6. Los Angeles Clippers

Record: 20 - 11
Last Week's Rank: 6
Last Week's Results: L @ Golden State 97-104, (Mon); W vs. Denver 103-95, (Wed)
This Week: vs. Minnesota, Tuesday (2/28); @ Sacramento, Thursday (3/1); @ Phoenix, Friday (3/2); @ Houston, Sunday (3/4)

The Clippers went 1-1 in their short week heading into the All-Star break giving themselves a 1.5 game lead over the Lakers in the Pacific. At the beginning of the season, many were skeptical as to whether the Clippers would be a legit contender or just a flashy team full of highlight reel material and they've proven to be both thus far. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul put on for their city and conference in the All-Star game with CP3 racking up 12 assists and Blake Griffin going 9-12 for 22 points in the West's victory over the East. It's back to grind time now though as the Lob City crew will play 20 games over 31 days in March. —Ralph Warner