We interrupt Kobe Bryant's latest ill-advised shooting display to bring you this week's NBA Power Rankings.
We interrupt Kobe Bryant's latest ill-advised shooting display to bring you NBA Power Rankings.
For the first time this season, there's a healthy debate about which team should be No. 1. The Rockets own the league's best defense and inside-outside duo. The Grizzlies have won nine of 10 games, with their only defeat coming by a single point. And the Warriors, who have held down the top spot for the last two weeks, still lead the NBA in net rating.
So who gets to wear the crown this week? The Warriors, once again.
No contender has faced a tougher schedule than Golden State, which has toppled the Kings, Blazers, Clippers and Rockets already. Houston, in contrast, is coming off a one-point win over the 76ers (a game it should have lost) and a heinous victory over the Thunder in which it scored just 69 points. Memphis' slate has been much more legitimate, but it still hasn't been as challenging as Golden State's.
While No. 1 remains the same for the third straight week, there was plenty of movement. The Blazers rise 10 spots to crack the top five, while the Heat tumble nine slots to No. 17.
Let's take a look at the rest of this week's NBA Power Rankings.
(All stats and records are through Nov. 16.)