(Last week’s record in parenthesis; last week’s ranking in brackets)
2) Toronto Raptors (2-2) : Just their seventh home loss of the season Sunday.
3) Golden State Warriors (1-2) : Three weeks of relatively meaningless basketball to follow.
4) Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0) : Ignore the Cavs’ chances to run right back to The Finals at your peril. Cleveland is averaging a cool 124.3 points per game since Kevin Love’s return last Monday.
5) Boston Celtics (3-0) : Must confess, I thought a “tension wire” was some kind of tissue in the body, like the iliotibial band, until someone explained that it is a piece of actual wire.
6) Portland Trail Blazers (1-2) : They’re closing in on their first 50-win season in four years, and what would be their third under Terry Stotts.
7) Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) : March Carmelo: 13 ppg, 17 total free throws in 11 games, 37.7 percent (52-138) from the floor.
8) New Orleans Pelicans (3-1) : Three wins in three days is mighty impressive, no matter the caliber of the opponents.
9) San Antonio Spurs (3-1) : I don’t even know you anymore, Spurs.
10) Utah Jazz (2-2) : You hate to admit that Man Bun Ricky Rubio is superior to locks-a-flowin’ Ricky Rubio. But, there it is.
11) Philadelphia 76ers (4-0) : With their win over Minnesota Saturday, the 76ers are guaranteed the franchise’s first winning season since 2004-05.
12) Indiana Pacers (3-1) : The Pacers’ closing schedule, which looked daunting a couple of weeks ago — two games with the Warriors — is suddenly much less so, giving Indy a chance at capturing home court in the first round.
13) Washington Wizards (0-3) : John Wall, white courtesy phone. John Wall, please answer white courtesy phone for an urgent message.
14) Milwaukee Bucks (2-2) : Look at me, ma! I’m on “60 Minutes!” No, it’s after the Stormy Daniels thing. After.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) March 26, 2018
15) Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) : Nineteen straight games allowing 100 or more points (average 113.9 allowed per during that stretch).
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