NBA Power Rankings – Marc Stein’s Week 19 rankings

The Golden State Warriors just became the first team to clinch an NBA playoff berth as early as Feb. 25 since the 1985-86 Boston Celtics.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, just watched their closest pursuer in the Eastern Conference standings stand pat at the NBA trade deadline while they strengthened their own roster.

It’s the Warriors and Cavs, then, sitting in the top two spots in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings. With each passing day, it looks more and more like they’re headed for a third straight showdown in the NBA Finals.

The San Antonio Spurs looked quite good on their annual Rodeo Road Trip, as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing February after February, but the Committee (of One) felt compelled to bump the Cavs back up into the top two alongside the Warriors to reflect how good Cleveland’s month has been after what LeBron James memorably described last month as a “s—ty 2017 so far.”

Deadline-day trades influenced many of this week’s other notable moves, with Toronto…

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