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2012 NBA power rankings: Clippers rising, Lakers rebounding

The Clippers continue to rise in most NBA Power Rankings, while the Lakers have rebounded from a horrible start to make a rise of their own.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Clippers, who have posted a team-record six straight 100-point games and won three consecutive games, have jumped up one spot to No. 4 in Marc Stein's Power Rankings for ESPN.com. CBSSports.com has the 5-2 Clippers making a huge jump this week, up 11 spots to No. 6 in their rankings.

The Clippers slid a bit in Pro Basketball Talk's rankings, dropping two spots to No. 6, as Kurt Helin questions the team's consistency and defense with a tough stretch of games on the horizon. SB Nation's own Seth Rosenthal has the Clippers slotted at No. 4 and lauds the strength of the team's bench.

The Los Angeles Lakers appear to have rebounded from a dismal 1-4 start, not only on the court and in the coaching ranks, but in most Power Rankings as well. Stein has them up five spots to No. 10, while Moore slotted them at No. 19 – a four spot rise. Pro Basketball Talk has the Lakers making a slight jump, up three spots to No. 11, and Rosenthal has Mike D'Antoni's new team at a middling No. 16.