NBA Power Rankings: Memphis still league's best?

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NBA Power Rankings: Memphis still league's best?

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 4 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
Past rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

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MarkComments1
Tony: Tony Parker is a man possessed right now.
Mark: Memphis has wins over Miami, Oklahoma City, New York and the Lakers.
2
Tony: Wade has looked decidedly human this year.
Mark: Home games galore coming up, which means plenty of wins.
3
Tony: Balanced team holds 2nd-best point differential in NBA.
Mark: Southwest division race will be fun to watch (Memphis).
4
Tony: Have come back to Earth a bit lately.
Mark: How long can Jason Kidd keep this up?
5
Tony: Big Three is now Durant, Westbrook, Serge.
Mark: Kevin Martin struggling, but Durant really rolling now.
6
Tony: DeAndre Jordan: All-Star?
Mark: Went 1-3 on brutal road stretch (SAS, OKC, BRK, ATL).7
Tony: Just wait until they get Joe Johnson going.
Mark: Joe Johnson warming up.8
Tony: The ship has been righted, but now they need to get over .500 hump.
Mark: Antwan Jamison the biggest benefactor from D'Antoni?
9
Tony: Streaky team, but winners of four straight right now.
Mark: Just think if they had Bynum.
10
Tony: Holiday has been PHI's MVP, especially with Bynum out indefinitely.
Mark: Al Horford is healthy and better than ever.
11
Tony: Rank last in the league in rebounds per game.
Mark: Big Three continues to bail out inconsistent bench.
12
Tony: Jeff Teague is finally taking the next step.
Mark: Biggest roller coaster in the NBA moving up at the moment.
13
Tony: Looking more and more like a playoff team every day.
Mark: FreeJohnHenson, Skiles!
14
Tony: Relinquishing their hold on Central division.
Mark: Circus trip is over, six of next eight at home.
15
Tony: Three-game losing streak the low point of Thibs' tenure.
Mark: Won three straight before ugly loss at Sacramento.
16
Tony: Newcomers (Mayo, Collison) still carrying this team.
Mark: The NBA's most pleasant surprise in 2012.
17
Tony: Well-rounded squad, but nothing flashy.
Mark: 8-6 record while playing eight on the road.
18
Tony: Kemba has been a driving force in turning this team around.
Mark: Chandler Parsons, Patrick Patterson both look great.
19
Tony: Still no depth. That will eventually haunt them.
Mark: Lost three straight with Love back. Weird.
20
Tony: Lin (34.8 FG) needs to shoot the ball better.
Mark: 1-2 last week, all at home. Ouch.
21
Tony: Hibbert, George may be coming around.
Mark: That's the Paul George we saw in last year's playoffs.
22
Tony: Morris has burst into the starting lineup.
Mark: Markief Morris playing well in starting lineup.
23
Tony: Love is back, but they're still losing.
Mark: Meyers Leonard looked good in Aldridge's absence.
24
Tony: Remember when they started the season 2-0?
Mark: Jameer Nelson strong in return from injury.
25
Tony: Have won two of three against some very good teams.
Mark: 16-point win over Lakers deserves credit.
26
Tony: They'd be a lot better if Anthony Davis could stay on court.
Mark: Last three losses by 1 point, 1 point and in overtime.
27
Tony: Only Phoenix allows more points per game.
Mark: Anthony Davis (ankle) missing two weeks not good news.
28
Tony: Lowry is back, but Calderon was very good in his absence.
Mark: 3-3 since an 0-8 start.
29
Tony: Defense is way too inconsistent.
Mark: Dion Waiters thriving without Kyrie.
30
Tony: Don't worry, Bradley Beal thinks they'll still make the playoffs.
Mark: Getting ugly in D.C. Suck for Shabazz?

Bill Dineen, father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passes away

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Bill Dineen, father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passes away

Bill Dineen, former AHL and NHL coach and father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passed away on Saturday morning. He was 84.

Kevin Dineen was not at the Blackhawks’ practice on Saturday. Coach Joel Quenneville called Bill Dineen “a tremendous man.”

“Everyone who had the privilege to meet Bill and be around him loved the guy. He was probably one of the most liked people you’d ever want to meet. Great family man; the kids are just like the dad,” Quenneville said following Saturday’s practice. “We had a good time with him on the dad’s trip last time. Seeing him at that stage and being around hockey again, it was fun to be there.”

Bill Dineen played for the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. He later was a head coach, mostly in the AHL. He was named the AHL’s outstanding coach twice and led the Adirondack Red Wings to the Calder Cup in 1986 and 1989. He also had an NHL coaching stint with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1992 to 1993, during which he coached Kevin.

AHL president David Andrews released a statement regarding Dineen’s passing.

“During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time.”

Brent Seabrook could return, but Jonathan Toews will miss ninth straight when Blackhawks play Stars

Brent Seabrook could return, but Jonathan Toews will miss ninth straight when Blackhawks play Stars

Brent Seabrook came onto the ice on Saturday morning, a welcome sight for a Blackhawks team that has dealt with a few injuries lately.

And while Seabrook's return seems imminent, Jonathan Toews’ status remains very much up in the air.

Seabrook (upper body) practiced on Saturday and could be available on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Toews (back) did not skate and will miss his ninth consecutive game. Corey Crawford (appendectomy) will also be out, with Scott Darling getting his fifth consecutive start.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see how Seabrook feels on Sunday morning before making a decision.

The defenseman said he felt good following Saturday’s practice.

“The lungs at the end were burning a little bit with Kitch,” said Seabrook, referring to assistant coach Mike Kitchen. “But just trying to get ready to roll.”

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Seabrook hasn’t missed many games in recent years — he played 81 of 82 games in 2015-16, all 82 in each of the two seasons prior to that and 47 of 48 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“It’s tough. You want to be out there and want to be playing. It’s tough not being out there with your teammates and helping them out and battling with them so I think we did a great job (Friday) night,” Seabrook said. “Had a great game, had a chance for two points in overtime there but got one, which is huge for our group. I think it’s good.”

As for Toews, Quenneville had hoped the captain would be skating by this weekend. He said following Saturday’s practice that Toews could skate on Sunday. Whether or not Toews accompanies the Blackhawks on their upcoming trip to New York depends on what happens on Sunday.

“If he skates tomorrow, we’ll have a better sense of that,” Quenneville said. “We have to do what’s right, long-term, and make sure he’s 100 percent and ready to go.”

Quenneville said he saw Crawford, who had his appendectomy on Dec. 2, Saturday at the rink.

“He’s doing all right,” Quenneville said. “Being away and then getting back on the ice, it’ll take some time to get him back to square one. He’s excited about getting back into equipment soon.”

Marian Hossa and Richard Panik did not practice on Saturday but were just taking rest days. Both are expected to play vs. the Stars.