NBA Power Rankings: Clutch Kyrie Irving leads Mavericks into top five, Thunder take top spot from Nuggets




This week OKC proved it’s much more than the Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Show, going to OT with the red-hot Rockets and blowing the Suns off the court without the services of its MVP candidate. Of course, SGA returned on Sunday to hit the game-winner against the Knicks with a “did you miss me?” grin. The Thunder are back in the No. 1 seed out West.





The Celtics can still beat teams that aren’t based in Atlanta, apparently, after wins against the Pelicans and Hornets to close out the week. These are all tune-up games for Boston, which has already clinched the Eastern Conference’s top seed, and Joe Mazzulla admitted to experimenting a bit with his defense in the losses to the Hawks. Sure, why not?




The Wolves were on their way to the No. 1 spot in this week’s Power Rankings after Friday’s huge win in Denver, but a home loss to the Bulls on Sunday spoiled the parade. The defense continues to be elite, while the offense understandably struggles at times without Karl-Anthony Towns. Dropping out of the top three seems highly unlikely for Minnesota at this point, and the No. 1 seed is still very much in play.



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Author : Colin Ward-Henninger

Publish date : 2024-04-02 13:18:58

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