NBA Power Rankings: Curry trying to make everyone forget 3-1 lead
From 30 to 1
Welcome to another week of Power Rankings! The NBA’s middle is bulging out the sides. So many teams are still alive. So many teams are under .500. It’s a roller coaster of emotion from one week to the next.
30. Nets (9-38)
The Pelicans broke up what could have been a perfectly wonderful 17-game losing streak for Brooklyn. It’s lonely at the bottom.
29. Lakers (16-34)
10-10. 6-24. Not a lot of positives here. This is no La La Land. The Lakers are a long term project.
28. Suns (15-32)
Bledsoe is ballin. Two 40-point performances this week, including a career-high 41. Of course, it didn’t help the Suns from losing three straight.
27. Mavs (17-30)
Mark Cuban doesn’t believe in tanking. We know this because Mark Cuban shares all of his inner thoughts on social media. Injuries are starting to hit an aging roster. The string quartet keeps playing as the Mavs slowly sink to the bottom of the sea.
26. Magic (19-30)
Big win over the Raptors on Sunday, but that puts Orlando at 4-12 over their last 16 games. It’s a broken roster. Talented, but broken.
25. Philly (17-29)
Kings roll through on Monday. Is there still time to grease the floors? Embiid took Sunday off so he would be ready to exchange rear end slaps with Cousins. Let the games begin!
24. Knicks (21-28)
Carmelo is available. All we ask is for your second-born son. What do you say Doc? Phil has really mucked up this thing in New York.
23. Timberwolves (18-29)
The young bucks are starting to figure it out. The race for eight is getting very interesting. This might not be their year, but you can learn a lot when the final 35 games matter.
22. Heat (18-30)
The Heat is on. They’re on a streak. Inside your head, they’re hard to beat.
21. Pistons (21-26)
Misfiring. Sputtering. And then the rumors start. Too good to be on the outside looking in. Not good enough to really contend. Where does that leave Detroit?
20. Bucks (21-26)
Parker is 21. Greek Freak is 22. When that is your team, you are going to have inconsistent play. Milwaukee’s time will come, but they need time to age like a fine cheese.
19. Pelicans (19-29)
They’re in the mix. This team started the year 0-8. They’ve made strides, but the field is crowded. This should be a fun second half of the season, especially if the Pelicans can stay healthy. That’s a big IF.
18. Kings (19-28)
Looked dead in the water after 1-6 homestand and a catastrophic injury to Rudy Gay. 3-3 road trip has renewed hope. Win over Cavs was huge. DeMarcus Cousins is finding a way to make teammates better.
17. Trail Blazers (21-28)
Damian Lillard must be completely confused as to what it takes to make an All-Star team. It would help if there wasn’t three MVP candidates at his position on better Western Conference teams.
16. Nuggets (21-25)
Other teams are waiting in the wings behind the Nuggets, ready to pounce. Three straight wins is nice. Kenneth Faried waking from his slumber could pay huge dividends.
15. Hornets (23-25)
Kemba Walker - All-Star. It has a nice ring to it. Clinging to eight with a mixed bag of players. Smoke and mirrors only gets you so far.
14. Bulls (24-25)
Instagram tears at the fabric of an NBA organization. Doesn’t Rondo know that Twitter is the medium that leaders use to get their point across? This is some real high school stuff going on here.
13. Pacers (25-22)
PG-13 went rated R on the Rockets. Pacers are moving the right direction this week, but they are on a week-to-week lease.
12. Grizzlies (28-21)
Money can’t buy you love and it can’t buy Mike Conley Jr. an All-Star bid. Maybe Marc Gasol can bring him back a t-shirt from the Big Easy.
11. Wizards (27-20)
Washington started the season 2-8. They are 25-12 since. Scott Brooks is in the running for coach of the year. The bench needs a lot of work to take the next step.
10. Thunder (29-20)
Kanter 0. Chair 1. Big blow for a team with faulty aspirations. Can Joffrey Lauvergne fill his shoes? We’re gonna need more triple-doubles Russ.
9. Clippers (30-18)
Body blow. Body blow. Injuries keep piling up. Getting embarrassed by the Dubs has to make the Clips wondering about their place in the NBA’s hierarchy.
8. Hawks (28-20)
Paul Millsap just dropped in 37 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists in 60 minutes of action in a quadruple overtime win. And the Hawks almost traded him. Come on now ATL, you have home court in round one if the season ended today.
7. Raptors (29-19)
1-6 over their last seven games, the Raptors look vulnerable. Even if they were pacing for 60 wins, neither the Cavs, nor the Western Conference fear They the North.
6. Jazz (30-19)
Congrats Gordon Hayward, an All-Star bid well deserved. This is a complete team when healthy. Not exactly star studded, but really solid from top to bottom.
5. Cavs (32-14)
The slide. 4-6 over the last 10 games has LBJ chirping. King James wants another playmaker. Cavs $127 million payroll is nearly $13 million more than any other team in the NBA. Championships cost $$$.
4. Celtics (29-18)
IT is the new AI. Brad Stevens is a heck of a coach. They need more, but this is a fun team to watch.
3. Rockets (35-16)
Not as invinceable as they were a few weeks ago, but still crazy good. Can James Harden keep up this incredible pace? His 51.9 percent assists percentage is bananas.
2. Spurs (36-11)
A starting backcourt of Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry took you down on Sunday, but we’ll let it slide. Pau Gasol injury hurts, but David Lee is a competent stand in.
1. Warriors (41-7)
Off the Golden Gate Bridge, off the scoreboard, off Jerry West, nothing but net. For his next trick, Stephen Curry is going to make everyone forget a 3-1 lead.