Keith Smart

Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

Records at All-Star break (last week's rank)

1. Spurs 46-10 (2): Four more wins match last season's total.

2. Heat 41-15 (1): Word among insiders: Beat them now while they're runts and you can.

3. Celtics 40-14 (3): One All-Star for each of four seasons as NBA's bandaged "Spirit of '76" crew.

4. Mavericks 39-16 (6): Take out 2-7 swoon without Dirk and Lakers aren't even in race for 2 seed.

5. Bulls 38-16 (4): Stealth contender gets Noah back for this week's Heat visit.

6. Thunder 35-19 (7): This season is to get more experience. Next season they'll need more players.

7. Lakers 38-19...