SB Nation's NBA power rankings, released Tuesday morning, feature exactly one Los Angeles basketball team ranked in the top 15. (See if you can guess which one -- yeah, never mind.) Despite a couple nasty spills this month, the Lakers still hold the No. 4 spot:â†µ
L.A.'s February road trip turned sour in a hurry with back-to-back blow-out losses in Orlando and Charlotte. Meanwhile, the Spurs continue to win and pull away, and even the Mavericks have catapulted over L.A. The West won't be the cakewalk it was last year.
Meanwhile, the Clips languish down in the No. 21 slot:â†µ
As expected, the road has not been kind to the Clippers. Getting a win at Minnesota Wednesday is vital. If they don't, the Clippers might not win again until mid-March.â†µ