NBA Power rankings and standings for week 4
Sad ending for week 3 of the young NBA season for both the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzles.
The swift announcement Monday morning that Derrick Rose is indeed out for the season after another major knee injury, even if you were expecting Rose’s surgery to produce such a dire diagnosis, hit the league hard. And seeing the Memphis Grizzlies lose Marc Gasol indefinitely to a knee injury of his own certainly didn’t help, even though Gasol’s will not require surgery.
The resulting hunt for something (anything) resembling a pick-me-up could take us only to Portland, where the Blazers have extended their improbable winning streak to a whopping 10 games, with three of the victories in a 4-0 week coming on the road.
The defending champs from Miami did nothing terribly wrong in the past seven days besides flirting Saturday night with a home loss to Orlando … but your NBA Power Rankings committee (of one), in the circumstances, couldn’t resist. The Blazers have been bumped up four spots to No. 3 in this week’s most significant move in the top 10 — one spot ahead of No. 4 Miami. This is partly a reward for giving us at least one upbeat headline to stack up against all the bad injury news, and also a result of the rampantly bad basketball coming from two-thirds of the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies remain at No. 14 despite the loss of Gasol and the Bulls have tumbled to No. 18, as a result of the huge Derrick Rose loss. The Nuggets with their recent play jumped six spots to No. 11.
NBA Teams standings 1-30 with records and last week’s rankings in parenthesis are as followed:
1 San Antonio Spurs (13-1 LW: 2)- The Spurs continue to roll as Tim Duncan continues to put up less than average numbers and three of their wins have come against teams without winning records, but yet they sport the leagues only double-digit nightly average point margin.
2 Indiana Pacers (13-1 LW: 1)- Cleary the class of the East as of now and they are getting it done with defense as Paul George and Roy Hibbert who already has blocked at least five shots in seven of the 13 games this season are getting it done early.
3 Portland Trailblazers (13-2 LW: 7)- Jumping four spots in our top 10 are the Blazers who despite beating up on the sub-.500 teams to get to 13-2 on their 11-game win streak, let’s not forget six of the Blazers 10-straight wins were on the road.
4 Miami Heat (11-3 LW: 3)- With the only hiccup in the week being that they had to claw back from a 16-point deficit to the Orlando Magic and losses to Philly and Boston in the rear view mirror, they seem to be getting back to the team that we all know.
5 Los Angeles Clippers (10-5 LW: 4)- The Clips survived a tough five-game stretch in which they lost a tough home game against the Grizzles and ended it by beating the Bulls by 39 points.
6 Oklahoma City Thunder (9-3 LW: 8)- The Thunder are just one of five teams that have not lost at home, joining Indy, San Antonio, Dallas and Chicago. Sitting down Russell Westbrook against the hapless Jazz was a good move in light of what the Thunder are asking him to do on a nightly basis.
7 Golden State Warriors (8-6 LW: 5)- Warriors are 8-2 when their complement of players are on the court, but they will be challenged as they get set to play seven of the next eight on the road.
8 Houston Rockets (10-5 LW: 9)- The Rockets let James Harden rest his nagging foot that has been a nuisance since Mid-October. The key when he gets back is letting Chandler Parsons get enough touches of the rock behind Dwight and Harden.
9 Dallas Mavericks (9-6 LW: 11)- Monta Ellis leads the Mavs in scoring to finally get the much needed help to Dirk Nowitski who has led Dallas in scoring every year since the 2000-01 season. A welcome relief finally.
10 Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8 LW: 6)- Beating Brooklyn helped the T’Wolves avoid going 0-4, however they were no match for the Pacers on the road on Monday night.
11 Denver Nuggets (7-6 LW: 17)- The recent Nuggets success can be attributed to winning at home again and Kenneth Faried scoring six double-doubles in seven games after having just one in his first five games.
12 Phoenix Suns (7-7, LW: 12)- Electric Eric Bledsoe has been slowed by a bruised shin, but responded with road wins in Charlotte and Orlando. The Suns did suffer a lopsided defeat in Miami on Monday night.
13 Atlanta Hawks (8-6 LW: 13)- Hawks are only one of three teams with a winning record in the East. They did lose a bad home game to the Celtics… but they are in the East and winning in a weak conference.
14 Memphis Grizzles (7-7 LW: 14)- The Grizzles were just starting to heat up sweeping all four of the California teams in a span of six days…. Then Marc Gasol goes down on Friday night with a knee sprain and news is no surgery required, but will be sidelined around 2 months.
15 Los Angeles Lakers (7-7 LW: 19)- The Lakers to this point have silenced the nay-sayers with their .500 record.. and all without Kobe Bryant who is expected to return soon. Pau Gasol is heating up in Kobe’s absence having racked up eight double-doubles.
16 New Orleans Pelicans (6-7 LW: 18)- Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is the only player close to Hibbert in terms of games (five) with at least five blocks. They were no match on the road Monday night against the Spurs.
17 Charlotte Bobcats (7-8)- The Bobcats are 4-3 on the road, which is good news considering they were 9-65 over the previous two seasons. Al Jefferson has been in and out of the lineup with ankle issues. The lost at home Monday night against Boston.
18 Chicago Bulls (6-7 LW: 10)- Just sad news all-around for the Chicago Bulls who now realize they will once again have to play the rest of the season without their star Derrick Rose who suffered a major knee injury at Portland. Sad, sad, sad.
19 Toronto Raptors (6-7 LW: 22)- Liken the NFL’s NFC East, the NBA’s Atlantic Division is just the same…. Bad! One game under .500 and they are in first place. Go figure?
20 Philadelphia Sixers (6-9 LW: 16)- Still playing better then expected and despite their record… are in second place in the Atlantic Division at only one game back… huh?
21 Washington Wizards (5-8)- Still struggling early on… but G John Wall scored 30 points in consecutive games. It’s safe to say the Wizards go as John Wall goes.
22 Detroit Pistons (6-8 LW: 27)- Josh Smith… the new ‘face’ of the franchise is finding it difficult being ‘the man’ as he has been benched more then once and was booed on his return to Atlanta.
23 Orlando Magic (4-9 LW: 21)- Victor Oladipo has been inserted into the starting lineup… and as the face of the Magic future… seems like a good move.
24 Boston Celtics (6-10 LW: 25)- Celts halted their six-game skid at Atlanta and the good news is that the schedule will lighten up after facing Portland, San Antonio and Indiana in a space of a week.
25 Sacramento Kings (4-9)- With the ‘one-man show’ of DeMarcus Cousins not getting any support, talk around Kings camp is some possible moves coming up.
26 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-10 LW: 20)- Kyrie Irving is frustrated as the Cavs along with Andrew Bynum are underachieving in a weak Eastern Conference. LeBron will be making his return visit to Cleveland on Wednesday.
27 New York Knicks (3-10 LW: 24)- The Knicks just went winless at home in November with a relatively easy schedule, now must pack their bags and head West where it won’t get any easier as they already lost on Monday night in Portland.
28 Brooklyn Nets (3-10 LW: 23)- Just a horrible start to a Nets team that came in having great promise, but an ailing D. Williams is not helping.
29 Milwaukee Bucks (2-11 LW: 28)- If it weren’t for the Utah Jazz, the Bucks would be at the bottom… but an array of early season injuries isn’t helping their cause.
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