DA's Top 15 Rankings: Cavaliers' offense starting to hum
NBA.com Global on Mar 27, 2018 07:56 AM
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) : 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) : Just their seventh home loss of the season Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
3) Golden State Warriors (1-2) : Three weeks of relatively meaningless basketball to follow.
4) Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0) : 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) : 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) : 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) : 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) : Three wins in three days is mighty impressive, no matter the caliber of the opponents.
9) San Antonio Spurs (3-1) : I don’t even know you anymore, Spurs.
10) Utah Jazz (2-2) : 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) : 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) : 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) : John Wall, white courtesy phone. John Wall, please answer white courtesy phone for an urgent message.
14) Milwaukee Bucks (2-2) : Look at me, ma! I’m on “60 Minutes!” No, it’s after the Stormy Daniels thing. After.
15) Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) : Nineteen straight games allowing 100 or more points (average 113.9 allowed per during that stretch).
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