Week 10 NBA power rankings: Celtics, Pacers climbing East standings

USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick discusses some of the factors that would make winning the Western Conference ideal for the Warriors.
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USA TODAY Sports’ NBA power rankings for Week 10 (Monday, Jan. 2 through Saturday, Jan. 7) of the 2016-17 season.

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TEAM (RECORD) MOVEMENT

1. Golden State Warriors (31-6) –

The Warriors — who own the NBA’s best record, first-ranked offense (113.3 points per 100 possessions), fourth-ranked defense (102.0 points allowed per 100 possessions) and are on pace for a third straight 67-plus win season — are hardly panicking after blowing a 24-point second-half lead in an overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.

“There’s no panic at all,” back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry said after the loss. “You go through these hiccups, these road bumps and it pokes air out of the balloon a little bit, but that’s what the regular season’s for.”

2. San Antonio Spurs (30-7) +1

The Spurs — who put together a 

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