Post-trade deadline NBA power rankings: New-look Cavs on the rise; Jazz keep winning


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the trade that sent Isaiah Thomas from the Cavaliers to the Lakers and what it means for both teams and LeBron James’ future.

If Sunday’s rout of the Boston Celtics was any indication, the trade-deadline roster upheaval was exactly what the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to get back on track.

Their second test — and the final one before the All-Star break — comes Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who last month handed the Cavs one of the ugliest losses in franchise history.

No pressure.

With the trade deadline in the books and All-Star weekend (Feb. 16-18) right around the corner, here’s how we view the league’s current power structure. Voters, listed at the bottom of this page, include NBA reporters from across the USA TODAY Network.

1. Golden State Warriors (43-13) | Last week: 2

The Warriors look as though they’ve righted the ship with back-to-back blowout wins, and with games against Phoenix and Portland

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