The Cavaliers are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and after a blowout loss in Denver, LeBron James went public in questioning his team's toughness. The Warriors, meanwhile, appear to be righting the ship as Kevin Durant's return looms, while the bottom of the league-wide standings are a complete dumpster fire thanks to the tanking that's firmly in place.
Here's our latest look at the NBA from top to bottom with just three weeks remaining in the regular season.
Phoenix Suns (previous ranking: 27)
The bottom four teams in the league are all tanking to some degree and could really appear here in any order as the regular season comes to a close. The Suns have shut down Eric Bledsoe and earned the honor of league-worst this week, thanks to their history-making loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
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Brooklyn Nets (28)
Hey, the Nets have won two straight! And they're still a league-worst 15-56 on the season.
The Lakers have lost 14 of their last 15 by design, but at least D'Angelo Russell showed a flash of what he might become in a 40-point performance against the Cavs.
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Orlando Magic (25)
There have been rumblings that GM Rob Hennigan (left) could be relieved of his duties this summer, and it'll be because of deals like the one he made for Serge Ibaka, who was then sent to Toronto after less than a full season.
Sacramento Kings (23)
The Kings have lost three straight, but Buddy Hield is 16-of-30 from the field over his last two games. Sometimes it's good to play the young guys while finishing out (another) lost season.
Chicago Bulls (22)
The Bulls are just a game behind the Heat for the eighth seed in the East, but Miami has been one of the best teams in the league in the second half of the season, while Dwyane Wade's injury should make it difficult for Chicago to earn enough wins to sneak in.
New York Knicks (24)
The triangle offense will never die as long as Phil Jackson is team president, and neither will the incessant stories about it from the team's horde of beat writers. The latest news is that Hornacek will go full triangle next season and that players who don't buy in (like free-agent-to-be Derrick Rose, for example) should plan on playing somewhere else.
Charlotte Hornets (21)
Kemba Walker has averaged more than 24 points per game since the All-Star break, but it hasn't been enough to drag a disappointing Hornets team back into playoff contention.
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Minnesota Timberwolves (17)
The good news: Ricky Rubio might finally have turned the corner.
The bad news: The Timberwolves drafted Kris Dunn last summer because they didn't believe it was going to happen.
Dallas Mavericks (20)
The Mavs are three games out of a playoff spot, but even if they miss the postseason for just the second time in 16 years, they may have found a nice piece for the future in Nerlens Noel. In his first 11 games in Dallas, the former Sixers big man is averaging 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 23.5 minutes per contest.
“Right now, we don’t have a lot of life in us, and we got to find some by Friday. It’s just not one position, either. We’re just not playing. We’re not. We’re just bad all the way around.”
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Atlanta Hawks (15)
After five straight losses thanks in part to injuries suffered by Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore, the fifth seed in the East is officially up for grabs. Just 3.5 games separate the Hawks from the five teams below them in the standings.
Indiana Pacers (16)
The Pacers have alternated wins and losses in their last 14 straight games.
It's tough to find a way to care about a Grizzlies team that we know has a zero percent chance of beating the Spurs, Warriors or Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans (26)
The Pelicans have won three straight over decent teams like the Grizzlies, Rockets and (surging) Timberwolves, and it's because DeMarcus Cousins has finally regained his All-Star form. There have been rumblings that head coach Alvin Gentry needed the team to show some progress by year's end in order to return next season, and it looks like it may come through.
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Denver Nuggets (14)
Denver's blowout win over the Cavaliers this week irritated LeBron James significantly, and if the Nuggets can find a way to play with that type of energy more consistently, they just might be able to hold off the surging Blazers for the final playoff spot in the West.
Portland Trail Blazers (18)
Damian Lillard really doesn't want to miss the playoffs, and after going on a personal tear to lead the Blazers to wins in seven of their last 10, Portland is just a game behind Denver for the eighth seed in the West.
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Milwaukee Bucks (13)
Miwaukee's late-season surge continues. A Bucks team that was out of the playoff picture entirely a week ago now finds itself a game behind the Hawks for the fifth seed in the East, and they figure to be an extremely tough out no matter who they face in the first round.
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Miami Heat (11)
The Heat have been one of the better stories in the second half of the season, surging into playoff contention after starting the year looking completely lost. But despite the recent turnaround, Miami is still two games under .500 and barely clinging to the eighth seed in the East. The good news? Teams like the Pistons and Bulls seem incapable of catching up.
Los Angeles Clippers (9)
L.A. is just 5-5 in its last 10 games, and if the Clippers don't figure things out soon, they'll be on the road in the first round of the playoffs against a Jazz team that ranks third in the league in defensive efficiency.
Not great, considering that could mean another early exit in advance of a summer when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will both become unrestricted free agents.
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Oklahoma City Thunder (6)
Is Russell Westbrook the MVP? No, no he's not. He is a one-man team, however, which is why the Thunder will be unceremoniously bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
(Setting aside all of that, Westbrook really has been incredible this season.)
Toronto Raptors (9)
After four straight wins, the Raptors are now 10-5 since Kyle Lowry went down with a wrist injury. It'll still be a long shot for Toronto to go very far in the playoffs without him, but the fact that they've strung together some wins is certainly an encouraging sign.
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Washington Wizards (8)
The Wizards have been one of the league's best teams since just before the All-Star break, and even though they're on a slide where they've dropped four of their last six, they're still in line to finish with a top-four seed in the East, and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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Cleveland Cavaliers (4)
Is it time to worry about the Cavaliers? LeBron James questioned his team's toughness after a blowout loss in Denver, and Cleveland has dropped eight of its last 14.
The real issue is on the defensive end, where the Cavaliers rank just 22nd in the league. No team has won a championship with a ranking that low since the Lakers did it at 19th in 2001.
Utah Jazz (5)
The Jazz can clinch a playoff spot if the Nuggets lose to the Pacers on Friday, which would be big news in Utah for a team that's missed the postseason for four straight years.
But did you know he also gets fouled on three-point attempts more than any NBA team? It's true.
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San Antonio Spurs (2)
The Spurs are two games back of the Warriors for the top seed in the playoffs and hold the tie-breaker should the teams finish with identical records.
Wednesday's home game against Golden State could help San Antonio significantly.
Boston Celtics (3)
Thanks to the Cavaliers' recent slide and Isaiah Thomas returning from a brief injury-related absence, the Celtics are just one game back of Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the East.
We still don't think it'll be enough to even push the Cavaliers to a seven-game series, but if Boston does finish with the best record in the East, it will certainly be viewed as an incredible accomplishment.
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Golden State Warriors (7)
The Warriors have won their last four games by an average of 24 points, and Kevin Durant is looking like he'll be ready to return sooner rather than later. After finally undergoing some regular-season adversity, things are beginning to look up for the Warriors at exactly the right time.