May 7, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) on the bench late during the second half of game four in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spurs defeated the Jazz 87-81 to sweep Utah and win the series. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoff Power Rankings

With just eight teams left, I wanted to throw out how I would rank them in order of best to not so best.  Each round, depending on how teams do, I’ll re-rank based on performance.  After the first round, this is where I would put all eight teams.

1. San Antonio Spurs-  Top seed in the West and made easy work of the Utah Jazz

2. Oklahoma City Thunder-  Defeated the defending champs, Mavericks, in a sweep

3.  Miami Heat- Other than one game, no problems with the New York Knicks

4.  Indiana Pacers-  Lost the first game, but then won the next four to get the series win

5.  Boston Celtics-  Little bit of trouble with Atlanta, but still got the job done in 6 games

6.  Philadelphia 76ers-  Beat a Derrick Rose-less Bulls team, but beat them none the less

7.  Los Angeles Clippers/Lakers-  Both LA teams got in a best of seven that lasted seven games, and did just enough to get the series wins

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