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 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. Oklahoma City Thunder (32-9; Previously #1): Who cares if they lost to Denver (haha, though), they were able to go 3-1 this week with amazing performances from Durant and Westbrook; they’re the beast of the West.
MHI: Don’t let that Nuggets win in overtime stop you from becoming a full-time Thunder blogger, Tammeh. You were so close to converting. Don’t stop now.
2. L.A. Clippers (32-9; Previously #2): 3-0 this week defeating Houston, Minny, and Washington. As a side, Blake Griffin is getting out of control.
MHI: Tough schedule for the Clips this week with 5 games in 7 days. Will CP3′s knee hold up?
3. San Antonio Spurs (32-11; Previously #4): They went 3-0 with wins over Atlanta, GSW, and Memphis. Two of these wins were against solid teams, can you guess which two?
MHI: In more interesting news, the Spurs are being sued by a HEAT fan. No, it’s not me but… #FuckPopobitch.
4. Memphis Grizzlies (26-13; Previously #3): They split their wins this week, but it appears the incessant trade rumors of Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph being trade bait may be weighing the team down mentally.
MHI: The Grizzlies will be fine mentally with 4 home games this week. They could easily go 3-1.
5. Denver Nuggets (25-18; Previously #5): They split their games, lost to the Wizards at home, but IDGAF, they beat OKC at the PC. #FatteningFrogsForSnakes
MHI: Any team that loses at home to the team with the worst road record in the NBA doesn’t belong in the Fanalyst Rankings. Get these lazy & crazy bums da fuck outta here.
6. Golden State Warriors (24-15; Previously #6): They went 1-2 losing to Miami and San Antonio. They are probably coming back to Earth and David Lee is still a fake tough guy.
MHI: Between Blake Griffin, Ibaka, Noah and Larry Sanders, somebody’s gotta put David Lee in his place this week. A losing record for the Warriors isn’t enough anymore.
7. Utah Jazz (22-19; Previously not ranked): Their schedule was friendly this week, but were able to blowout Miami and look like a playoff picture team.
MHI: The Jazz will need to beat the Lakers again to have a winning record this week. Fortunately, beating lottery teams isn’t hard in the NBA.
8. Portland Trail Blazers (20-20; Previously #8): The 8th seed is basically a wash, Houston lost 7 straight, Portland lost 3 last week, and I’m not putting 18-24 Dallas here. Deal, Mosi.
MHI: Everybody’s coming for Damian Lillard now. John Wall and CP3 will push him to the limit this week. The 1st round of the West playoffs will be useless so it doesn’t matter who gets the 8th seed.