Wait ... are the Warriors really this bad and the Suns really this good?
The first week of the 2019-20 season certainly didn't contradict the notion that there were more unknowns than usual across the league. And while Phoenix (with their win over the Clippers on Saturday) is the best story so far, it's hard not to focus on the teams that are off to alarming starts: Golden State, Indiana and Sacramento.
Of course, Week 2 provides the first opportunity for those teams to get things moving in the right direction. And maybe it will provide more clarity in regard to who's the best team in the league. With the Bucks and Clippers both losing on Saturday, with the 2-0 Nuggets needing overtime to beat the Suns at home on Friday, and with the 2-0 Sixers needing a second-half comeback to Blake-Griffin-less Pistons, none of the early favorites are off to a dominant start.
Plus-Minus Players of the Week
- Mr. Plus: Josh Okogie (MIN) was a plus-45 in three games last week.
- Mr. Minus: Harrison Barnes (SAC) was a minus-66 in three games last week.
Teams of the Week
- Make It Last Forever: Minnesota (3-0) -- The Wolves' 3-0 start has come exclusively against the Eastern Conference, but includes two wins on the road, where they were 11-30 (5-10 against the East) last season.
- Something Just Ain't Right: Sacramento (0-3) -- The Luke Walton era is off to a rough start, with the Kings uncompetitive in all three of their games and ranking dead last offensively.
East vs. West
- The West was 8-5 (.615) against the East in interconference games in Week 1.
Movement in the Rankings
- High jumps of the week: Minnesota (+17), Phoenix (+13), Atlanta (+8)
- Free falls of the week: Golden State (-11), Sacramento (-11), Indiana (-10)
Week 2 Team to Watch
- Utah -- The new-look Jazz face the Clippers twice (Wednesday and Sunday) this week, and suddenly, their game in Phoenix on Monday (featuring a Devin Booker-Donovan Mitchell matchup) looks pretty interesting, too.
- Last week: Bucks, Clippers lead wide-open field
- This time last year: Raptors still tops, but Bucks and Warriors gain ground -- Two teams - the Bucks and Raptors, both 6-0 - were undefeated. The only team without a win (the 0-6 Cavs) fired their coach (Tyronn Lue). An epic Nets meltdown included a Worst Turnover of the Year candidate from D'Angelo Russell. Klay Thompson was 5-for-36 from 3-point range, Marcus Morris hit a game-winning three in Oklahoma City, Milos Teodosic was dropping dimes, and Kawhi Leonard had a no-look steal.
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Pace: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)
OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)
DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)
NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)
The league has averaged 104.2 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 105.4 points scored per 100 possessions this season.
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