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I hope everyone enjoyed their turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, coloured greens, green bean casserole, corn, sweet potatoes, macaroni, bread, pies and whatever you may have had this past weekend…however, we had ourselves a handful of NBA action this week, and it’s now time for your weekly Power Rankings.

 

  1. Golden State Warriors- 11 straight victories. Yep. They’re unstoppable right now.
  2. San Antonio Spurs- they’ve won 9 straight games and look to be back to their dominant ways.
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers- not much basketball this week for the Cavs as their biggest highlight was LeBron and the gang dancing after an OSU touchdown against Michigan.
  4. Los Angeles Clippers- LA received their 3rd loss this week, but are still playing solid basketball.
  5. Memphis Grizzlies- they’ve won 7 of their last eight games and are looking sharp.
  6. Chicago Bulls- on their five-game road trip they went 3-2 and sit with a 10-6 record.
  7. Toronto Raptors- a rough week that started off with two losses. Also, DeMar DeRozan didn’t score over 26 points in a game. Coming back down to Earth here.
  8. Houston Rockets- they’ve won 4 of their last 5, scoring a lot of points and playing better team defense.
  9. Oklahoma City Thunder- not a great week (2-3) but they’re still a playoff contender.
  10. Boston Celtics- a much better brand of basketball is being played here in Boston. Brad Stevens is doing a good job.
  11. Utah Jazz- finally getting fully healthy, we are starting to see them play better.
  12. Charlotte Hornets– going 1-3 isn’t ideal, but they have some credible losses to some of the hottest teams In the league (Memphis, San Antonio & New York)
  13. Atlanta Hawks- a horrible week was going 1-3, with their only win against Indiana. The Hawks are not the best offensive team, and that’s why they struggled against the Jazz defense in their 95-68 loss.
  14. New York Knicks- in their little three game homestead, the Knicks went 3-0. Their only loss was to Charlotte  at home and home two-game series against each other.
  15. Indiana Pacers- injuries and chemistry are issues Indiana’s dealing with but they still managed to go 2-2 this week. Maybe Paul George’s players only meeting will help boost this team going forward.
  16. Portland Trailblazers- like Indiana, Portland is having the same issues. Struggling defensively and consistency. Portland is still one of the toughest arenas to win in, and they’ve got some home games ahead of them.
  17. Los Angeles Lakers- when you go 1-3 but lose to the Warriors twice, it isn’t as bad as it may seem. It’s hard to think Walton won’t keep getting solid play out of this roster.
  18. Detroit Pistons- they have a solid defense but can struggle to score. Defense ultimately trumps offense, especially when travelling on the road. They’ll stay around the .500 level until Reggie Jackson returns.
  19. New Orleans Pelicans- playing better as their getting to full strength. They’ve won 4 of their last 5.
  20. Milwaukee Bucks- like Cleveland. The Bucks only had two games this week and went 1-1. Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but a chance to rest and practice is never a bad thing.
  21. Sacramento Kings- 2-1 this week with wins over good teams. Sacramento always has good wins and bad losses. Coaching stability for the future would be helpful to get this team back and rolling. Also, a happier Cousins is a better Kings roster.
  22. Denver Nuggets- Denver is playing much better basketball, and if they keep this up, they’ll start showcasing their pieces they want to trade. Plus, they’ll move up in the rankings all across the NBA.
  23. Washington Wizards- John Wall is a great talent, but look at what’s around him…Washington is an okay team with some talent, but they’re too up and down to believe in.
  24. Minnesota Timberwolves- Coach Thibs is already looking to make a deal for a veteran to help mature this team. You can tell this team is talented, but it lacks experience.
  25. Phoenix Suns- good guard play and bad low post game. While Chandler is out and Len is the only big with real NBA experience, the Suns are going to struggle.
  26. Orlando Magic– they’ve lost three straight games to average at best teams. So yes, Orlando isn’t a solid team this season, and they’ll struggle to win with this current roster.
  27. Miami Heat– they’ve lost 4 of 5 but did end the Grizzlies winning streak. I don’t know what to think about this team except that it’s just not very talented. However, Miami fans have to believe Pat Riley knows what he’s doing.
  28. Philadelphia 76ers– not much to talk about except the Joel Embiid is a beast who’s tired of minutes restrictions. When they get Simmons & Noel back, they’ll be more competitive for sure. Still, though, Philly fans have to “trust the process.”
  29. Brooklyn Nets– they’ve lost six straight and don’t look to be turning it around anytime soon. Once Lin is healthy, that’ll give them some more talent, but they’re still a bad team.
  30. Dallas Mavericks– if they continue to struggle I think Cuban will look to blow this team up. It’s sad seeing Dirk end his great career playing on this dumpster fire. They’re 2-13 in their first 15 games and have lost eight straight.

The Grueling Truth NBA Analyst,

Alex Golden

 

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