Power Rankings: Cavs, Grizz rising

Updated: March 23, 2015, 5:37 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 23

The Golden State Warriors were scoring a whopping 13.4 points more per 100 possessions with Klay Thompson on the floor, compared to when he was on the bench. And then he suffered a sprained ankle.

Life without Thompson, though, didn't look so hard last week for the team that has occupied the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings on 12 of 21 Mondays this season.

The Warriors went 4-0 without Thompson -- including quality wins over Atlanta, New Orleans and Utah -- and strengthen their hold on the top rung of our ladder. The most notable rankings development, then, involves the Hawks, whose first three-game losing streak of the season dropped them out of the top three for the first time since the calendar still read 2014 . . . Dec. 29 to be exact.

The surging Cleveland Cavaliers and the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 5-2 since the All-Star break against West teams with winning records, have moved up to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. For LeBron James' Cavs, it's the first time they've cracked the top two since our preseason edition of the rankings on Oct. 27.

We'll delve further into this week's order on Stein Line Live. You can comment below on the latest 1-to-30 ladder, which as always was compiled with data and research assistance from our friends at ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau.

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