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NBA Power Rankings: Suns on top but heat climbing fast

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The corollary to that is a team in the top five on both ends is a title favorite, and right now only one team meets that mark – Phoenix. How can a team trail the Bucks by 39 at the half one night come back and be up 31 at the half on the Bulls the next night? That has been the inconsistent Warriors of late, and surprisingly the issue has been the offense – their 108.1 offensive rating the last 15 games is 25th in the league over that time. Part of the issue is they have been without Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso for some of those games, but this is concerning thinking ahead to playoff matchups and how teams can target weak links on the defensive end. Karl-Anthony Towns will be on the bubble for making the All-Star team as a reserve, but he’s earned it in my book averaging 24.5 points and 9.2 rebounds a game, and putting the Timberwolves on pace to make the play-in at least and likely the playoffs.

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