Power Rankings: Consistency, health keep Cavs at No.1

Updated: January 13, 2010, 10:08 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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Make it three consecutive Mondays atop ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs are the only team in the top 10 these days that can claim reasonably good health and on-the-court consistency, making them an automatic choice to retain the top spot in spite of a Friday slip-up at Denver with the Nuggets missing Carmelo Anthony.

Orlando normally would have fallen further than No. 4 after its recent 0-4 skid -- and Dallas and Phoenix likewise moved up more than usual after so-so weeks -- because so many teams in the top 10 have hit slumps or been derailed by injuries.

Another interesting jumble can be found in the middle of the pack, where No. 16 Memphis and No. 17 Utah certainly can make cases to be placed a little higher but got shoved down because of the recent surges seen from No. 13 Miami, No. 14 New Orleans and No. 15 Toronto.

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