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DIME HIT LIST: Mavs return to the top

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Teams are racing around the corner and heading for the straightaway. Find out who's ahead by a nose as they enter the stretch.

Hit List
29. Cleveland Cavs (Last Week #28) — Give the Cavs credit for having a plan (Operation LeBron) coming into the year and executing it to perfection.
28. Denver (Last Week #29) — The Nugs just endured a 14-game losing streak. We'll cut them some slack and let them wander out of the Hit List cellar.
27. Miami (Last Week #25) — Is there a more boring team to watch? We didn't think so.
26. LA (Last Week #26) — starts at power forward. What's the point when you're out of playoff contention and you have rookies like Wilcox and Ely languishing on the bench.
25. Chicago (Last Week #24) — The Chicken Twins, Tyson and Curry, each scored 20 points in the same game for the first time. There is hope for the future.
24. Atlanta (Last Week #23) — is done for the year. So are the . We should point out, however, that these events are mutually exclusive.
23. (Last Week #27) — You gotta love the effort from the Stro' Show in the absence of .
22. New York (Last Week #22) — It's laughable how this crew still thinks they have a chance of creeping into the playoffs. Take a page from the Cavs' playbook already.
21. Toronto (Last Week #21) — See the . "Think tank" isn't where ideas come from, it's just good advice.
20. Seattle Sonics (Last Week #20) — You can leave off the "Shuttlesworth;" has looked like the Second Coming since landing in the Emerald City.
19. Washington (Last Week #18) — MJ wants to go out in style, and what His Airness wants His Airness gets. See his Madison Square Garden performance Sunday afternoon.
18. Golden State (Last Week #16) — After hitting .500 for what seems like the first time since their days in Philly, the retreated a few steps backwards with heartbreaking losses in games where they had last-minute leads versus and Milwaukee.

17. Phoenix (Last Week #19) — Starbury has been having an All-NBA second-half but the team has shown signs of struggling. This is starting to sound familiar.

16. (Last Week #17) — The are battling for that final spot out West. Can Yao last that long or will his legs be jelly by then?
15. Milwaukee (Last Week #14) — and go together like gin and juice. They're intoxicating.
14. Boston (Last Week #13) — As Pierce's bad back remains a question mark every night, so does the C's chance of moving up in the East. We knew he shouldn't have carried Team USA on his back last summer.
13. Orlando (Last Week #15) — It's hard to fathom how a trade for two rookies has been so magical for Orlando. It's the first smart transaction they've made since before the debacle.
12. (Last Week #5) — Four straight losses and an abysmal 1-9 record over their last 10 games. The entire team, not just , is imploding.
11. (Last Week #10) — How can a team with this much experience between their coach and two top players still look so horribly lost on the court for games at a time?
10. (Last Week #11) — After going 0-for-the-Western Conference the last two weeks, D-Town rebounded with respectable victories over G. State and .
9. (Last Week #12) — The people of N'Awlins are getting excited. Not for Mardi Gras, but the forthcoming return of natural born leader .
8. New (Last Week #9) — They got slaughtered in the Texas Triangle, failing to crack 80 points in the three losses. It burns!
7. Portland (Last Week #6) — The Blazers were absolutely embarrassed by the on national TV. There's the motivation, now go make something happen because of it.
6. Philly (Last Week #8) — With their post-All-Star game hot streak, and considering the they were actually able to win a few games on their West Coast swing, the Sixers are looking like the class of the East.
5. T-Wolves (Last Week #4) — Known more for his scoring than his passing, has been dropping about nine dimes per game for T-Wolves during their extended winning stretch.
4. L.A. (Last Week #7) — Shaq, Kobe and the gang are rounding into championship form quite nicely now.
3. San Antonio (Last Week #1) — The loss of The Admiral for at least the next five games is bound to derail the winning ways a wee bit.
2. Sacramento (Last Week #3) — The are playing like NBA royalty. Frankly we're shocked they're not balling on rose petals. Sac-Town has won four straight and counting.
1. Dallas Mavs (Last Week #2) — After a one-week hiatus, the Mavs bounce back into first. Resiliency is a championship quality that Dallas does own.
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