NBA: Power Rankings (Week of 3/10/14-3/16/14)
This week in the NBA, we saw the Lakers take down the Thunder, LeBron James put up 61 points against the Bobcats, and the Spurs take over the best record in the NBA. Here are your power rankings for this week:
1. Los Angeles Clippers: 44-20; Last 10: 8-2; Streak: Won 7 (Last week: 2)
“Lob City” has put up triple-digit points in 20 consecutive games now and is leading the NBA in scoring with 107.8ppg
2. Houston Rockets: 44-19; Last 10: 8-2; Streak: Won 5 (Last week: 3)
The Rockets are coming into the week with momentum after coming back and defeating the Blazers in OT on Sunday night. A tough week awaits Houston however with games against OKC, Chicago, and Miami.
3. San Antonio Spurs: 46-16; Last 10: 9-1; Streak: Won 6 (Last week: 6)
The Spurs have now won six straight games and also now possesses the best record in the entire league. So much for San Antonio “slowing down” again.
4. Miami Heat: 43-17; Last 10: 7-3; Streak: Lost 3 (Last week: 1)
In the three games since LeBron James scored 61 points against the Bobcats, he has combined for 58 points on 22-58 shooting and the Heat have dropped each of those contests.
5. Golden State Warriors: 40-24; Last 10: 8-2; Streak: Won 4 (Last week: 9)
The Warriors improved to 9-2 since the All-Star break with a comeback victory against Phoenix on Sunday. In Stephen Curry’s last three games he has 20 assists compared to just one turnover.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: 46-17; Last 10: 5-5; Streak: Lost 2 (Last week: 5)
The Thunder lost to the Lakers behind Jodie Meeks’ 42 point performance on Sunday. Yes you did read that sentence correctly. OKC will have a chance at revenge when the teams play again on Thursday.
7. Portland Trailblazers: 42-21; Last 10: 6-4; Streak: Lost 2 (Last week: 7)
Portland isn’t necessarily reeling right now, but they aren’t dominating the league like the way they were for the first three months of the season. They are now only 2.5 games ahead of Golden State for the 5th seed in the West.
8. Dallas Mavericks: 38-26; Last 10: 6-4; Streak: Won 2 (Last week: 8)
Dirk Nowitzki has his team clicking right now as they continue to progress up the Western Conference standings, but are heading out on a tough road trip to face the Warriors, Jazz, and Thunder.
9. Indiana Pacers: 46-17; Last 10: 5-5; Streak: Lost 4 (Last week: 4)
Playing in the East definitely pays off. While the Pacers ride a four-game losing streak they will face Boston, Philly, and Detroit this week. Indy should be able to get back on track.
10. Chicago Bulls: 35-28; Last 10: 7-3; Streak: Won 1 (Last week:10)
Joakim Noah is racking up triple-doubles this season with three in the past month and is also leading the defensive charge for the best defense in the NBA (allowing 92.2ppg).
11. Toronto Raptors: 35-26; Last 10: 8-2; Streak: Won 3 (Last week: 11)
The Raptors are up to third place in the East, but would be the 10th best team in the West if the season ended today.
12. Memphis Grizzlies: 36-26; Last 10: 7-3; Streak: Won 2 (Last week: 13)
The Grizzlies are now tied for the eighth seed in the West, tied with the Suns. A matchup on April 14th between Memphis and Phoenix could determine who plays OKC in the first round.
13. Washington Wizards: 33-29; Last 10: 8-2; Streak: Won 2 (Last week: 14)
Bradley Beal and John Wall have the Wizards playing some great ball as of late. They will be tested on Monday when they travel to Miami to face the defending champs.
14. Phoenix Suns: 36-26; Last 10: 5-5; Streak: Lost 1 (Last week: 12)
The Suns will be getting Eric Bledsoe back from injury on Wednesday night. He will be a tremendous boost to an already rolling offense (6th in NBA- 105.5ppg)
15. Brooklyn Nets: 31-30; Last 10: 7-3; Streak: Won 1 (Last week: 16)
The Nets have turned it on as of late, especially at Barclays Center where they are winners of seven straight.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves: 31-31; Last 10: 7-3; Streak: Lost 1 (Last week: 15)
The T’Wolves are 4th in the NBA in scoring (106.2ppg), but are five games back of a playoff spot with 20 games left.
17. Charlotte Bobcats: 29-34; Last 10: 6-4; Streak: Lost 1 (Last week: 17)
The Bobcats have a five game cushion over the 9th best team in the East right now, but none of the teams below them were better than 3-7 in their last 10 games. Charlotte will finally get some playoff basketball.
18. New Orleans Pelicans: 26-37; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Won 3 (Last week: 23)
Their record would be playoff-contending numbers if and only if they were in the East. They find themselves 10.5 games back in the West and are headed to the lottery.
19. New York Knicks: 24-40; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Won 3 (Last week: 22)
In my mind, the Knicks are the only Eastern Conference team outside the top 8 that has a shot to catch up. This team has far too much talent to not make the playoffs and is currently 3.5 games back of the Hawks.
20. Denver Nuggets: 27-35; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Lost 1 (Last week: 19)
Denver has a four-game East Coast road trip that could definitely help right the ship for them.
21. Sacramento Kings: 22-41; Last 10: 4-6; Streak: Lost 2 (Last week: 20)
Well, on the bright side they are still ahead of the Lakers in the West.
22. Cleveland Cavaliers: 24-40; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Lost 4 (Last week: 21)
A four-game losing streak could easily become a 10-game losing streak with six upcoming games against Phoenix, Golden State, LAC, Miami, OKC, and Houston.
23. Atlanta Hawks: 26-35; Last 10: 1-9; Streak: Lost 6 (Last week: 18)
The Hawks are holding on to the 8th spot in the East right now, but have the Pistons, Knicks, and Cavs nipping at their heels.
24. Boston Celtics: 22-41; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Won 2 (Last week: 26)
Boston holds a three-way tie for the 5th worst record in the NBA with Utah and Sacramento… Bean Town just isn’t used to this whole “tanking” thing.
25. Utah Jazz: 22-41; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Won 1 (Last week: 24)
The Jazz will welcome home Paul Millsap and his Atlanta Hawks on Monday for the first time since he left the club in free agency.
26. Los Angeles Lakers: 22-42; Last 10: 4-6; Streak: Won 1 (Last week: 27)
Jodie Meeks led the Lakers to a stunning 114-110 victory over OKC. He was the first Lakers guard other than Kobe Bryant to score 40+ points since Nick Van Exel in 2002.
27. Detroit Pistons: 24-39; Last 10: 2-8; Streak: Lost 3 (Last week: 25)
High expectations were felt for this squad prior to the season after obtaining Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, but disappointment has surrounded them from the get-go.
28. Orlando Magic: 19-45; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Lost 2 (Last week: 28)
The Magic are 4-29 on the road this season, so on the bright side they only have one road game this week?
29. Milwaukee Bucks: 12-50; Last 10: 3-7; Streak: Lost 3 (Last week: 29)
The Bucks are currently in the driver’s seat to get the number one pick in the NBA Draft, but will most likely have to lose on a more consistent basis because who knows if the Sixers will ever win a game again.
30. Philadelphia 76ers: 15-47; Last 10: 0-10; Streak: Lost 16 (Last week: 30)
This team is becoming straight comical to watch. Effort much?
*Bolded teams would be playoff teams if the season ended today.