1 Dallas (1)44- 9Barring any letdowns to the Heat, Nuggets, Hawks or Timberwolves, the Mavs could stroll into March on a 13-game win streak.
2 Phoenix (3)41-13Eric Piatkowski may have said it best, "As long as Superman stays healthy, we could win a championship."
3 Detroit (4)34-19Don't plan on seeing Rasheed Wallace Friday night. The Pistons outspoken big man sounded off one (or 15) too many times and gets an automatic one-game sitdown.
4 Utah (2)35-18You never want to suffer any injuries in an exhibition, but that's just what the Jazz got from Deron Williams' participation Friday. He sat Tuesday -- a loss.
5 San Antonio (7)37-18Manu Ginobili 24, Atlanta 23. Go ahead, watch all 24 points straight by the Spurs star.
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6 Houston (5)34-19Including Wednesday's win over Miami, the Rockets are 11-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.
7 Washington (8)30-21With Antawn shelved, the Wizards are fortunate Arenas didn't hurt himself horsing around Sunday. That said, if you missed his trampoline dunk, on NBA.com.
8 Toronto (9)29-25If the Raps want to prove they belong in the division lead, they'll have to do so beating the likes of San Antonio and Houston this week.
9 Cleveland (10)32-22The Cavs have held six of their last eight opponents to 90 or fewer points. They've also won six games during the span.
10 Miami (6)26-27Riley's return to the bench will do little for this team if Wade is sidelined for up to six weeks, as speculated when he left Wednesday's loss with a shoulder injury.
11 Chicago (12)30-25Despite sitting tied for third place in their division, the Bulls actually have the best in-division record among all Central teams.
12 Indiana (14)29-24Distractions aside, the Pacers have won three straight. They play the Raptors, Kings and Suns before the month's out.
13 L.A. Lakers (11)30-25No Phil Jackson-led team had ever dropped six straight games until his Lakers did just that, falling at home to Portland on Wednesday.
14 Denver (13)26-26Injury woes continue for the Nuggets, who will be without J.R. Smith for the next few weeks after arthroscopic surgery in his left knee.
15 NO/Okla City (17)26-29Chris Paul looks to be nearing his pre-injury form, averaging 16.2 points and 8.2 assists through the month of February.
16 Minnesota (16)25-29If the Wolves hope to play beyond April 18, they'd do well to pick up a few wins on their current homestand. Suns, Wiz, Mavs, Jazz and Lakers await.
17 Orlando (15)27-28The Magic get a second shot at Detroit on Friday, but this time in its own gym where Orlando is 18-10 (compared to 9-18 on the road).
18 New York (20)24-31Watching David Lee post double-doubles nightly and take MVP honors in Friday's Rookie Challenge, it's easy to see why the Knicks might hesitate to include him in any trades.
19 L.A. Clippers (18)25-29The break did nothing to snap the Clippers losing ways. The team has now dropped seven of the last eight.
20 Golden State (23)26-29J-Rich returned from a seven-week layoff to notch a double-double for the Warriors. His presence could help the Warriors stay in the playoff picture.
21 New Jersey (19)25-30At this point, it looks like the division could go to the Raptors regardless what happens with Kidd and Carter.
22 Sacramento (21)23-29The Kings tip off a four game road trip at Washington tonight. Stops at New Jersey, Indiana and Philly await.
23 Portland (24)24-32Believe it or not, the Blazers are a mere 2 1/2 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
24 Atlanta (22)21-33The Hawks have won four of six on the road in February. They play at Dallas and Oklahoma City this week.
25 Charlotte (25)21-33The Bobcats have won three straight and could add many more Ws if Adam Morrison continues to play like he did Wednesday in Minnesota.
26 Seattle (26)21-32The Sonics went 8-14 with Rashard Lewis sidelined; 3-1 since he returned, including three straight (and counting) wins.
27 Philadelphia (27)18-3615 of the Sixers' 18 wins have come when holding an opponent under 100 points.
28 Boston (29)13-40The Cs are 1-5 this season in road-road back-to-back sets. They visit the Lakers and Jazz on consecutive nights this weekend.
29 Memphis (28)14-42Memphis is the only team in the league yet to string together back-to-back wins this season.
30 Milwaukee (30)19-36Michael Redd seems to have shaken off the rust after a lengthy layoff, but the Bucks can't shake the Ls.


Suns Rise Once Again By Jeff Dengate from NBA.com
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