Week 23 NBA power rankings: Warriors roll into playoffs, Cavaliers crawl


Russell Westbrook not only made history, but did so in dramatic fashion. Get more on that and the other great moments from the weekend.

USA TODAY Sports’ NBA power rankings for Week 23 (Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9) with three days left in the 2016-17 season.

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1. Golden State Warriors (66-14) –

The Warriors, who went 15-4 while Kevin Durant was sidelined with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, got their superstar forward back on Saturday night and cruised to their 14th-straight victory. As if there was any question before: The NBA’s Golden Boys are the clear frontrunners heading into the postseason.

2. San Antonio Spurs (61-19) –

The Spurs are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the West, but coach Gregg Popovich isn’t planning on resting any of his players to close out the season.

“Nobody’s going to rest, everybody’s going to play,” Popovich told reporters after Saturday’s loss to the Clippers. “We already rested…

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