PK’s NBA Top 15 for week of March 5


PK's NBA Top 15 for week of March 5:

  1. Miami - The Heat didn’t sign LeBron James to have him pass off to Udonis Haslem with the game on the line. Last week: 1.
  2. Chicago - With Derrick Rose out injured, the Bulls went 3-2 last month, including a dreadful loss to New Jersey at home. They are 6-0 since his return. Last week: 4.
  3. Oklahoma City - A winning streak that reached seven games didn’t figure to end against the Hawks, but committing 21 turnovers will do that to any team. Last week: 2.
  4. San Antonio - Exactly how good is this team? After winning eight consecutive road games, the Spurs have dropped two of their last three home games. Last week: 3.
  5. Clippers - The future may not bode well without Chauncey Billups. The Clippers are nine games above .500 but are only 7-6 since Billups went down with a season-ending injury. Last week: 5.
  6. Dallas - The perfect slump buster for a team on a four-game losing streak is to play the Western Conference’s worst road team at home. That’s what happened when the Jazz came to town. Last week: 6.
  7. Lakers - Since donning the mask and swallowing his own sweat, Kobe Bryant has averaged 34 points a game in three wins. Last week: 10.
  8. Philadelphia - Fortunately for them, the Sixers are playing in a weak division and can still win it despite playing poorly. They have lost seven of their last nine games, only beating Golden State and Detroit. Last week: 7.
  9. Indiana - The wild ride continues. After losing five consecutive games, the Pacers have won six straight, all of which have come against teams with losing records. Last week: 8.
  10. Orlando - Since Feb. 17, the Magic have gone 5-3. But three of those wins were against Milwaukee and New Jersey and Washington account for the other two. Last week: 9.
  11. Memphis - The century mark has been kind to the Grizzlies, who are 11-0 when they score at least 100 points. Last week: 11.
  12. Atlanta - It’s hard to figure out the Hawks. After losing six out of eight games, they have won two consecutive games, including against Oklahoma City. The next six games are on the road. Last week: 14.
  13. Denver - After going 4-10, the banged up Nuggets at least temporarily have turned it around. After beating Houston and San Antonio on the road, Denver now plays eight consecutive home games. Last week: 15.
  14. Houston - Is the bottom falling out? The Rockets have lost three consecutive games, including the last two at home, and seven out the next games are on the road. Last week: 12.
  15. New York - The return of Carmelo Anthony hasn’t gone well. The Knicks are 2-3 since he came back and he’s shot better than 50 percent in only one game. Last week: 13.