I’ve decided that I’ll do a power rankings list from here untill the end of the season. Why? Because I think it’s fun. It’s only going to be a short list of the top five teams, but it makes me feel important. On with the list!
- San Antonio Spurs– No explanation should be needed. When you are this far ahead of the rest of the league in terms of W-L then there really isn’t a debate to be had.
- Dallas Mavericks– Dallas is hot again and looking like a serious contender out West. They have some of the best wins of the season and if it hadn’t been for Dirk’s injury then one has to think they’d be, at max, only a couple of games behind the Spurs for best record in the league.
- Chicago Bulls– Yea, I’m taking the plunge. Chicago is a couple of games in the loss column behind Boston, but Boston’s recent move has forced me to consider Chicago as the best team in the East. Also, if we are to say that there are 8 elite teams, 4 being in each conference, Chicago now has wins over each of the other 7. That’s impressive. Really impressive.
- Boston Celtics– Like I said, the loss of Kendrick Perkins makes this team less complete. I understand that they think Shaq is good enough to replace him, but Shaq is rarely healthy. I don’t disagree with the move because I get that they weren’t going to be able to pay what he was going to demand. However, it does hurt them in the short run.
- L.A. Lakers– People were leaving them for dead after there 3 game losing streak, but since then they have won 4 in a row and before that losing streak they won 4 in a row. That means they have won 8 our of their last 11. However, let’s look at some of these 8 wins shall we? New York, Boston, Memphis, New Orleans, Portland, and OKC. ALL AWAY. Throw in a win at home over Atlanta, and that’s 7 our of their 8 wins being over winning teams, and 6 of those being on the road. Sorry, but that says contender, and it isn’t even close.
The obvious omission is Miami. Here is the problem though, three of these teams (Dallas, Chicago, and Boston) all own multiple wins over Miami without having lost to them. The Spurs have also beaten Miami one time w/o a loss to them. The only team that I think a case can be made for is for Miami to be put in instead of L.A., but I just showed you that in the last 11 games L.A. has beaten 7 winning teams, 6 of them on the road. Everyone knows by this point that Miami has a losign record against the winning teams. Frankly, I just don’t think Miami’s body of work stacks up to these other teams.