There are two sides to every NBA Power Ranking: the Fanalytical and the Fanatical. As a Miami HEAT blogger living on the east coast, MHI plays the snarky fan for the Western Conference. As a Denver Nuggets fan living west of the Mississippi River, Mrs. NBA plays the fanalyst. The roles are reversed for the Eastern Conference.
1. San Antonio Spurs (6-1; Last Week: #1): They went 3-1 this past week with that one loss being to the Los Angeles Clippers where the Clippers made them appear slow and sluggish. With that being said, the Spurs are still one of the best teams out in the Western Conference.
MHI: They looked slow and sluggish because the team was struggling with the flu. Can’t hold that Clippers game against the Spurs.
2. Memphis Grizzlies (5-1; Last Week: #6): Memphis have won 4 consecutive games this week and throttled the Miami Heat last night, in which, Wayne Ellington doused the Heat with 7 three-pointers from behind the perimeter. Z-Bo and Marc Gasol have both looked as agile as big guys can during the past week.
MHI: Agile? There’s nothing agile about Z-Bo and Marc Gasol. That’s like saying Doc Rivers has vocal range. GTFOHWTBS. How the Grizzlies jump the Clippers in the rankings after that beatdown the Clippers gave them opening night is beyond me. It’s so far beyond me the agile Z-Bo and Marc Gasol couldn’t catch it.
3. Los Angeles Clippers: (5-2, Last Week: #2): Los Angeles went 3-1 this week with blow out after blow out including the Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and San Antonio Spurs. However, it will be interesting to see them against other fast athletic teams such as OKC.
MHI: It’d be interesting to see them against teams with agile big men like Z-Bo and Marc Gasol, too… Oh, wait – we already saw that and they beat them down. Why are the Clippers ranked behind the Grizzlies, Tammeh?!
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-2; Last Week: #3): OKC won three consecutive games this week against Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland. The team is still trying to cohere to life after James Harden.
MHI: Let’s see… a road win over a playoff team + three blowout wins at home = a drop in the rankings? Why, because the Grizzlies beat the HEAT like they always do in Memphis (HEAT are 3-6 at Memphis in Dwyane Wade’s career)? You’re gonna look foolish when the Thunder beat the Grizzlies on ESPN this week.
5. Denver Nuggets (4-3; Last Week: #8): Denver had a horrible start to the season, but went on a 4-game winning streak with the most important win being against a divisional rival, the Utah Jazz, in which the offense looked flowing and the team recorded 12 blocks.
MHI: You didn’t rank the Nuggets above the Grizzlies? You probably think Z-Bo and Marc Gasol are too agile for Kenneth Faried & JaVale “Dumbass” McGee. #fakeassfan
6. Minnesota Timberwolves: (4-2; Last Week: Not Ranked): Even though Rubio and K-Love are still out, the team is still winning games. However, Budinger is another member of the team that’s reported to be injured as well.
MHI: You forgot to mention Brandon Roy’s knee injury and JJ Barea’s foot injury. The Timberwolves are gonna find a way to fall out the Western Conference playoff race or die trying.
7. Los Angeles Lakers (3-4; Last Week: #7): Lakers fired Mike Brown, performed a lateral move and hired Mike D’Antoni, blew out the Warriors and “barely” beat the Sacramento Kings without DeMarcus Cousins. Yup, it’s gonna be a long season for that team.
MHI: Player contracts: $113.6 million. Coaching contracts: $30 million. Laughing stock of NBA fans everywhere? Priceless.
8. Utah Jazz (3-4, Last Week: #5): They went 2-2 this week with one of the losses being to the Nuggets and one of those wins belonging to the Lakers; Utah Jazz killed Mike Brown
MHI: If the Jazz killed Mike Brown, then he gave them the gun. The Hornets deserve this spot. They went to Chicago and won without their 2 best players. The Jazz’s best win was over that shitty ass Lakers squad.