Mar 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) sits on the scorer

NBA Power Rankings: Clippers Remain Near the Top

Post the trade deadline, it’s not often that going 2-1 over the week isn’t the highlight.

Instead the NBA world is raging on about how the Clippers managed to improve their roster without having to take on a crazy amount of salary and without sending out quality talent to do so. That’s the bright side of buyout season and the Clips seemed to have nailed it by grabbing both Danny Granger and Glen Davis in the fallout of the NBA trade deadline. This is the story line that fans and analysts will be paying attention to in the coming weeks. Can Glen Davis fortify a reserve lineup that was looked at as the Clippers biggest weakness? Can Danny Granger get back to being his old self with the Clippers after struggling with the Indiana Pacers as he’s dealing with a combination of rust and injury? Will Granger be the team’s starting small forward by seasons end? Those are questions asked and we’ll have answers soon as the next week is upon us.

Here are how the Clippers fared in this week’s power rankings:

This Week: 4th
Last Week: 6th

The Clippers’ improved defensive numbers since Chris Paul’s return are skewed by games against the Sixers and Pelicans in which they held two bad teams under 80 points. But they held Houston under a point per possession on Wednesday, keeping James Harden from getting all the way to the basket (with Matt Barnes doing most of the work). Only three of his 16 shots came in the restricted area.

CBS Sports

This Week: 2nd
Last Week: 4th

Big Baby gonna turn it up.

SB Nation

This Week: 5th
Last Week: 6th

In a battle of elite big men, it was Blake Griffin who came out on top against Dwight Howard in a 101-93 Clippers victory last Wednesday. Griffin had 23 points and 16 rebounds in the win, one of four straight for L.A.

Yahoo! Sports

This Week: 6th
Last Week: 6th

Ex-Clippers forward Antawn Jamison is working out in his hometown of Charlotte in hope of being signed by a team.

Fox Sports

This Week: 7th
Last Week: 5th

Glen Davis is the absolute perfect fit for the Clippers. He’s Doc Rivers-tested with 69 games of playoff experience plus a championship. He’s got the bruising attitude the Clippers needed last season when they bowed out to the Grizzlies. This was a fantastic move as LA looks to gain more traction toward a title.

USA Today

This Week: 5th
Last Week:  6th

Danny Granger surely would like a Clippers-Pacers Finals and would get a ring either way.

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