NBA Power Rankings – Warriors’ heroics too impressive to miss.
What transpired that night in Oklahoma City was a continuation of Stephen Curry’s ridiculously insane season, as the reigning MVP tied an NBA record with 12 made 3-pointers and drilled a game-winning three from 32 feet to vanquish the Thunder in overtime. Curry’s heroics came in a game that had the feel of an upset, as Golden State struggled to keep pace with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for most of the night and appeared on its way to its sixth loss.
Yet even on a night when the Warriors seemed poised to lose, they still won, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the NBA or the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, whose 72-10 regular-season record is in serious jeopardy of being toppled by this transcendent bunch.
So where do the 29 normal teams stand as we turn toward the home stretch? Find out in our Week 10 NBA Power Rankings, which account for all games played through Sunday, Feb. 28.
1. Golden State Warriors (53-5): We’d like to take a moment to thank the NBA schedule makers, who have slated a Warriors-Thunder grudge match this Thursday at Oracle Arena. Fasten your seatbelts. Last week: 1
2. San Antonio Spurs (50-9): The Spurs haven’t lost since last Thursday and are on pace to have the best season in franchise history, but they’re still being completely overshadowed by Golden State. Sounds about right. Last week: 2
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (41-17): Cleveland lost two games to East opponents this week, then sat LeBron James in a blowout loss to the Wizards on Sunday. It’s all part of the plan, right? Last week: 3
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (41-18): Yes, the Thunder have lost four of five, but their near-win over the Warriors on Saturday should be all the proof you need that this team is a serious title contender. Last week: 4
5. Toronto Raptors (39-19): Don’t look now, LeBron, but the Raptors are just two games behind your Cavs, even after having their four-game winning streak snapped Sunday by the Pistons. Last week: 5
6. Los Angeles Clippers (38-20): The Clippers somehow lost to the Nuggets on Wednesday, despite holding them to 84 points, and are 3-3 in their last six games. That’s not going to cut it in the loaded West. Last week: 6
7. Memphis Grizzlies (34-24): The Grizzlies beat the Lakers twice this week, which is nothing to write home about, then lost to the horrendous Suns on Saturday. On the bright side, Tony Allen got some cool shoes. Last week: 8
8. Boston Celtics (35-25): Boston is prone to occasional lapses against bad opponents, as Monday’s loss to the Timberwolves can attest. But the C’s recovered nicely by beating the Heat on Saturday to maintain their hold on the East’s No. 3 seed. Last week: 7
9. Miami Heat (33-26): The Heat lost twice this week but snagged veteran Joe Johnson off waivers Saturday. Does he have enough left in the tank to make an impact in the crowded East? Last week: 9
10. Atlanta Hawks (33-27): The Hawks snapped a three-game skid this week with back-to-back wins over the Bulls and Hornets but still are behind the Heat in the No. 5 seed. Last week: 11