Jason Jones: Ranking the League

Published: Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 - 11:10 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Records and statistics through Friday

1. San Antonio Spurs (52-16, Last week 1): Coach Gregg Popovich has managed minutes well, so his team should be energized for the postseason.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (51-18, LW 3): Having Reggie Jackson on the bench makes another knee scare with Russell Westbrook a little easier to deal with.

3. Los Angeles Clippers (48-21, LW 2): DeAndre Jordan is on his way to winning his first rebounding title.

4. Houston Rockets (46-22, LW 4): Dwight Howard’s ankle kept him out of two games, but the Rockets kept rolling.

5. Indiana Pacers (51-18, LW 5): Paul George was shooting 37.7 percent in his last 10 games entering Saturday’s game against defensive-minded Memphis.

6. Miami Heat (47-20, LW 6): The defending champ has lost six of its last 10 games.

7. Golden State Warriors (44-26, LW 8): Still in position to secure at least the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

8. Portland Trail Blazers (45-24, LW 7): LaMarcus Aldridge’s back injury has cost him four games, but Portland has won the last two.

9. Memphis Grizzlies (40-28, LW 9): Their style lends itself to close, low-scoring games. Perfect for the playoffs.

10. Dallas Mavericks (42-28, LW 12): Mavs still need a strong finish to hold onto their playoff position with Memphis and Phoenix in the mix.

11. Toronto Raptors (38-30, LW 10): Dealing with injuries to some key contributors – Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson.

12. Brooklyn Nets: (36-31, LW 13): Just 11/2 games out behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division, making Jason Kidd a legitimate Coach of the Year candidate.

13. Phoenix Suns (40-29, LW 14): The Suns are still in the mix for the playoffs. Credit to coach Jeff Hornacek for keeping a young team focused.

14. Chicago Bulls (38-31, LW 11): Coming off a humbling defeat to Indiana, but that won’t deter the Bulls who play hard every night.

15. Washington Wizards (36-33, LW 15): John Wall cannot like Sacramento – he’s missed two free throws late in consecutive seasons to lose to the Kings at Sleep Train Arena.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (34-33, LW 17): Rookie center Gorgui Dieng made the most of his playing time with Nikola Pekovic injured, posting three straight double doubles, including 22 points and 21 rebounds against Houston.

17. Charlotte Bobcats: (33-36, LW 16): Gary Neal is playing much better since being acquired from Milwaukee.

18. Denver Nuggets (31-38, LW 18): Aaron Brooks has been a boost for the Nuggets, giving the Nuggets some grit.

19. Atlanta Hawks (31-36, LW 19): Atlanta continues to hold on to the eighth spot in the East.

20. New York Knicks (29-40, LW 23): The winning streak is up to eight games, led by Carmelo Anthony’s play.

21. New Orleans Pelicans (28-40, LW 22): Austin Rivers is still a backup, even with Jrue Holiday out for the season.

22. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-43, LW 21): With Kyrie Irving missing at least two weeks with a biceps strain, the playoff talk in Cleveland might cease.

23. Detroit Pistons (25-43, LW 23): With a chance to make a postseason push, the Pistons dropped four straight.

24. Sacramento Kings (24-45, LW 24): One goal was to improve the Kings’ assist rate this season, but they’re last in the NBA in assists per game.

25. Los Angeles Lakers (22-45, LW 26): It’s so bad for the Lakers the most interesting discussion this week was Kobe Bryant’s look in the team picture.

26. Boston Celtics (23-47, LW 27): Jeff Green had 39 points last Sunday – and 34 points total in his next three games.

27. Utah Jazz (22-47, LW 25): Losers of six in a row to fall behind the Lakers for worst record in the West.

28. Orlando Magic (19-50, LW 28): Injuries to Jameer Nelson and Nikola Vucevic haven’t helped during a seven-game losing streak.

29. Milwaukee Bucks (13-56, LW 29): Played Portland and Golden State tough on the road but didn’t have enough to win.

30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-54, LW 30): With three more losses, Philly will match the longest losing streak in NBA history. The Sixers have lost 23 in a row.


Follow The Bee’s Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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