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NBA Power Rankings: The Warriors can't be stopped

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NBA Power Rankings: The Warriors can't be stopped

Yes, it's repetitive at this point and you've seen it everywhere. But it will bear repeating until they slow down (if they ever do): The Warriors are ridiculous.

Sunday night they squared off against the Brooklyn Nets on the road and found themselves down five late in the third quarter. It was then that Steph Curry hit the switch, scoring 10 of the Warriors' 17 points in the final 3 minutes to take a seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. A 17-5 run in an instant, and they opened the final stanza scoring 22 of the first 31 points and led by 20 in what became yet another laugher, moving them to 22-0 on the year.

If the Pacers can't knock them off Monday, there's a good chance they'll be 28-0 when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day.

The Bulls' mark of 72 wins now seems well within their reach. No one should feel safe playing the defending champs. We're watching history.

On to the rankings:

Previous power rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Rank (LW) Team
Record Comment
1 (1) (22-0) If they get past Indiana on Monday they're looking at being 28-0 on Christmas Day against the Cavs. Us NBA fans are spoiled right now.
(2) (17-4) Kawhi Leonard has posted a career-high in both usage rate and true shooting percentage. That's downright impressive.
(7) (13-4)  Their defense hasn't dropped off in the slightest. Once Goran Dragic gets going the Heat will be downright scary. A credit to Erik Spoelstra.
4 (5) (12-7) He won't win it, but Paul George has a serious case as the NBA's Most Improved Player again. Averaging 27.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.
5 (3) (13-7)  They've now lost three straight as no Kyrie and Shumpert appears to be finally taking its toll. Luckily, both should return this month.
6 (4) (12-8)  Not an eye-opening week for the Thunder, but once they figure out how to play under Billy Donovan the Thunder will be right in the thick of it.
7 (8) (10-5)  It certainly hasn't been pretty but the Bulls are just one-half game out of the top seed in the East. Still, they haven't scored 100 points in six straight.
8 (10) (11-8)  They had the Warriors on the ropes and earned a tough road win over the Bulls, doing so in both games without the injured Al Jefferson. Steve Clifford for COY?
9 (6) (12-9)  They were one or two ridiculous Steph Curry shots from pulling off the upset. Less impressive was a loss to the Nuggets two days earlier.
10 (11) (13-9)  Mike Budenholzer's group is an impressive 6-2 against the West, with wins over Memphis and Oklahoma City to their name.
11 (9) (12-9)  The Marquette alum in me loved seeing Wesley Matthews connect on 10 3-pointers Sunday night against the Wizards.
12 (12) (12-9)  And so the roller coaster continues. Important wins over the Pelicans and Suns with a blowout loss to the Spurs sandwiched in-between.
13 (12) (11-9)  Now the NBA's third most efficient defense, the Celtics' road win over the Heat on Monday was an impressive one.
14 (15) (11-9)  They had won five straight before losing a late lead against the Clippers on the road. Even so, the Magic appear postseason-bound thus far.
15 (20) (10-11)  There we go. Some room for optimism after the Rockets win three straight, with James Harden averaging 26.7/6.7/8.0 in the process.
16 (14) (11-9)  They'll play 12 of their next 14 games away from Staples Center. Thursday night in Chicago should be a good test for both teams.
17 (17) (9-9)  Life without Rudy Gobert has been difficult as the Jazz have dropped to 11th in defensive efficiency. Still, the win over Indiana was impressive.
18 (21) (12-9)  Reggie Jackson has averaged 27 points per game during the Pistons' four-game win streak. In all those games they've scored 100+ points.
19 (22) (9-12) If they can find a consistent third scorer behind Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, the playoffs won't be out of the question.
20 (23) (10-11)  Your weekly Kristaps Porzingis update: 16.9 points on 50 percent shooting, 10.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in his last 10 games. The Knicks hit a home run at No. 4.
21 (19) (8-11) Karl-Anthony Towns had his best game as a pro on Saturday, going for 27 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in a loss to the Blazers.
22 (16) (8-13)  They've lost eight of nine, including a heartbreaker in Memphis on a last-second alley-oop to Jeff Green. A nightmare of a schedule, yes, but 1-8 is 1-8.
23 (26) (5-15) The Pellies are a different team with Tyreke Evans in the lineup. In his return, he's averaged 14.7 points and 9.3 assists. The OT win against the Cavs was huge.
24 (18) (8-10) Cruise past the Cavaliers on the road and lose to the Lakers at home the following night. And now the schedule gets more difficult in December.
25 (25) (8-13)  In the midst of a disappointing season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is again improving, shooting better than 50 percent from the field and nearly 85 percent from the stripe.
26 (27) (8-13) They had a chance to beat the Bulls on the road, and followed that up with a win in Toronto and Philadelphia. Baby steps.
27 (24) (7-15)  Sunday night's loss to Oklahoma City was a backbreaker; the Kings led by six with less than 2 minutes to play.
28 (28) (5-15) Who would've thought the Nets would play the Warriors the closest? After almost beating them in Oakland, they led by five late in the third before Steph went Steph.
29 (29) (3-17)  Kobe Bryant is shooting 27-for-104 (25.9 percent) since announcing his retirement. Do you, Black Mamba. We'll see you Feb. 21 at the United Center for one last go-round.
30 (30) (1-20)  Earning their first win of the year had to feel good, even if it came against Kobe and the circus that is the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

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NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

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Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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