PK’s NBA Top 15 for week of Jan 9


PK's NBA Top 15 for week of Jan 9:

  1. Miami - No Dwyane Wade, no problem. The Heat have won three consecutive games, including one without LeBron James, with their star guard out with an injured foot. Last week: 2
  2. Chicago - A six-game winning streak crashed in Atlanta, but the Bulls may have been a scheduled loss since they were playing their fourth game in five nights in five cities. Last week: 1.
  3. Oklahoma City - Will young legs make a difference this season? The Thunder became the first team this season to win three games on consecutive nights. Last week: 3
  4. Portland - In their two losses, LaMarcus Aldridge has combined to shoot 15 of 35 from the field. Last week: 6.
  5. Indiana - The stated goal is unbeaten at home and .50 on the road. The Pacers are doing one better than that, having won all three home games and going 3-2 on the road. Last week: 5.
  6. Atlanta - Josh Smith had 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, six blocks and four steals against the Bulls to become the first player since Michael Dickerson since 2000 to record at least 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks and 4 steals in a game. Last week: 4
  7. Philadelphia. - They are the East Division's best team for a reason. Already the Sixers have won four games by at least 20 points this season. Last week: 12.
  8. Clippers - Blake Griffin is the first Clippers player to score at least 20 points in their first six games since World B. Free in 1979. Last week: 14.
  9. Lakers - For whatever this team has lost over the years, it can still rebound. The Lakers lead the league in rebounding at 46.7 per game. Last week: 10.
  10. Denver - Interior toughness could become an issue with Nene going out for an undetermined time due to a foot injury. Last week: 7.
  11. Orlando - Dwight Howard continues to derail the season, saying he still wants out. Last week: 8.
  12. San Antonio - After losing Manu Ginobili to a broken shooting hand last week, Tony Park and DeJuan Blair left Sunday's game against Oklahoma City. Last week: 11.
  13. Utah - It's time to stop judging Raja Bell by his shooting percentage. Last week: NR
  14. Boston - In this season of condensed scheduling, the over-the-hill Celtics have five days off before playing Dallas on Wednesday. Last week: 9.
  15. Phoenix - The 37-year-old Steve Nash became the second oldest player – Jazz fans know the first – record at least 17 assists in a game in the last 25 years. Last week: NR.