Another entertaining week in the NBA has come to a close and some things haven’t changed. The Minnesota Timberwolves can’t win at home, the Philadelphia 76ers can’t win at all and the Warriors can’t be beat. Stephen Curry is still making amazing plays, Kobe Bryant is missing jumpers, James Harden is missing 3-pointers and DeAndre Jordan is missing free-throws.
Here are my NBA power rankings after week 3.
30. Philadelphia 76ers
It’s tough to win games when no one can make shots. The 76ers struggle to do that every night, hitting just 41.2 percent from the floor, including 32.4 percent from 3-point land. If they can’t fix their shooting wows, it will be a long season. They had another brutal week with losses to the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls.
29. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets finally got into the win column with a road win over the Houston Rockets. They followed it up with two more solid road performances in losses to the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors. Brook Lopez is proving to be worth every penny that he was paid, averaging 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
28. New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have dug themselves a hole that will be difficult to climb out of. After a convincing win over the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans dropped three straight road games, including losses to the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks without the services of Anthony Davis.
27. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers struggled to start the week with three consecutive road losses before they returned home to knock off the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. There is little chance the Lakers while get any better as long as Kobe Bryant (33.6 percent from the floor) and Lou Williams (31 percent from the floor) continue to shoot terribly.
26. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland offense has been impressive thanks to the high scoring back court of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but the Trail Blazers won’t win many games if they can’t get stops. That has been a huge problem during their five-game losing streak where they are giving up 109.6 points a night.
25. Minnesota Timberwolves
If the Timberwolves played all their games on the road they would be good. Unfortunately, they have to play 41 home games where they are winless in five chances. They have dropped four straight, including home setbacks to the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.
24. Sacramento Kings
The Kings had a great week to jump back into respectability. After a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento ran off three straight homes wins over Eastern Conference foes including a big win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. DeMarcus Cousins has been a beast since his return cracking the 30-point barrier three games in a row.
23. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets had an impressive stretch with three straight home wins before they got blown out on by the Phoenix Suns on the road. Kenneth Faried is off to a solid start, averaging 13.2 points on 57.7 percent shooting from the floor with 9.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
22. New York Knicks
The Knicks started out the week with a huge road win over the Toronto Raptors before dropped back-to-back close games to the Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. They finished out the week with a victory over the struggling New Orleans Pelicans to close to within a game off the second-place Boston Celtics.
21. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets had a great week with wins over the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers sandwiched around a tough road loss to the Chicago Bulls. Nicolas Batum has been a nice fit since arriving from the Trail Blazers and leads the team with 16 points a night while Jeremy Lamb has provided a great scoring spark off the bench.
20. Orlando Magic
The young weapons for the Magic have come together nicely for first-year coach Scott Skiles. They had a solid week with home wins over the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, but dropped a pair of road contests to the Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards. Evan Fournier continues to surprise and is leading the team with 18.8 points a game.
19. Phoenix Suns
The Suns had a good week with pair of huge wins over the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers, thanks in large part to the play of Eric Bledsoe. He has carried the Suns on the offensive end with back-to-back impressive shooting performances, including a 30-point night on 11 of 16 shooting from the floor.
18. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies rebounded from a four-game losing streak with wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The mid-week addition of Mario Chalmers has helped on the offensive end where he is averaging 13.5 points in 19 minutes a game.
17. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks suffered tough losses to the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets before they bounced back with a huge double-overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Greg Monroe has been great on the glass, averaging 10.2 boards a night and putting up three straight double-doubles.
16. Washington Wizards
The Wizards had a .500 week with a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder followed by a win over the Orlando Magic. Garrett Temple played a key win over the Magic that snapped a three-game losing streak. He totaled 18 points starting in place of the injured Bradley Beal.
15. Detroit Pistons
After a great start, the Pistons have stumbled with four straight losses on the back-end of their six-game road trip. Even during the tough stretch, Andre Drummond has still been unbelievable on the glass, averaging 19 boards to go along with 18.5 points.
14. Houston Rockets
The Rockets are the most inconsistent team in the league this season. After winning four straight to get back over .500, they dropped three in a row, including an embarrassing home loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Much of their success is based on whether James Harden shoots that ball well, and he has been off lately. IN fact, he is just hitting on just 24 percent of his 3-point shots on the season.
13. Utah Jazz
The Jazz had a difficult road trip, losing three straight before escaping with a win over the Atlanta Hawks. The defense has been impressive. but the Jazz are having a difficult time scoring the ball. They have reached the 100-point plateau just one time in 10 games and that came in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
12. Boston Celtics
The Celtics had an excellent week with a 3-1 record, including road wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder and a home victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The new-look back court of Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart played especially well in the win over the Thunder as they combined for 46 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
11. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks had an impressive week, including big wins over the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. With Nowitzki leading the way, Dallas has one of the most balanced offenses in the league with nine players averaging at least 7.8 points a night.
10. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks had a tough week at home with losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz. Atlanta also dropped a road contest to the Boston Celtics in end up at 1-3. Even during a difficult stretch, they are still get huge production out of Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Al Horford who are all averaging more than 17 points a game.
9. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have been on a roll thanks to the re-emergence of Paul George. They have won three straight games, including an impressive road win over the Boston Celtics. He is averaging 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.2 minutes a night.
8. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors added two more games to the win total with victories over the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans, but also lost tough games to the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings. Although he has been awful with his outside shot, DeMar DeRozan has put up big numbers with 21.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
7. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls went 2-0 on the week with victories over the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets. Doug McDermott has shown off his impressive shooting touch since making his way into the starting lineup. He is connecting on 52.9 percent of his shots, including an eye-popping 57.1 percent from 3-point land.
6. Miami Heat
The Heat have been playing good ball of late thanks in part to the production of Chris Bosh. They are in the middle of a three-game winning steak during which he has averaged 26 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the floor with 9.0 rebounds.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder had a tough week even though they finished 2-1, thanks to the loss of Kevin Durant. After closing out the Washington Wizards, they went 1-1 without one of the best players in the game, including a win over the Philadelphia 76ers before taking a step back in a 100-85 loss at home to the Boston Celtics.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
While Blake Griffin is still at the top of his game, the absence of Chris Paul has really hurt the Clippers. They went 2-2 on the week with wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons along with a pair of big road losses to the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns.
3. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs had a nice week with road wins over the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers before returning home to beat the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. The one sore spot for the Spurs right now is with their outside shooting where they are connecting on just 34.3 percent of their attempts, including just 27.5 percent from Danny Green.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
Tha Cavaliers opened the week with wins over the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in double-overtime. LeBron James has been lighting it up, averaging 33 points on 53.7 percent shooting from the floor with 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. The one place where he is struggling is at the free-throw line where he is shooting just 63 percent on the year.
1. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are the class of the league right now, and it’s not close. They had another perfect week, including road wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves sandwiched by home wins over the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons.