NBA Power Rankings: Week Nine

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Dec 28, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) puts up a shot on Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) as center Robin Lopez (42) and point guard Damian Lillard (0) look on during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Heat won the game 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

After taking a week off over the holiday period, the power rankings are back. The Christmas Day games that are supposed to be the league’s coming out party every season for the casual fan with the NFL season approaching its conclusion were a massive let down with too many blowouts and hours of bad basketball.

We’ve also been handed another round of season-defining injuries: Russell Westbrook has undergone a third knee surgery in seven months to address swelling, Kobe Bryant is out after suffering a knee injury just six games into his comeback from an Achilles’ tear and Atlanta’s Al Horford is out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle. Whatever we did, basketball gods, we apologize.

All records and statistics are correct as of Monday December 30th 2013, exlcuding Monday’s games

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