NBA Power Rankings: Pacers hold onto No. 1

Marc J Spears
Yahoo SportsNovember 18, 2013

 

 

Indiana
Indiana

1. Indiana Pacers (9-1; last week's ranking: 1): The Pacers tied the franchise record with a 9-0 start before losing to Chicago on Saturday. Danny Granger is expected to soon return.


San Antonio
San Antonio

2. San Antonio Spurs (9-1; last week's ranking: 2): The Spurs have won seven straight and are 4-0 at home. Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.


Miami
Miami

3. Miami Heat (7-3; last week's ranking: 5): The Heat finally look like they're back to their winning ways with a three-game streak. LeBron James has averaged 34 points during the three straight wins.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

4. Los Angeles Clippers (7-3; last week's ranking: 7): The Clippers have won four straight. Blake Griffin is quieting naysayers with a double-double average of 22.9 points and 10.9 rebounds.


Golden State
Golden State

5. Golden State Warriors (7-3; last week's ranking: 8): The Warriors have won three straight games. The Warriors are running low on healthy players.


 

Portland
Portland

6. Portland Trail Blazers (8-2; last week's ranking: 11): The surprising Blazers have won six straight. Damian Lillard faces the Bulls' Derrick Rose for the first time Friday.


Minnesota
Minnesota

7. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4; last week's ranking: 4): Kevin Garnett returns to Minnesota when Brooklyn visits on Friday. Garnett led the T'wolves to their last playoff appearance in 2004.


Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

8. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3; last week's ranking: 3): The Thunder have a chance to avenge a testy loss to the Clippers at home Thursday. What kind of reception will Matt Barnes get?


Houston
Houston

9. Houston Rockets (7-4; last week's ranking: 9): Omer Asik has been benched two straight games since his trade request. Keep an eye on Dec. 15 when offseason signees can be included in trades.


Dallas
Dallas

10. Dallas Mavericks (6-4; last week's ranking: 13): What will owner Mark Cuban say when Houston's Dwight Howard visits Wednesday for the first time since Howard rejected the Mavs' free-agent advances?


Phoenix
Phoenix

11. Phoenix Suns (5-4; last week's ranking: 6): The Suns' last three losses have been by an average of two points. Journeyman guard Gerald Green is averaging 13.1 points.


Chicago
Chicago

12. Chicago Bulls (5-3; last week's ranking: 14): Derrick Rose scored 20 points for the first time this season in a win over Indiana on Saturday. Rose averaged over 20 points in each of the three seasons he played before having knee surgery.


Atlanta
Atlanta

13. Atlanta Hawks (6-4; last week's ranking: 17): The Hawks received a scoring boost with the recent return of Lou Williams, who averaged 14.1 points last season.


Memphis
Memphis

14. Memphis Grizzlies (5-5; last week's ranking: 10): The Grizzlies reached .500 with a win in Sacramento. Memphis is on the road against the Clippers and Warriors next.


Charlotte
Charlotte

15. Charlotte Bobcats (5-5; last week's ranking: 16): After facing Chicago on Monday, Charlotte will play five of its next six games at home. Al Jefferson is still hampered by a bad ankle.

 

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

16. Philadelphia 76ers (5-6, last week's ranking: 12): The Sixers have lost four of their past five games and have a losing record, but are still in first in the horrible Atlantic Division.


Denver
Denver

17. Denver Nuggets (4-5; last week's ranking: 28): The Nuggets are on the right track after winning three of their past four games. Oklahoma City, Chicago and a back-to-back with Dallas await.


New Orleans
New Orleans

18. New Orleans Pelicans (4-6; last week's ranking: 18): Ryan Anderson scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers, in his return from a broken toe last Saturday against the Sixers.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

19. Los Angeles Lakers (5-7; last week's ranking: 20): Golden State visits on Friday. Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon the last time the Lakers hosted the Warriors. Could this be his return?


Cleveland
Cleveland

20. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7; last week's ranking: 21): Guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 27.5 points in wins – including 41 in his last game – and 17.7 points in losses.


Toronto
Toronto

21. Toronto Raptors (4-7; last week's ranking: 24): The Raptors have dropped three of their past four games and need someone other than Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to score.


Orlando
Orlando

22. Orlando Magic (4-6; last week's ranking: 25): Despite lots of interest in guard Arron Afflalo last summer, the Magic refused to trade him. Smart move. Afflalo is averaging a team-high 21.7 points.


Boston
Boston

23. Boston Celtics (4-7; last week's ranking: 26): Ex-Celtics star Paul Pierce said he doesn't feel bad for Rajon Rondo still being in Boston because Rondo now gets a chance to be the face of the franchise.

 

Detroit
Detroit

24. Detroit Pistons (3-6; last week's ranking: 15): Pistons newcomer Josh Smith goes to Atlanta on Wednesday to face the Hawks for the first time since leaving last offseason.


New York
New York

25. New York Knicks (3-6; last week's ranking: 16): Carmelo Anthony, a free-agent-to-be, continues to express frustration saying, "We ain't playing worth a [expletive] right now."


Brooklyn
Brooklyn

26. Brooklyn Nets (3-6; last week's ranking: 22): Deron Williams (ankle), Paul Pierce (groin), Kevin Garnett (ankle), Brook Lopez (ankle) and Andrei Kirilenko (back) are all hampered by injuries.


Washington
Washington

27. Washington Wizards (2-7; last week's ranking: 19): After a poor start for a team that has aspirations to make the playoffs for first time since 2008, coach Randy Wittman could be on the hot seat.

 

Milwaukee
Milwaukee

28. Milwaukee Bucks (2-7; last week's ranking: 27): Milwaukee, loser of five straight games, is hopeful that Brandon Knight (hamstring) and Caron Butler (shoulder) will be back soon.


Sacramento
Sacramento

29. Sacramento Kings (2-7; last week's ranking: 29): The Kings have yet to win back-to-back games this season and have only one win in November. Three of the next four games are on the road.


Utah
Utah

30. Utah Jazz (1-10; last week's ranking: 30) The Jazz's first win in nine games prevented them from matching their worst start since opening their inaugural 1974-75 season with 11 consecutive losses.