NBA rankings: Records and stats through Friday
01/11/2014 6:47 PM
01/11/2014 11:17 PM
By Jason Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org
Records and statistics through Friday
• 1. Indiana Pacers (29-7, LW 1): Paul George continues to make a case that he is an MVP candidate.
• 2. San Antonio Spurs (28-8, LW 5): If it’s possible to do so, the Spurs are quietly atop the Western Conference.
• 3. Miami Heat (27-10, LW 2): Entered the weekend on a two-game losing streak, but no need to panic in the East.
• 4. Portland Trail Blazers (27-9, LW 3): Damian Lillard is making a strong case to join LaMarcus Aldridge in this year’s All-Star Game.
• 5. Oklahoma City Thunder (27-9, Last week 4): Reggie Jackson could play his way into a big payday in the future filling in for injured star Russell Westbrook.
• 6. Los Angeles Clippers (26-13, LW 6): The Clippers figure to be active in looking to add a veteran, especially with Chris Paul out.
• 7. Golden State Warriors (25-14, LW 7): Warriors are poised for a big run with eight of their next 11 games at home.
• 8. Houston Rockets (23-14, LW 8): Chandler Parsons has missed the last two games with a sore knee.
• 9. Phoenix Suns (21-14, LW 9): Losing Eric Bledsoe to knee surgery could knock the Suns out of the playoff race.
• 10. Dallas Mavericks (21-16, LW 10): The leadership of Jose Calderon has been a big boost for Dallas this season.
• 11. Atlanta Hawks (20-17, LW 11): Coach Mike Budenholzer is proving his worth by keeping the Hawks going with Al Horford out.
• 12. Toronto Raptors (17-17, LW 12): Keeping Kyle Lowry might make sense as long the Raptors are in playoff contention.
• 13. Denver Nuggets (18-17, LW 16): The up-and-down season for Denver now has the squad on a four-game winning streak.
• 14. Minnesota Timberwolves (18-18, LW 13): Perhaps an angry Kevin Love is a good thing if Minnesota is to make a run at the playoffs.
• 15. Chicago Bulls (16-18, LW 20): Tom Thibodeau is unhappy without Luol Deng, so the Bulls turned around and won four in a row.
• 16. Washington Wizards (16-18, LW 15): John Wall leads the Wizards in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played.
• 17. Memphis Grizzlies (16-19, LW 17): Dominant play from Zach Randolph is Memphis’ best chance to win with Marc Gasol still out.
• 18. New Orleans Pelicans (15-20, LW 14): Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson are out indefinitely, meaning wins will be hard to come by.
• 19. Brooklyn Nets: (15-21, LW 24): The Nets are on the rise, even with Deron Williams dealing with an ankle injury.
• 20. Detroit Pistons (15-22, LW 19): Getting Rodney Stuckey back to 100 percent health after he was out with a sore shoulder is a must for the struggling Pistons.
• 21. Charlotte Bobcats: (15-22, LW 21): Scoring remains this team’s biggest struggle this season.
• 22. New York Knicks (13-22, LW 28): Three-game winning streak has the Knicks feeling better amid J.R. Smith’s distractions.
• 23. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23, LW 23): Addition of Deng fills the void at small forward the Cavs have had since LeBron James made his decision.
• 24. Los Angeles Lakers (14-23, LW 18): Is there a trade market for Pau Gasol as the Lakers continue to slide down the standings?
• 25. Kings (12-22, LW 26): Rudy Gay has been an efficient and effective contributor with Sacramento.
• 26. Philadelphia 76ers (12-24, LW 25): A three-game losing streak has slowed recent momentum.
• 27. Utah Jazz (12-26, LW 27): Gordon Hayward looks like he might be the player the Jazz should focus on signing long-term after the season..
• 28. Boston Celtics (13-24, LW 22): Boston has lost seven in a row, dropped 10 of its last 11 while awaiting Rajon Rondo’s return from ACL surgery.
• 29. Orlando Magic (10-26, LW 29): Losers of six in a row, and Nikola Vucevic is out with a concussion, so that streak could grow.
• 30. Milwaukee Bucks (7-28, LW 30): Combination of youth and injuries leads to the worst record in the NBA.
About This BlogJason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at email@example.com. Twitter: @mr_jasonjones
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