NBA Power Rankings: Warriors outside Top 5; Cavs, Spurs not Top 10
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Monte Poole stacks up all 30 teams...
A six-game losing streak, and expect more of the same. One look at this roster tells us our man Travis Schlenk, the ex-Warriors exec now this team’s GM, is going to need one thing above all others: A patient owner.
That the Mavs have been blown out only twice (once by the Warriors and once by the Rockets) is a testament to Coach Carlisle. No starter is shooting more than 43 percent, and Harrison Barnes is at 38.9.
Punching a teammate? Taking their worst loss in four years? Yuck. Even as Coach Fred promises boot-camp style practices this week, he’s going to have a tough time squeezing much more from Robin and The Kids.
Next-to-last in team assists, next-to-next-to-last in team scoring. De’Aaron Fox is getting some harsh lessons, eh? Three losses this week, by ever-increasing margins, tell us where this is headed.
Changing coaches after three games and sending Eric Bledsoe to his room for an indefinite period jumpstarts what could be the longest, hottest year in Suns history. Yes, even worse than the last two.
Six games into the season, Lonzo the Rook is telling fans “we gone figure it out.” Stephen Curry said much the same thing seven games into his rookie season with the Warriors. Props for Lonzo for seeing how that turned out.
Back-to-back wins, including one over the Cavs, indicate there may be enough here to avoid bottom-rung wretched with J-Jack running the show. We see you, KP, and you’re looking like an All-Star lock.
The most entertaining bad team in the league, thanks to the Process Brothers. We love both Embiid and Simmons. Good to see Young Markelle getting the next few weeks to repair his shoulder and his game.
If you want to ring up 120, find these guys. They’ll allow it. Though fun to watch and it’s too early to get real. So celebrate that win over the Cavs while you can, because payback is three weeks away.
We’ll cut you some slack for the 1-2 week, since the Ls were to the Spurs and the Celtics. But you fellas should know, such horrid defense won’t help Hassan’s quest for the All-D team and won’t long be accepted by Coach Spo.
They’ve beaten the Spurs and routed the Timberwolves. Can’t begin to know how they’ve done it, other than the early evidence that Victor Oladipo, back in the state of his college glory days, is balling out.
Five different players have led them in scoring and they’ve bounced back after a bumpy start and now have one more winnable road game before a six-game homestand that lasts 12 days. It’s Go Time. Can they?
Kemba is doing Kemba things and MKG is healthy and Malik Monk looks overwhelmed. Forget all of that. D-12 is exceeding those low expectations, looking better than he has in five years. Is MJ feeding him gunpowder?
We see what’s happening here. You saw what the Blazers did when LMA skipped out. You boys can barely get a bucket, yet you’re trying to D your way into the 8-seed race. Appreciate the effort. Keep it up.
As much as we love KAT, and he is balling, those two 20-point losses showed us that Jimmy B is your most essential dude. Yo, Thibs, remember this is an 82-game season. That is all.
We’ve always believed more in Boogie’s talent than his makeup. But we love what he did in his return trip to Sac. He balled and actually seemed to enjoy it. If that lingers, this group is a shooter away from being scary.
No sham in losing in San Antonio and Oakland. The ball is moving unusually well and the points are coming. The 3-point D has been stellar. Once the big boys return, maybe this week, we’ll see where this is headed.
That you are top-5 in field-goal-percentage D may be the biggest shocker of the week for us. If this continues, you’re legit dangerous. Congrats, Russ, on being the first player with a triple-double against every opponent.
Beating the Bulls on Tuesday prevented you from all-out Hell Week. The Nets, Pels and Knicks are NBA Easy Street. Not for you. Not now. The D goes to the dogs, D-Wade goes to the bench and . . . at least D-Rose is back.
It’s one thing to lose two in a row, quite another that they were to the surprise teams of the East, Orlando and Indiana. And there still is no timetable for Kawhi Leonard’s return. Coach Pop is facing his biggest test.
10-Trail Blazers (4-2)
Losing twice, total, by a combined total of 4 points is impressive. You appear to have a clue on D. CJ’s crazy-hot shooting is obscuring Dame’s slump, and Dame doesn’t slump for long. Helps to be No. 1 in team rebounding.
With the Greek Freak running away with the player of the half-month award, J-Kidd’s crew is looking like it has a decent chance to win 50 games for the first time since 2000-01.
You’re winning with DJ Augustin starting at the point, while Air Gordon and Ev Fournier are chucking up 3s at almost 60 percent. Wait. OK, we get it. You’re in Orlando. This is a Disney movie, right.
Being a man short, with a short bench, allows us to dismiss that Lakers loss. We know of Speedball Johnny Wall and Brad “Sneaky Hand” Beal. What we learned this week is that Otto P can stroke it from deep with the best. He’s niiice.
The only teams with more turnovers are the Lakers and the Suns, both destined to sail past the 50-loss mark. This is no formula for repeating, and they know it. You’re this high only because of your talent.
Condolences to Coach D, who lost his dad at age 103. CP3 has played 33 minutes this season, yet this bunch would be undefeated if not for the Grizzlies. The twist? Houston is playing quality defense.
Since the 0-2 start that was the product of losing Gordon Hayward, the C’s have reeled off four in a row. Kyrie’s comfort seems to grow by each game. They’ve adjusted nicely, and getting that $8.4 mil exception will help.
The last team to lose a game is simultaneously proud of its good start and anxious about how it will feel late Monday night, after playing a Warriors team it has lost to 10 consecutive times.
When you open a road trip into the other conference by beating the Clippers and Warriors on back-to-back nights in October, you’re a top-5 team. This won’t last, but SVG was last seen grinning into the Oakland night.
From Grit-n-Grind to Run-n-Gun, Coach Fiz continues to impress. Beating the Warriors once and the Rockets twice is more than enough to offset the ignominy of being the only team to lose to the dreadful Mavericks.