More than a month into the NBA season, things are finally starting to settle down.
Some teams that got off to surprisingly quick starts have fallen back to earth, while others who continue to prove their naysayers wrong.
And as the dust settles, the NBA Power Rankings are going back to the future, with Western Conference teams once again setting the pace among the league's elite teams.
While Los Angeles' two powerhouses lead the way, teams like the Mavericks, Nuggets, and Rockets are also off to good starts.
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BOSTON -- Beyond the Black Friday sales and the turkey with all the fixings - and the tryptophan-induced naps to follow - this time of year serves as a reminder for many just how fortunate they are.
Especially in the NBA with several teams - the Boston Celtics included - having lots to be thankful for this season.
Boston has been among the top teams in the Eastern Conference despite a slew of injuries and illnesses to key players and a roster full of youthful, inexperienced players who have collectively played with a maturity beyond their years.
Because of their play and the growth of the team’s young-vets like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics are poised to remain among the top teams in the East with seemingly someone new stepping up whenever one of their core players goes down.
But by no means are the Celtics in exclusive company.
There are a number of teams who can relate to how Boston has managed to overcome less-than-ideal circumstances.
And for those teams near the back of the pack or stuck in the middle, there’s a lot of season left to play which for them is indeed something to be thankful for.
And with that, here’s the Thanksgiving edition of the NBC Sports Boston power rankings.
The Warriors' honeymoon is definitely over.
After injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant derailed their championship hopes and witnessing Durant head to Brooklyn in free agency, this season was already going to be a challenge.
But Golden State's rough start was compounded Wednesday night when Steph Curry suffered a broken hand in a loss to Phoenix, plunging their season into a cloud of uncertainty.
So with the NBA's most recent juggernaut off the mountaintop, that creates a power struggle at the top. Which teams are ready to take the mantle?
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