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Blazers Hold Steady In NBA Power Rankings

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Here's your latest round up of NBA Power Rankings updates. The Portland Trail Blazers are 25-28, good for fourth in the Northwest Division and 11th overall in the Western Conference. Portland went 2-2 last week.

Marc Stein, Blazers are No. 19 (21)

Are the Blazers for sale? Owner Paul Allen has adamantly denied it. Are the Blazers in full-on tank mode after trading away Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby? Hard to make that claim as hard as Portland played over the weekend in a one-point road loss to the Clips and a home rout over Oregon native K-Love's Wolves.

John Hollinger, Blazers are No. 21 (20)

John Schuhmann, Blazers are No. 20 (21)

J.J. Hickson is averaging 16 points on 65 percent shooting in six games as a Blazer. And not surprisingly, Portland has been great offensively and terrible defensively when he's been on the floor. They almost knocked off the Clippers on Friday and have the ability to play spoiler over the last few weeks.

Chris Sheridan, Blazers are No. 21 (21)

Johnny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet since Rockets trade: Combined 22 points in 77 minutes. J.J. Hickson in first start after waiver claim: 29 points (13-for-19 shooting) and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes vs. Clips, though Chris Paul keeps ball out of Jamal Crawford's hands for final shot of one-point loss.

Kurt Helin of Blazers are No. 21 (21)

They started out just terribly after the All-Star Break but have turned it around some of late thanks to... J.J. Hickson? In part. He's shooting 65 percent since coming to Portland.

Jeff Sagarin, USA Today: Blazers are No. 17 (16)

John Hollinger's Playoff Odds...

  • Portland has a 7.6 percent chance (down from 14.9 percent last week) to make the playoffs
  • Portland has a 0 percent chance to win the Northwest Division's Playoff Odds...

  • Portland has a 21.6 percent chance to make the playoffs

John Hollinger of's advanced stat team rankings...

  • No. 8 in Offensive Efficiency (up fron No. 15 last week)
  • No. 15 in Defensive Efficiency (same as last week)
  • No. 18 in Pace (down from No. 16 last week)
  • No. 20 in Rebound Rate (up from No. 22 last week)
John Hollinger of's PER positional rankings...
  • Raymond Felton -- No. 45 among point guards (up from No. 46)
  • Wesley Matthews -- No. 31 among shooting guards (up from No. 32)
  • Jamal Crawford -- No. 19 among shooting guards (down from No. 17)
  • Nicolas Batum -- No. 8 among small forwards (same as last week)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge -- No. 3 among power forwards (up from No. 5 last week)
  • Kurt Thomas -- No. 52 among centers (same as last week)

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter