Every single Monday until the NBA Finals are complete, I’ll be giving you a recap of the most important things from the past NBA week. I’ll give you my power rankings for the top ten teams in the league and name a couple of players with surprising performances. Finally, I will go through some of the best and worst moments from the past week.
Week 5 Power Rankings
- Boston Celtics (16-2) // Previously #1
- Golden State Warriors (13-4) // Previously #2
- Houston Rockets (13-4) // Previously #3
- Minnesota Timberwolves (10-7) // Previously #4
- San Antonio Spurs (11-6) // Previously Unranked
- Toronto Raptors (11-5) // Previously Unranked
- New Orleans Pelicans (9-8) // Previously #5
- Cleveland Cavaliers (10-7) // Previously #9
- Portland Trail Blazers (10-7) // Previously Unranked
- Denver Nuggets (10-7) // Previously #10
(Stats are from last weeks games only)
- James Harden (38.3 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 8.3 Assists, 1.7 Steals, 0.7 Blocks)
- Kyrie Irving (29.5 Points, 3.8 Rebounds, 5.5 Assists, 0.8 Steals, 0.5 Blocks)
- Spencer Dinwiddie (19.3 Points, 3.3 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 1 Steals, 0.7 Blocks)
- Lamarcus Aldridge (23.8 Points, 8.8 Rebounds, 2.5 Assists, 0.3 Steals, 0.8 Blocks)
- Jaylen Brown (21.3 Points, 6 Rebounds, 0.8 Assists, 1.8 Steals, 0.5 Blocks)
1. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are unbelievable. They’re all everyone’s been talking about for weeks. After all, they haven’t lost since week one of the regular season, so it makes sense. After fracturing his face, masked Kyrie returned to average nearly 30 points so far, and possibly the #1 candidate for most improved player, Jaylen Brown has been a huge surprise since the Gordon Hayward injury, averaging 16 points and 7 rebounds this season. How much longer could they possibly last?
2. Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
This is the most annoyed I’ve been missing an NBA game in a long time. I watched the highlights, studied the box score, and somewhat followed the score of the game, but I have a feeling those statistics don’t give the game justice. The 76ers came out on fire, outscoring the Warriors by 19 first quarter points. They followed it up with another impressive quarter, putting them out to a 22 point lead. Not to be outdone, the Warriors destroyed the Sixers’ lead, and even jolting out to a 10 point lead in the third quarter alone. The rest of the game seemed calm, and Steph Curry scored 35 points in route to a Warriors’ win.
In this segment, I am building off of “The Starters” from NBATV. Every Friday, they have a segment called, “Worst of the Week,” where they basically shame a certain part of the NBA, whether that be a player, a coach, an idea, or even an entire team. Go check them out here.
1. Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns
This game, I did watch. Even though I’m glad I did, it was a sorry performance by the Phoenix Suns. Anytime a team allows 90 points in one half, it is sure to be a sad game to watch, and that it was. Even with the Chris Paul injury, Harden rallied his troops to a 25-point lead after the first two quarters. While it may have been entertaining, the second half was disgraceful to basketball. Literally, zero defense was played and the players were scattered around on offense throwing slow and meaningless passes. It was quite boring until Chinese Rockets’ big man, Zhou Qi, got an opportunity, blocking two shots in limited minutes.
2. Kyle Anderson
I’m one of the lone NBA fans that can appreciate the art of flopping. Being a huge fan of Demarcus Cousins, Vlade Divac, and Lebron James, three notorious floppers, I have no problem seeing NBA players put their bodies on the line for the good of their teams, even if their movement is a little exaggerated. What I do have a problem with, is when a player doesn’t admit his act, like Kyle Anderson did last week. On Twitter, Anderson stated “Difference between flopping and selling it. Dude reached across my body and got my arm did what my dad taught me as a kid when that happens try to sell the foul. Flopping is when u dont get touched and add the theatrics.” The tweet is now deleted, and Anderson will hopefully just fess up next time.