Not a whole lot of movement in the standings, but there has been some. The Oklahoma City Thunder are surging, the Cleveland Cavaliers are falling, and a number of teams are dealing with injuries and/or making moves before the trade deadline. Here are this week’s NBA Power Rankings from the Thunder Guys. Let us know what you think, and whether we got it right or wrong.
- Golden State Warriors (40-10): The Warriors bounced back from a loss to Houston early in the week with a solid win over Boston on Saturday night. The loss to Houston shouldn’t bother them much as they won the previous matchup a few weeks ago.
- Houston Rockets (35-13): Houston is clearly the second best team in the league in my opinion. When they have a healthy lineup, they are hard to beat.
- Boston Celtics (35-15): The Celtics seem like the only real threat coming from the East right now. Boston may be the team that ends LeBron’s reign over the Eastern Conference.
- Toronto Raptors (33-15): Maybe it’s because they’re up north in Canada, but you just don’t hear a lot about Toronto, especially for how good they’ve been this year. The Raptors may have a thing or two to say about the Celtics being the best in the East.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (30-20): The Thunder is without a doubt the hottest team in the NBA right now. They’ve got the longest winning streak, and it doesn’t look like they’ll slow down soon. If they can overcome the loss of Andre Roberson, I like where this team is at right now.
- Minnesota Timberwolves (32-20): Minnesota could be a tough team to deal with in the playoffs. However, they’re gonna need to find more consistency if they wanna be serious contenders.
- San Antonio Spurs (33-19): I think we are witnessing the fall of the Spurs. Dealing with injuries all year long, I’ve wondered how long they can keep this solid play up. It may be finally slipping away from them.
- Miami Heat (28-21): The Heat is still in a spot where they can cause some trouble in the East. I’m not sure they are conference champion contenders, but I do think they make it past the first round at this point.
- New Orleans Pelicans (27-22): It’s a shame that DeMarcus Cousins is out for the season, because this team is playing great basketball right now. However, without one of their All-Stars, I’m not sure they can keep it up.
- Cleveland Cavaliers (29-19): The Cavs finally got a win at the end of the week to end their losing streak. I think it’s safe to say the situation in Cleveland is a lot worse than I had thought.
- Golden State Warriors (40-10): The Warriors are the first team to hit 40 wins this season, and the next closest teams are still five games away, so this isn’t even a close call. Golden State is already considered the Western Conference champion, and that very well should be the case in May.
- Houston Rockets (35-13): Trevor Ariza is the one injured now, but he shouldn’t be gone for too long. Houston has won five of the last six and eight of the last 10. As long as the Rockets can stay healthy, they’re going to be very difficult to beat in the postseason.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (30-20): The Thunder are riding the league’s longest active win streak at eight, and they have some quality wins in there, but the loss of Andre Roberson is devastating. OKC has a tough week ahead playing at Washington, at Denver, at home against the Pelicans, followed by what should be an easy win at home against the Lakers.
- Toronto Raptors (33-15): The Raptors have stumbled a bit lately, winning just five of their last 10, but the East is weak, and they’re holding strong at number two.
- Boston Celtics (35-15): Losing five of the last six is bad, but somehow the Celtics remain atop the East. That may change by next week, though.
- San Antonio Spurs (33-19): The Spurs keep winning without Kawhi Leonard, but their schedule has been pretty favorable so far. I’m just not convinced they can maintain what they’re doing with an injury-plagued roster.
- Minnesota Timberwolves (32-20): The Timberwolves are on the brink of losing the four-spot in the West, but Jimmy Butler is back from injury. They don’t exactly have an easy week ahead of them, though.
- Cleveland Cavaliers (29-19): The Cavs have won two in a row after dropping 10 out of 13, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to ease the drama going on in Cleveland. The All-Star Break could not come fast enough for this squad.
- Miami Heat (28-21): For a team with no All-Stars, they sure are faring well. Their run in the second half of the season was incredible, but they’re looking more and more like a playoff team these days.
- New Orleans Pelicans (27-22): Losing DeMarcus Cousins is a crushing blow to a team that was playing its best basketball all season, and now they’re just hoping they can make the playoffs. The West is stacked, and the bottom seeds are particularly close right now, but if Anthony Davis can find a way to prove to people that he’s a winner, they should be fine.
3 to Watch
- Washington Wizards (27-22): The Wizards are in a funny situation if you ask me. They have the talent, but this team seriously lacks passion and effort.
- Los Angeles Clippers (25-24): The Clippers have been on the rise now that they’re finally somewhat healthy. However, with recent trade rumors about Blake Griffin, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this team.
- Indiana Pacers (27-23): Indiana is a team that has been on the come up for awhile now, but they’ve never really taken that next step. Keep an eye out on the Pacers to see if they can peak at the right time before the season ends.
- Milwaukee Bucks (26-22): The competition has been weak, but the Bucks have won three in a row to move into sixth in the East, and they have a very manageable schedule leading into the All-Star Break in a couple of weeks.
- Washington Wizards (27-22): John Wall having to miss time due to injury could be key to the Wizards success moving forward, but some people think they’re better off without him. Either way, despite Bradley Beal’s heroic efforts so far, Washington has underperformed so far this season.
- Denver Nuggets (26-23): I can’t really find a reason for the Nuggets to be doing as well as they are, but they’ve got the one of the league’s best records at home. They very well may make the playoffs.
- Orlando Magic (14-34): Orlando may have one fewer loss than the Hawks, but they’ve lost 8 out of their last 10 games. I bet this team can’t wait for the offseason.
- Atlanta Hawks (14-35): The Hawks took a step in the right direction as they won four out of their last ten games. Doesn’t seem great, but it’s better than the Magic.
- Sacramento Kings (15-34): There were such high hopes for this young Sacramento squad coming into this season. Maybe it was just too soon and these guys need time to mature.
- Dallas Mavericks (16-34): Not a whole lot has changed with this Mavs team over the last few weeks. I guess you can say one thing about this team, they’re consistent.
- Phoenix Suns (17-33): The Suns make their way back into the Bottom 5 this week. It’s been a long time coming, and at this rate it looks like they’re here to stay.
- Atlanta Hawks (14-35): The Hawks are right back at the top of the Bottom 5 after losing three straight. I can’t even begin to figure out what might be a positive for Atlanta.
- Orlando Magic (14-34): The Magic somehow beat the Celtics in Boston only to lose to the Sacramento Kings at home two nights later. The young talent in Orlando doesn’t mean much when there’s no real leadership.
- Sacramento Kings (15-34): Winners of two of their last three, the Kings moves up a few spots, but they’ve still lost 12 of their last 15. Another young team that isn’t going to do much for the rest of the season, Sacramento might as well just make the best of their situation.
- Dallas Mavericks (16-34): After a nine-game stretch where the Mavs won six games, they have now won just one of their last seven. Dallas has a few winnable games coming up, so at least there’s that.
- Phoenix Suns (17-33): The Suns were also winners of six games during a nine-game stretch, but since then, Phoenix has gone 2-9. On top of that, Devin Booker was ejected a couple of nights ago, showing a complete lack of composure. This team is struggling.