NBA PLAYOFF POWER RANKINGS: A New Number 1
This week we celebrate a new number one, plus a final word on the bottom four before they drop off the rankings and join the Washington Wizards as “teams that didn’t make it to the conference finals in 2012.”
1. San Antonio Spurs (Last Week: 2)
Winners of nineteen games in a row and game 1 victory over the Thunder are all it took to finally move into the number one spot. Quit whining, you finally got here.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (Last Week: 1)
A positive take away from Sunday’s game? They kept it close and it took San Antonio’s best game to close them out. The bad news? The Spurs haven’t had many games lately where you DON’T get their best.
3. Miami Heat (Last Week: 4)
The Celtics are banged up, but know how to win. Miami is going to have to remain focused and make this a physical series. Will Pat Riley send in one of his thugs to try and get Kevin Garnett suspended? Let’s hope so!
4. Boston Celtics (Last Week: 6)
No remaining contender has been counted out more times this year than Boston. Can Rondo, Garnett, Allen, and Pierce piece together another four wins to advance? I know enough not to predict that it can’t happen. Keeping up with Miami’s new physical identity and frustrating the Big Two will be the keys to this series.
A final word for the recently eliminated:
5. Philadelphia 76ers (Last Week: 5)
Philly became the definition of a tough out. I lost track of how many Celtic daggers were dropped only to see the 76ers come back down the court and answer. With a mix of veterans and youth this is an interesting team to figure…are they on their way up or was this their peak? Tune in to the NBA 2012-2013 edition. It’s FANTASTIC!
6. Indiana Pacers (Last Week: 3)
A disappointing finish for a team that briefly looked to have major upset in their eyes, now the questions…will Larry Bird stay? Will the team trade some of their role players for an impact (and risky) player? Oh, and will Larry Bird stay!
7. Los Angeles Clippers (Last Week: 8)
Two points to summarize the Clippers year. First, the Chris Paul trade worked exactly as hoped and second, this is a team on the way up.
8. Los Angeles Lakers (Last Week: 7)
Two points to summarize the Lakers year. First, the (nixed) Chris Paul trade ended up defining their season, and second, this is a team on the way down.
By: David. S. Grant
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