BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger
NBA Power Rankings (week 14) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis.
1. San Antonio Spurs (2) – The Spurs won their 2 games this week against the Bobcats and the Wizards. That marks 10 wins in a row for them, and a 38-11 record, which is best in the league. Tim Duncan left the game against the Wizards so hopefully that isn’t too serious.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (1) – Oklahoma has lost 2 of their last 3 games. They lost to the Lakers and to the Cavs. They have 3 games this week and I believe they should rebound and come away with 3 wins.
3. L.A. Clippers (3) – Lob city is just 5-5 their last 10 games. They have 7 of their next 8 games on the road. They need to finish these next two weeks strong going into the All-Star break to keep a safe distance between them and Denver, Memphis, and Golden State.
4. Denver Nuggets (5) – The Nuggets are hot! They have won their last 6 games and they are 8-2 their last 10 games. They had an awesome January racking up 12 wins in the month. They have 6 games before the break, 4 of them on the road.
5. Memphis Grizzlies (4) – I moved the Grizzlies down this week because they traded Rudy Gay. Their ownership is not committed to winning, they are committed to making money. This is the reason why they will never win it all.
6. Golden State Warriors (6) – The Warriors have a tough week ahead of them. 4 games on the road. They play Houston, Oklahoma City, Memphis, and Dallas. As long as they have a decent week this week they should be able to finish strong before the break.
7. Utah Jazz (7) – 4 out of Utah’s next 6 games are at home. That is good for Utah because they are terrible on the road. If the Jazz plan to make the playoffs they will have to improve on the road.
8. Houston Rockets (8) – Houston also has 6 games before the All-Star break, and 5 of those games are against quality opponents. They have 2 against Golden State, they Miami, Lob City, and Portland in the next two weeks. Good Luck!!
• On The Bubble: Portland Trail Blazers
1. Miami Heat (1) – The Heat are just 6-4 their last 10 games, and they have lost 2 out of their last 3. The Heat have 7 games before the All-Star break, with a big week next week. They play the Lakers, Portland, and the Thunder before heading to Houston for All-Star weekend.
2. New York Knicks (2) – The Knicks are on a bit of a role. They have won 4 games in a row and have pulled even with the Heat again. They only have 5 games before the break and only of those games is against a quality opponent.
3. Brooklyn Nets (3) – With a win against Chicago on Friday keeps Brooklyn in the number 3 spot. 4 out of their remaining 6 games before the break are against quality opponents.
4. Chicago Bulls (5) – The Bulls made their move in January and once they get Derrick Rose back, which I hear might be after the All- Star break they are going to make a run for that number one spot in the East.
5. Indiana Pacers (4) – The Pacers had a quality win against Miami on Friday holding them to just 89 points. They have one of their back-to-back-to-backs this coming week. They play Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia in 3 nights.
6. Atlanta Hawks (7) – Atlanta continues to struggle heading into the break. They are still 5-5 their last 10 and I believe they need to make a trade to mix things up a bit.
7. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – The Bucks have a back-to-back against Denver and Utah, if they are able to have two good games there they should be able to head into the break on a positive note.
8. Boston Celtics (8) – Surprise! The Celtics are 4-0 without Rondo. They have 5 games left with 3 of those being good teams. I’m guessing they will lose before the break.
• On The Bubble: Philadelphia 76ers