NBA Power Rankings: Week 17

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Feb 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James congratulates point guard Mario Chalmers (15) in the second half of a game against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena.The Heat won 93-79. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

1. Miami Heat (40-14)

It’s really a testament to LeBron’s sustained excellence that he won’t win the MVP trophy again this season. Like Jordan didn’t win it every season he played, LeBron won’t either thanks to voter fatigue.

2. Indiana Pacers (42-13)

I’m staying firmly on the fence regarding the Turner-for-Granger swap. Turner adds some bench scoring but there’s a risk he was putting up numbers on a bad team. Feel for Granger, who worked hard and was essentially punted to the roadside.

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