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NBA Power Rankings, Week 4: Spurs nosedive, Warriors soar

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8. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-4)

Evan Mobley officially announced his arrival on Sunday with a big game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (26 points, 9 rebounds) in a win over the Knicks. Through 11 games, even distribution has been the name of the game for the surprising Cavaliers, who have five different players averaging 13.7 points per game or more.

1. Collin Sexton - 16.0
2. Darius Garland - 15.4
3. Evan Mobley - 14.9
4. Jarrett Allen - 14.9
5. Ricky Rubio - 13.7

Collin Sexton's recent knee injury will be a huge blow to the Cavaliers, as he's expected to be out with no set timetable to return. 

In an NBA landscape increasingly focusing on guard play, Cleveland's big-man-heavy starting lineup is throwing opponents off so far this season. It'll be interesting to see if that continues to work. 

Next for Cleveland: Wizards, Pistons, Celtics

7. Dallas Mavericks (7-3)

Even without Kristaps Porzingis for five games, the Dallas Mavericks have been able to win seven of their first 10, including two early wins over the San Antonio Spurs. Jalen Brunson torched San Antonio in the team's last meeting, but that has proven not to be a fluke for the 25-year-old.

Luka Doncic is putting up superstar numbers as usual (25 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 6.7 apg) and coming up clutch for the Mavs, hitting a very familiar buzzer-beater over Boston on Saturday. 

Surprisingly, the Mavericks aren't play well offensively, just 23rd in the NBA. That can largely be attributed to their poor shooting from the outside, as they've made just 31.7% of those shots (27th). 

As normally reliable shooters like Dorian Finney-Smith and Porzingis start to return to the mean from the outside, Dallas could start to make some noise in the West -- assuming Kristaps can stay healthy.

Next for Dallas: Bulls, Spurs, Nuggets

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