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Power Rankings Watch: How Are the Clippers Faring in Week 16

After a solid 3-1 week, The Clippers are back in the Western Conference Playoff fold. Let’s see where the NBA media ranks them 16 weeks into the season

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NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Clippers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping six of seven in weeks 14 and 15 combined, the Clippers have righted the ship..a little bit. Yes, I am writing this after witnessing the worst home loss of the season against the lowly Hawks, but this was the Clips fifth game in seven nights against a Hawks team that they have already had trouble with this season. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from them Monday night — a win yes — but hopefully people don’t take too much stock in this loss, although it wasn’t great.

However, last week was a “righting of the ship” moment for the Clips as they went 3-1, including away wins in Miami and Chicago, and a dominating home win against the Kings. These four games were without the services of the Clips second (or in some people’s minds —best) player in Danilo Gallinari, who has been laid up with back spasms. To notch away wins and a dub against a feisty Kings team without one of your better guys is impressive. For the Clippers, these wins were a necessity. As it stands, post Hawks loss, the Clips are 1.5 games ahead of the Lakers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The West is tight, as L.A. is only three games back of the fourth seed, but with the Lakers potentially making big moves before the deadline and LeBron James coming back, the Clips need every win they can get. Stringing together a few this upcoming week and before the All-Star break will be crucial if they want to stay in the playoff hunt.

Let’s see how the NBA media ranks the Clippers after 16 weeks of the season.

NBA.com

This week: 14th, Last week: 15th

Notes: The Clippers have recovered from a five-game losing streak with what would be a five-game winning streak if not for an 18-5, fourth-quarter run from the Mavs on Tuesday. Potential All-Star reserve Tobias Harris has averaged 29 points on 63 percent shooting in the three road wins and the the 4-1 stretch has been their best defensive stretch of the season (103.0 points allowed per 100 possessions), and they’ve allowed just 94.4 per 100 in 101 minutes with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley (starting at small forward with Danilo Gallinari out) on the floor together. A strong first quarter from their makeshift starting lineup helped them improve to 3-0 against the 10th-place Kings on Sunday and they have another big game against the ninth-place Lakers on Thursday before embarking on their longest road trip of the season (six games).

Sports Illustrated

This week: 14th, Last week: 16th

Notes: The Clippers went 3-1 on their four-game road trip and then came home to get a crucial win over the Kings. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams held down the bench as they have all season and played catalyst in the last two victories. Williams posted a 31-point triple double then had 12 points and 10 assists against Sacramento as Harrell went for a game-high 25 on 11-for-13 shooting.

Yahoo

This week: 12th, Last week: N/A

Notes: After an awful 2017-18 campaign and a slow start to this season as well, Avery Bradley has shown signs of life in L.A. Over the Clippers past five games, Bradley is averaging 13.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while shooting 47.8% from three-point range. He’s also been a demon defensively. According to Synergy Sports, he leads the NBA in defending through screens, allowing just 0.768 points per possession.

ESPN

This week: 14th, Last week: 16th

Notes: The Clips’ successful road trip and homecoming win reversed their winter swoon and prompted the question: Months before a summer that promises to be their biggest game hunt ever, are the Clippers buyers, sellers or holders at the trade deadline? Tobias Harris, on the bubble for an All-Star reserve spot, will soon learn his fate. The résumé: 21.1 points and eight rebounds per game with a true shooting percentage of 61.4 and a real plus-minus of 2.21 -- all career highs.

CBS Sports

This week: 13th, Last week: 14th

Notes: Single biggest question: When a team’s greatest strength is elite depth, is that really all that big of a strength in the NBA? It’s tough to name the go-to guy for this Clippers team. Tobias Harris just keeps getting better, Danilo Gallinari, injured now, has been having an All-Star season and the best season of his career, Montrezl Harrell is every analytics-focused basketball fan’s dream and Lou Williams is Lou Williams ... but what’s the ceiling for a team that doesn’t really have a true superstar?

The Athletic

This week: 13th, Last week: 14th

Notes: The Los Angeles Clippers did not wilt in the face of an impeachable spiral. At least not yet. After a five-game losing streak and a stretch of tough road games looked to doom the Clippers, they’ve managed to rally in the face of typical failure. A 3-1 road trip with wins over the Spurs, Heat, and Bulls buoyed the season quite a bit. Now they have a three-game homestand this week against Sacramento (already won on Sunday), Atlanta, and the Lakers. They might very well face the Lakers without LeBron James that night. If that’s the case, than a 3-0 mark at home is very likely. That sets this Clippers team up nicely headed into a brutally long road trip right after.