Feb. 24 -- Welcome to NBA.com's 16th Power Rankings of 2004-05. Please note that these rankings are the view of one humble Click and Roll scribe and are not "official" rankings. Have a comment? Let us know.

Lots of things changed since our last Power Rankings on Feb. 16. Chris Webber's been traded to the Sixers. Shaquille O'Neal tweaked his knee. The Mavs went 5-0 on a five-game trip. We had quite an All-Star Weekend.

No mail this week. I'm girding myself for next week. So, on to the Rankings!

High jump of the week: Spurs, Cavs, Pacers (+3)
Free fall of the week: Heat, Magic (-3)

TEAM (LAST WK) REC. BREAKDOWN
1
San Antonio (4)
42-12
See, I told you the Spurs wouldn't be down for long. The 18-point thrashing of the sizzling hot Rockets was more than impressive, it served notice to everyone else in the league.
2
Phoenix (1)
42-13
I would have kept Phoenix at the top, but they've had their difficulties against some of top teams lately (losing to Dallas at home before the break, and Seattle on Feb. 11).
3
Dallas (5)
36-16
Yikes! Mavs fans were right. That's quite a 5-0 road trip you just completed, the best in team history. Now you get another crack at the Kings and the Suns this weekend.
4
Seattle (3)
37-15
Would have moved Seattle into the top three, but a loss to Golden State just before the break hurt. Two straight wins to start the second half were nice. Big question: Will Ray stay?
5
Miami (2)
40-16
Sorry, Heat fans and "Heatians," as Shaq calls them. The Big Fella gets hurt and Miami drops two in a row, despite Wade's brilliance. Like I said last week: It's tough at the top.
6
Detroit (7)
33-19
The Pistons are hot at the right time -- they've won nine of last 10 -- and could move into the top five with a good week. It'll be tough -- a six-game West Coast swing looms.
7
Cleveland (10)
31-21
After a brief omission, Z showed up in the Rankings and the All-Star Game where his 12 points and seven boards had him in MVP contention. Nice win over Bulls coming out of the break.
8
Houston (6)
32-23
Why the two-position drop? Two losses to two of the better teams in the West (Seattle on Tuesday, S.A. on Wednesday) show they still have some work to do.
9
Washington (11)
31-22
Had eight days off after 30-point debacle against the Rockets. Result? A nice win over the Grizzlies on Wed. Bonus: Arenas and Jamison played a combined 28 minutes in the All-Star Game.
10
Sacramento (8)
34-20
C-Webb in Philly and see Peja's face light up? According to the Sacramento Bee the Kings were 38-31 with C-Webb and 51-16 without. Maybe it's a move that helps both teams.
11
Memphis (9)
30-24
Have lost three in a row, including a 93-83 defeat to the Wizards coming out of the break. Have averaged only 81.3 points per in those losses. Time to pick it up, Grizz.
12
L.A. Lakers (14)
28-24
Kobe's still scorching hot and he's got the Lakers with him. He's been back for three games and the Lakers have three wins. Get their mettle tested against Pistons on Feb. 25.
13
Chicago (13)
27-24
Had a four-game win streak going into the break and then beat Miami on Tue. to make it five. But nine-point loss to Cavs on Wednesday brought them back to earth.
14
Indiana (17)
27-26
Don't look now, but the Pacers are on the move with four straight wins, including a gritty win over a Shaq-less Heat team on Wednesday.
15
Orlando (12)
28-25
Got smacked by resurgent Pacers by 24 in first game out of the break. That's not how you want to start the second half. Will they avoid Shaq in back-to-back games with Heat this weekend?
16
Philadelphia (15)
26-27
Whoa, Billy King. Big ups to you for nabbing C-Webb to play along side The Answer. Also, kudos for getting Rodney Rogers for Big Dog. Sixers should be Atlantic faves now.
17
Minnesota (18)
27-27
McHale's won his last two games, but Wolves head West for three road games. Feb. 24 game in L.A. against Clippers is Wolves' first game since All-Star break.
18
Boston (16)
27-28
Lost three of their last four and are currently 0-2 on four-game road trip and Suns are on the horizon. Should be better when they get back to Boston, right? Nope, they get the Lakers.
19
Denver (19)
25-29
Went 2-3 on a five-game trip before the break (which included losses to the Nets and the Bobcats). Beat Celts at home on Wed. but head right back on the road for two this weekend.
20
Milwaukee (22)
22-30
Two nice wins coming out of A-S break. Strange but true: Ray Allen to make first Bradley Center appearance since he was shipped to Seattle on Feb. 27, 2004.
21
New Jersey (20)
23-32
Suffered two ugly losses since the break: An 18-point home loss to the Raptors and a 19-point road loss to the Bucks. They need to play with urgency if they want to make the playoffs.
22
L.A. Clippers (21)
23-31
Now on an epic eight-game losing streak after getting paddled in Phoenix on Wednesday night. They play at the STAPLES Center for the first time since Jan. and they get the Wolves. Nice.
23
Portland (23)
21-31
Have lost five of their last six and they haven't scored more than 87 points in a game during that stretch. The next four are at home, though, so that could help.
24
Toronto (24)
22-32
The Raptors met Vince on his new home turf and got the win ... Bosh had a great showing in the Rookie Challenge and was considered for the game's MVP.
25
New York (25)
21-33
Were trounced by Pistons coming out of the All-Star Break and get the Sixers, Pacers and Lakers this week -- all at home. Isiah hasn't been able to pull off a deal before the deadline.
26
Utah (26)
17-36
Losers of three in a row, the Jazz don't have much time to turn it around (if they can). Four-game grind this week includes Celtics, Rockets and Clippers.
27
Golden State (27)
16-38
Trumped Seattle before the break and grounded the Hawks immediately after it. Should find the going rougher with the Pistons coming to town on Feb. 27.
28
New Orleans (28)
11-43
J.R. Smith, when you impress Allen Iverson in the dunk contest, you've done something right. That behind the back flush was an instant classic. Nuggets and Sonics this week. Yikes!
29
Charlotte (30)
11-40
Nice win over Denver going into the break, ugly loss to Milwaukee coming out of it. And it's not easy in the next week, with Nets, Bulls and Kings on the horizon.
30
Atlanta (29)
10-43
I would like to personally thank Josh Smith for making the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest one to remember. Now, let's hope he can be as dazzling the rest of the way.