9. Los Angeles Clippers

Record: 9 - 5
Last Week's Rank: 6
Last Week's Results: W vs. New Jersey 101-91, (Mon); L @ Utah 79-108, (Tue); W vs. Dallas 91-89, (Wed); L vs. Minnesota 98-101, (Fri); W vs Toronto 103-91, (Sun)
This Week: @ LA Lakers, Wednesday (1/25); vs. Memphis, Thursday (1/26); @ Denver, Sunday (1/29)

Even though they didn't have Chris Paul the entire week, the Clippers didn't fall off too much as they went 3-2 and maintained their position atop the Pacific division. Their losses came in a poor showing in Utah where they got routed by 29 and a nail-biter versus Minnesota who won thanks to a buzzer-beater by Kevin Love. Since victories over lower-tier teams like New Jersey and Toronto don't mean much, the highlight of the week came when L.A. beat the Mavericks in Dallas on Wednesday. In that game, Chauncey Billups lived up to his Mr. Big Shot moniker by scoring 21 points including the game-winning three pointer. CP3 is still listed as day-to-day with his sore hamstring but with Billups at the helm, Lob City should be OK for the time being. Wait, sore hamstring? Paul is the one who's 26, not 35--right? —Ralph Warner