Yet another week of NBA basketball is behind us, and there has been a lot of movement in this week’s Power Rankings. Who’s at number 1? How about the cellar of the rankings?
Take a break from reading about the NFL Championship weekend, and checkout this week’s NBA Power Rankings.
1. San Antonio Spurs (37-7, 1st in Southwest)
The Spurs had a tough loss in New Orleans Saturday night, but they have won 8 of 9 overall. With the best record in the league, the Spurs are at the top of the Power Rankings.
2. Boston Celtics (33-10, 1st in Atlantic)
The Celtics suffered a tough loss to the awful Wizards Saturday night, but have won 5 of 6 overall, with big wins over the Magic and Jazz.
Kevin Garnett is back, and has led the Celtics from 4th to 2nd in the Power Rankings.
3. Los Angeles Lakers (32-13, 1st in Pacific)
Remember a couple of weeks ago when everyone was panicking in Los Angeles? Well, not anymore. The Lakers have won 8 of 10, with big wins over the Thunder, Nuggets, and Knicks.
4. Miami Heat (31-13, 1st in Southeast)
The Heat have dropped from 1st all the way to 4th in just a week. They have lost 4 of their last 5, but had a 17-point win against Toronto Saturday night without Wade or Bosh.
The Heat have won 6 of 10 overall, so Heat fans really shouldn’t be worrying. Neither Bosh or Wade have serious injuries, and Lebron was injured for 3 of those losses during the 4 game skid.
5. Orlando Magic (29-15, 2nd in Southeast)
The Magic stay put in this week’s rankings at the 5th spot. They have won 4 of 5, but only played one really relevant team in that 5 game stretch, the Celtics. They lost that game, but it was an excellent game at the TD Garden.
Orlando has the third best record in the East, and they continue to play good basketball.
6. Chicago Bulls (30-14, 1st in Central)
The Bulls have the third best record in the East, and are continuing to play very good basketball. They have won 5 of 6, with big wins over the Heat and Mavericks.
7. New Orleans Hornets (29-16, Tied 2nd in Southwest)
The Hornets jump from 11th all the way to 6th and could be emerging as an elite team in this league, having won 8 in a row, and are easily the hottest team in the NBA.
With recent blowout wins against the Spurs and Hawks, the Hornets could be a force in the Western conference.
8. Atlanta Hawks (29-16, 3rd in Southeast)
The Hawks are 3rd in their stacked division, but are one of the best teams in the East, and are showing it through their play. They have won 8 of 10 overall, including a win against the Heat.
9. Oklahoma City Thunder (28-15, 1st in Northwest)
The Thunder are first in the Northwest, and have won 5 of 7. They have had recent nice wins against the Magic and Knicks, and despite losses to the Lakers and Nuggets, are playing pretty well.
10. Dallas Mavericks (28-15, Tied 2nd in Southwest)
Dallas has lost 7 of their last 9, but things aren’t horrible for the Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki has recently returned, and they have won 2 of 3, including a big win over the Lakers.
11. Utah Jazz (27-17, 2nd in Northwest)
The Jazz have lost 4 in a row, including losses to bad teams like the Sixers, Nets, and Wizards. They did win 3 games before that rough stretch, with a good win over the Knicks.
The Jazz are just a good team going through a tough stretch, that’s all really.
12. Denver Nuggets (25-18, 3rd in Northwest)
Despite trade rumors surrounding star forward Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets are still playing pretty well. They have won 5 of 7, with wins over Miami and Oklahoma City during that stretch.
13. Portland Trail Blazers (25-20, 4th in Northwest)
Portland has won 5 straight games, and although they have had a weak schedule during that stretch, wins are wins.
The Trail Blazers continue to stay competitive without Brandon Roy in the tough Western Conference.
14. New York Knicks (22-21, 2nd in Atlantic)
Having lost 6 in a row, the Knicks are playing their worst basketball of the season. They’re in danger of falling below .500, and will look to end this skid Monday night against the Wizards.
15. Memphis Grizzlies (21-23, 4th in Southwest)
The Grizzlies have won 2 in a row, and 4 of 6 overall, and keep playing well. This team could get over the .500 mark soon, as they have a very easy schedule ahead of them.
16. Phoenix Suns (20-22, 2nd in Pacific)
Despite losing by a point to Detroit on Saturday, the Suns have won 5 of 6, and are playing much better as of late.
17. Golden State Warriors (19-24, 3rd in Pacific)
The Warriors have won 4 of 5, and are playing some solid basketball. Their schedule has been easy, but it’s never easy to win 4 games in a row in the NBA.
18. Houston Rockets (20-25, 5th in Southwest)
The Rockets have lost 2 in a row, but have won 3 of their past 5 games overall. This could be a sign of good things to come.
19. Los Angeles Clippers (17-26, 4th in Pacific)
The Clippers are showing that they can play really well. They have won 7 of their last 9, with big wins over the Lakers, Nuggets, and Heat.
Blake Griffin has put this team on his back, and they will look to continue playing this well.
20. Philadelphia 76ers (18-25, 3rd in Atlantic)
The Sixers have won 3 of 5, and had a good win against the Jazz on Saturday.
Philadelphia is sitting in the seventh spot in the weak East, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they continued to play decent basketball.
21. Charlotte Bobcats (17-25, 4th in Southeast)
The Bobcats are in the 8th spot in the East, and have won 2 of 3, including a nice win over the Bulls. They recently snapped a 3 game losing streak, and this could be a sign of better things to come.
22. Detroit Pistons (16-28, 4th in Central)
The Pistons seem to be getting better. They have won 4 of their last 6, and had a 14 point win against the Mavericks last Monday. In the lowly Eastern conference, the Pistons could continue this nice stretch.
23. Milwaukee Bucks (16-25, 3rd in Central)
The Bucks have won 2 of their last 3, but those 2 wins were against the lowly Cavaliers and Wizards. They have lost 4 of their last 6 overall, as their tough season continues.
24. Indiana Pacers (16-25, 2nd in Central)
The Pacers drop all the way from 17th to 24th. They have lost 5 in a row, and all the optimism that I had last week for this team has disappeared.
25. Washington Wizards (13-29, 5th in Southeast)
The Wizards are playing a lot better as of late. They have won 4 in a row, with a big win against the Celtics on Saturday.
They’re still a bad team, but are showing some positive signs.
26. New Jersey Nets (12-32, 5th in Atlantic)
The Nets have won 2 of 3, and had just a one point loss to the Mavericks, although I don’t believe in morale victories.
The Nets are certainly improving, but they still have a while to go.
27. Toronto Raptors (13-31, 4th in Atlantic)
The Raptors are struggling immensely, having lost 7 in a row. They have had a tough schedule recently, but have had bad losses to Washington and Detroit, and a 7 game losing streak is still inexcusable .
28. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-33, 5th in Northwest)
The Timberwolves’ awful season isn’t showing signs of getting better. They have lost 8 of 9, with their only win in that stretch coming against the Wizards.
29. Sacramento Kings (9-32, 5th in Pacific)
Sacramento has lost 4 in a row, but have also had some bad luck that has came with it. They lost two of those games in overtime, and the other two by a combined total of 6 points.
Sacramento isn’t showing many signs of getting better, and need to learn how to finish games.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers (8-35, 5th in Central)
Poor Cleveland. The Cavaliers have lost 16, yes 16, games in a row, including a 55 point blowout loss to the Lakers.
Cleveland is just terrible, to the point where I almost feel bad for them.