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PK's NBA Top 15 for week of April 16:

  1. San Antonio - Since March 1, the Spurs have gone 18-5 – or 18-4 not counting the game in which their three best players didn’t play. Last week: 1.
  2. Oklahoma City - Since beating Chicago on April 1, the Thunder have gone 4-4. All the wins have come against teams with losing records and all the losses have come against teams with winning records. Last week: 3.
  3. Chicago - Since returning from his latest injury, Derrick Rose has shot 10 of 35 from the field. No wonder the Bulls needed overtime to win both games. Last week: 4.
  4. Miami - The bench is better, but it still comes down to the Big Three. In the win at New York, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade combined for 78.5 percent of the team’s points, the highest percentage this season. Last week: 2.
  5. Lakers - Since Kobe Bryant has gone out injured, the Lakers are 4-1. During this time Andrew Bynum has averaged 22 points and 16.6 rebounds. Last week: 5.
  6. Indiana - A five-game losing streak in February and a four-game losing streak in March have given way to an 8-1 record in April. Last week: 7.
  7. Clippers - Since enduring a three-game losing streak, the Clippers have gone 11-2, with the only losses coming to the Lakers and at Memphis. Last week: 8.
  8. Boston - Doc Rivers went Gregg Popovich on the Celtics. With the team playing the third game in three days, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett didn’t even make the trip. But the destination was Charlotte, so it didn’t matter. Last week: 9.
  9. Memphis - Playing on consecutive nights doesn’t work for the Grizzlies. All three losses this month have come on the second night of a back-to-back set. Last week: 6.
  10. Dallas - The Mavericks are 5-5 in their last 10 games. But they can’t blame it on Lamar Odom anymore. Last week: 10.
  11. Atlanta - Playing for homecourt in the first round of the playoffs, the Hawks lost at home to a Toronto team that has three players on a 10-day contract. Last week: 11.
  12. Denver - The final stretch shouldn’t be easy. The Nuggets play four road games and have two back-to-back sets. Last week: 15.
  13. Houston - The Rockets followed up a four-game road winning streak by losing to the Jazz and Phoenix at home and then lost another at Denver. Last week: 13.
  14. Orlando - Even when things go well the Magic still manage to find bad. Breaking a two-game losing streak, they beat Cleveland but lost Glenn Davis to a sprained knee. Last week: 12.
  15. Philadelphia - The late-season spiral continues. The Sixers have lost five of seven games and close the season with five consecutive road games. Last week: 14.

    The Next Three:

  1. Phoenix - Alvin Gentry deserves plaudits for keeping this mix of old-timers and role players in the playoff mix for this long.
  2. Utah - One step forward, two steps back and then a jump is enough to make the crazies go bonkers.
  3. New York - No team has had a more bizarre season, maybe in the league’s history.