The Boston Celtics are the little green engine that could, as they keep chugging up the track. They went 4-1 last week on the heels of their 98.6 defensive rating, tops in the league. On the season, Boston boasts the second-best defensive efficiency rating and just acquired Derrick White, who should make that defense even stronger. Over the last 10 games, the Celtics are 9-1. Sure, there were some cupcakes but they beat the 76ers by 48 points and took care of the Nuggets and Heat. Choo choo.
There wasn’t much change at the tail end of the rankings as the good teams are who we thought they were while the bad teams just plain stink. The Suns, Warriors and Grizzlies are the class of the league right now. The Suns are 9-1 over their last 10 and have won seven straight. The Grizzlies are 8-2 over their last 10. All three teams are top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
The biggest mover over the last week was the Portland Trail Blazers, moving up six spots. After losing six in a row, they’ve run off four straight with impressive wins over the Bucks and Grizzlies on the road. The winning streak happened right after CJ McCollum was traded. Things that make you go hmmm. The infusion of (Josh) Hart with Justise (Winslow) being served has been a short-term boom. Let’s see if it has staying power.
Let’s take a look at Stan Son’s power rankings for Week 18 of the NBA season.
NBA Power Rankings: Week 24
|13||Golden State Warriors||12|
|17||Los Angeles Clippers||18|
|19||San Antonio Spurs||19|
|20||New Orleans Pelicans||21|
|22||New York Knicks||20|
|27||Los Angeles Lakers||24|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder||29|
|30||Portland Trail Blazers||30|
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