8. Los Angeles Clippers

Record: 11 - 6
Last Week's Rank: 9
Last Week's Results: L @ LA Lakers 91-96, (Wed); W vs. Memphis 98-91, (Thu); W @ Denver 109-105, (Sun)
This Week: vs. Oklahoma City, Monday (1/30); @ Utah, Wednesday (2/1); vs. Denver, Thursday (2/2); @ Washington, Saturday (2/4)

Consistency didn't seem like it'd be one of the points of strength for this young team at the beginning of the season, but CP3, Blake & Co. have proven doubters wrong in recent weeks. They've won 7 of their last 10 games to establish a lead over the Lakers in the Pacific Division and are currently third overall in the Western Conference standings. Yes, they did lose a close game to the Lake Show on Wednesday, as Chris Paul struggled in his first game back shooting 2 of 8 from the field for 4 points. But Paul bounced back to average 21.5 PPG and 7 assists over the next two games against Memphis and Denver (perhaps Pau Gasol got him a little fired up at the end of the Lakers game). The schedule this week seems like a tough one as they face contenders hovering around the top of the West. Oh yeah, and there's that game against Washington who've won three games over the last three weeks. Yikes. —Ralph Warner