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

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 14. LA Clippers (5-4)

The LA Clippers stumbled out of the gates with some horrid defensive nights and poor rebounding, but they've bounced back in a big way in November. Winners of four straight, the Clippers are enjoying Paul George's MVP-level season (27.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.7 steals) and have climbed above .500 for the first time.

Although his minutes will be limited as he returns from injury, Serge Ibaka's presence will be a much-needed boost for Tyronn Lue, who already has a small team as it is. 

With no return date set for Kawhi Leonard, others are stepping up to help George. Reggie Jackson (17.0 ppg) Luke Kennard (11.9 ppg on 47.5% from three), and Terance Mann (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg) have all had promising starts for the team that's still missing its biggest piece.

Next for LA: Trail Blazers, Heat, Timberwolves

13. Memphis Grizzlies (6-4)

If we've learned one thing from the Memphis Grizzlies so far, it's that we can officially call Ja Morant a superstar. Monday's 33-point performance marked the fourth time this season he's eclipsed 30 points this season and was yet another sign of what's to come.

One of the scariest developments of Morant's game has been his improved 3-point shooting. After hitting on just 31.7% of outside shots in his first two seasons, he's up to 36.7% this season and hitting them when the game is on the line.

Second-year forward Desmond Bane is also proving to be a nice complementary piece for the Grizzlies and should be in early contention for the NBA Most Improved Player Award with his increase of seven points per game from his rookie season. If they keep this up, it's hard to see Memphis falling to the play-in tournament as they did last season when they knocked the Spurs out of a postseason bid.

Next for Memphis: Hornets, Suns, Pelicans