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NBA power rankings 2013: Cavaliers still near the bottom

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle and remain close to last place in NBA power rankings.

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain near the bottom of most NBA power rankings, but have had a few bright spots in recent weeks. Anderson Varejao has been out for six games with a knee injury, but the Cavs have managed to win two games without their second best player as Tristan Thompson has stepped up his game.

In Marc Stein's power rankings at ESPN the Cavaliers come in at No. 28. Cleveland ranks 28th in both John Schuhmann's power rankings at NBA.com and Kurt Helin's power rankings at Pro Basketball Talk as well. Helin notes that Varejao and C.J. Miles could both be on the move when the trade deadline comes around and Schuhmann echoes Helin's sentiments about Miles. In John Hollinger's power rankings system at ESPN, the Cavs rank a bit higher, coming in at No. 26.

Cleveland has an overall average power ranking of 27.5 and hopes to get Varejao back this week to help lighten the load for Kyrie Irving.

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