DA's Top 15 Rankings: Cavaliers' offense starting to hum

NBA.com Global on Mar 27, 2018 07:56 AM
DA's Top 15 Rankings: Cavaliers' offense starting to hum
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 21: Kevin Love #0 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walk off the court following the victory over the Toronto Raptors on March 21, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst

(Last week’s record in parenthesis; last week’s ranking in brackets)

1) Houston Rockets (4-0) [1]: Their win on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the Pelicans set a single-season franchise record (59) -- which they added to on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in beating the Hawks.

2) Toronto Raptors (2-2) [2]: Just their seventh home loss of the season Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

3) Golden State Warriors (1-2) [3]: Three weeks of relatively meaningless basketball to follow.

4) Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0) [7]: Ignore the Cavs’ chances to run right back to The Finals at your peril. Cleveland is averaging a cool 124.3 points per game since Kevin Love’s return last Monday (last Tuesday, PHL time).

5) Boston Celtics (3-0) [5]: Must confess, I thought a “tension wire” was some kind of tissue in the body, like the iliotibial band, until someone explained that it is a piece of actual wire.

6) Portland Trail Blazers (1-2) [4]: They’re closing in on their first 50-win season in four years, and what would be their third under Terry Stotts.

7) Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) [6]: March Carmelo: 13 ppg, 17 total free throws in 11 games, 37.7 percent (52-138) from the floor.

8) New Orleans Pelicans (3-1) [9]: Three wins in three days is mighty impressive, no matter the caliber of the opponents.

9) San Antonio Spurs (3-1) [10]: I don’t even know you anymore, Spurs.

10) Utah Jazz (2-2) [8]: You hate to admit that Man Bun Ricky Rubio is superior to locks-a-flowin’ Ricky Rubio. But, there it is.

11) Philadelphia 76ers (4-0) [13]: With their win over Minnesota Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), the 76ers are guaranteed the franchise’s first winning season since 2004-05.

12) Indiana Pacers (3-1) [12]: The Pacers’ closing schedule, which looked daunting a couple of weeks ago -- two games with the Warriors -- is suddenly much less so, giving Indy a chance at capturing home court in the first round.

13) Washington Wizards (0-3) [11]: John Wall, white courtesy phone. John Wall, please answer white courtesy phone for an urgent message.

14) Milwaukee Bucks (2-2) [14]: Look at me, ma! I’m on “60 Minutes!” No, it’s after the Stormy Daniels thing. After.

15) Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) [15]: Nineteen straight games allowing 100 or more points (average 113.9 allowed per during that stretch).

Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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