games against the Stampede. Clippers guard Willie Warren was recalled back to Los Angeles after averaging 21.0 points and 7.0 assists in six games.
The Flash extended their winning streak to five games with a victory in Idaho on Monday. They host Reno on Friday before visiting the Bighorns on Sunday afternoon. Orien Greene, back from the Nets, scored five points in Saturday's All-Star Game.
The Legends defeated Austin on Monday to snap a four-game losing streak. They continue a rugged schedule this week with Rio Grande Valley and Erie visiting before a trip to Tulsa. Guard Booker Woodfox won his second three-point shootout title this season with a win on Dream Factory Friday in Los Angeles.
The Stampede's four-game winning streak ended with a narrow loss in Utah on Monday night. They'll return home to face Bakersfield after already defeating the Jam in Boise last Wednesday. Rookie guard Armon Johnson was recalled on Tuesday after averaging 18.2 points in nine NBA D-League games.
The Red Claws play eight of their next nine games at home starting this week with two visits from Rio Grande Valley. 11 of their 14 wins this season have come at home, so it will be a good opportunity to move up in the standings and make a run at a playoff berth.
The Toros will return home to face New Mexico later this week after falling in Texas on Monday night. Center Marcus Cousin was one of the top players at the All-Star Game with 19 points on 8-10 shooting.
The Mad Ants will try to snap a three-game losing streak when Springfield visits for two games on Wednesday and Thursday. Bucks forward Larry Sanders, the 15th pick in the NBA Draft, will make his debut on assignment against the Armor.
Losers of four straight, the Wizards host Fort Wayne on Saturday and Sunday. Center Chris Johnson scored ten points off the bench in Saturday's All-Star Game and finished second in the Dunk Contest.
The Thunderbirds will try to get back on the winning track in Austin on Thursday after losing their last six games. Guard Dar Tucker had a big weekend in Los Angeles, winning his second straight NBA D-League Slam Dunk competition.
1-5 in February, the Armor's first game of two in Fort Wayne on Tuesday was pushed back a day to Wednesday. They'll then return home to host Rio Grande Valley on Saturday. Scottie Reynolds was named to the East All-Star team as a replacement and scored nine points.
Half of the Skyforce' six victories have come in February, including an upset of Iowa last Tuesday. They will be challenged to add more wins to the total with trips to Iowa and Tulsa on this week's schedule. Miami center Dexter Pittman was recalled due to a knee injury that will sideline him for a few weeks.