NBA Power Rankings: Cavs stay on top

Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

With two weeks of the NBA season in the books, the preseason frontrunners have taken the lead they were expected to make. The Cavaliers have taken the lead in the East and the Warriors have surprised everybody with two early losses. As the season progresses, expect the power houses in the West to take charge and the East be competitive and beat up on each other.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers (5-1)

The Clippers are a great offensive team, scoring about 102 points per game, and they are just as solid on defense, as they are No. 1 in the league in points allowed per game with 90.7. Their only loss came from the Thunder by two points when Russell Westbrook scored 35 points. The Clippers’ Achilles’ Heel will be their bench. They scored 45.8 points per game this season, but expect that number to go down as the NBA season carries on.

 

4. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)

Oklahoma City is a weird team because only four players average more than 10 points in Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams, and Enes Kanter. Westbrook leads his team in all major stats and averages a triple‑double. The Thunder’s only loss came from former teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. The Thunder have some tough matchups this week against the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.

 

3. Golden State Warriors (4-2)

Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State has been successful so far, though the Warriors were stunned on opening night against the Spurs and shocked when they lost to former assistant coach Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers. The lack of big men the Warriors have opens up the paint for their opponents, and though they have the best 3-point shooting team in the league, does not mean they will make them, as they shot 15.6 percent against the Lakers. Expect the Warriors to finish the week with a winning record as they play poor competition.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs (5-2)

The San Antonio Spurs are probably the most complete team in the NBA, but the question that needs to be answered is can they defeat the Cavaliers? The Spurs’ two losses came from the Utah Jazz and the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with his defensive presence and scoring 26.4 points per game. The Spurs early win against the Warriors makes them the early favorite in the West.

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (6-0)

The reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers are leading the NBA again early. (Eric Drost, Flickr)

The reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers are leading the NBA again early.
(Eric Drost, Flickr)

The Cavaliers are the only undefeated team in the NBA and it helps that they score the most points per game at 112.3. With LeBron James entering the top 10 on the all-time scoring list, he’s looking to lead his team back to the NBA Championship. The Cavaliers have taken some of the weight off LeBron’s shoulders, as Kyrie Irving leads the team in points per game with 23 and Tristan Thompson has emerged as a rebounding presence, averaging 10.8 rebounds per game. This is probably LeBron’s best team, as he averages 10.7 assists per game. The Cavs have a tough matchup against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

 

ozone@ocolly.com

 

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