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NBA Energy Rankings, Week 5

The NBA’s final remaining one-loss workforce suffered its second defeat when the Golden State Warriors fell to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Stephen Curry kicked off the week with a 50-point efficiency towards the Atlanta Hawks — and dropped 40 towards the Chicago Bulls on Friday — however was 7-of-22 from the sphere in Sunday’s loss.

The Warriors, although, had been nonetheless in a position to seize the highest spot this week and keep the most effective report within the West. Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns are shut behind within the standings, using an eight-game successful streak to the West’s second spot. The Los Angeles Lakers, in the meantime, proceed to attempt to tread water whereas LeBron James rehabs an stomach harm that has sidelined him for the previous six video games.

Within the East, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards are attempting to remain forward of a surging Brooklyn Nets workforce that has seemingly discovered its rhythm after an up-and-down begin. The Miami Heat have cooled off, whereas the Milwaukee Bucks have misplaced seven of their previous 10 video games.

Can the Bucks cease their skid? Will the Warriors falter as they hit the highway? Can the Lakers climb again to the highest of the West? Our consultants break down the place all 30 groups stand after 4 weeks of play.

Observe: All through the common season, our panel (Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk) is rating all 30 groups from prime to backside, taking inventory of which groups are enjoying the most effective basketball now and which groups are trying most like title contenders.

1. Golden State Warriors
2021-22 report: 11-2
Earlier rating: 2

Stephen Curry did not have the homecoming that he wished in Sunday’s loss to the Hornets — capturing simply 7-for-22 from the sphere — however at 11-2, the Warriors nonetheless really feel nice in regards to the course they’re headed thanks largely to a deep roster that’s enjoying effectively collectively early within the 12 months. The Warriors’ first enormous check of the season comes Tuesday night time, after they see former teammate Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets as they proceed their first East Coast swing of the season. — Friedell

This week: @BKN, @CLE, @DET, TOR


2. Brooklyn Nets
2021-22 report: 10-4
Earlier rating: 4

It has been a moderately chaotic few weeks for the Nets. And but, regardless of Kyrie Irving‘s absence and James Harden‘s sluggish begin, they sit tied for first within the East with the Wizards and have put a number of video games between them and their anticipated rivals for the highest spot, the Milwaukee Bucks. With higher days all however actually forward for Harden, issues are trying fairly rosy in Brooklyn forward of a showdown with the West-leading Warriors on Tuesday at Barclays Heart. — Bontemps

This week: GS, CLE, ORL


3. Phoenix Suns
2021-22 report: 9-3
Earlier rating: 7

JaVale McGee has needed to step up with Deandre Ayton lacking time this season, and he had his largest recreation of the 12 months on Sunday in a giant win towards the Rockets. In simply 25 minutes, McGee had 19 factors, 14 rebounds and three blocks. He grew to become simply the tenth NBA participant to hit these marks in a recreation in as little as 25 minutes. In six begins this season, McGee is averaging 12 factors and seven.5 rebounds. Phoenix is 6-0 in these video games. — Lopez

This week: @MIN, DAL, DAL, DEN


4. Washington Wizards
2021-22 report: 9-3
Earlier rating: 11

The Wizards sit atop the East at 9-3, and with a barely higher successful proportion than the Nets (10-4). They’ve received 4 straight and have completed it in numerous methods, blowing out Memphis whereas additionally pulling out a good win over the improved Cavs. Washington additionally received without having to rely upon its star, Bradley Beal. Beal struggled, capturing 4-for-19, within the win over Cleveland earlier than revealing that his grandmother had died. He didn’t play in Saturday’s win over Orlando and can miss Monday’s recreation towards New Orleans. However the Wizards are deeper and have extra scorers this season, and it is exhibiting. — Youngmisuk

This week: NO, @CHA, @MIA, MIA


5. Denver Nuggets
2021-22 report: 9-4
Earlier rating: 10

Final week began with the Nuggets questioning whether or not their franchise star can be taking a look at a multiple-game suspension. However league MVP Nikola Jokic drew solely a one-game suspension for body-checking Markieff Morris from behind after taking exception to a foul in Denver’s 113-96 win over Miami. The skirmish set off a whole lot of feelings, together with a social media back-and-forth between Jokic’s brothers and Morris’ twin brother, the Clippers’ Marcus Morris. Regardless of not having their prime three gamers in Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., the Nuggets beat the Pacers. And with Jokic again within the lineup, Denver dealt with Atlanta and Portland. The Nuggets have received 5 straight, the previous 4 with out Porter, whose return stays unsure due to a again harm. — Youngmisuk

This week: @DAL, PHI, CHI, @PHX


6. Miami Warmth
2021-22 report: 8-5
Earlier rating: 3

After three straight losses, together with some fireworks in Monday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Warmth picked up a pleasant win over the Jazz on Saturday as Tyler Herro poured in 27 factors. Jimmy Butler remains to be coping with a sprained ankle, however Miami lastly will get a brief, two-game break at dwelling after Monday’s tilt towards the Thunder. — Friedell

This week: @OKC, NO, WAS, @WAS


7. Chicago Bulls
2021-22 report: 9-4
Earlier rating: 9

Chicago goes to have to determine easy methods to regulate to enjoying with out middle Nikola Vucevic, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 final week, however the Bulls continued their scorching begin by successful three of 4 video games final week. Their bench ought to obtain a scoring enhance this week with Coby White set to make his season debut on Monday towards the Lakers. — Collier

This week: @LAL, @POR, @DEN, NY


8. Utah Jazz
2021-22 report: 8-5
Earlier rating: 5

After a 7-1 begin, Utah has misplaced 4 of its previous 5 video games. The Jazz’s protection has been dreadful through the 1-4 funk, permitting 114.5 factors per 100 possessions, which is greater than any workforce within the league is giving up this season. Frustrations boiled over throughout a kerfuffle late in Thursday’s loss to the Pacers, which resulted in Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles being ejected and fined a total of $85,000. — MacMahon

This week: PHI, TOR, @SAC


9. Dallas Mavericks
2021-22 report: 8-4
Earlier rating: 6

Dallas is tied for the West’s third-best report regardless of rating ninth within the convention in level differential. The Mavs have mopped up mediocre and poor competitors however misplaced by double-digit margins to every of the three groups they’ve confronted that presently have successful information, in addition to the now-slumping Hawks. Dallas’ subsequent seven video games are towards plus-.500 foes. — MacMahon

This week: DEN, @PHX, @PHX, @LAC


10. Philadelphia 76ers
2021-22 report: 8-6
Earlier rating: 1

Philadelphia adopted up a powerful 4-0 week with an 0-4 exhibiting — which occurred, largely, as a result of Joel Embiid was sidelined for all 4 video games after testing optimistic for COVID-19. Whereas Tyrese Maxey continues to supply 76ers followers loads of causes to get excited, and the workforce fought gamely whereas down a number of gamers, losses are losses. A five-game West swing looms. — Bontemps

This week: @UTAH, @DEN, @POR


11. Los Angeles Lakers
2021-22 report: 8-6
Earlier rating: 15

Might L.A. be turning a nook? After Sunday’s 114-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers are 3-3 with out LeBron James since he was sidelined by an stomach pressure, and a supply near the 19-year veteran advised ESPN that James’ return might be “quickly.” Within the meantime, the remainder of the Lakers are getting more healthy, as Wayne Ellington (out the primary eight video games due to a hamstring harm) and Talen Horton-Tucker (out the primary 13 video games following thumb surgical procedure) scored 15 and 17 factors, respectively, towards the Spurs. — McMenamin

This week: CHI, @MIL, @BOS, @DET


12. LA Clippers
2021-22 report: 8-5
Earlier rating: 20

The Clippers suffered their first lack of November on Sunday when the Bulls, who more and more appear like one of many prime groups within the league, snapped LA’s seven-game successful streak. The Clippers have regarded rather a lot just like the workforce that made the run to the Western Convention finals final season. They’ve defended and performed with a whole lot of enjoyable throughout this stretch, even with Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Morris out, and Serge Ibaka enjoying sparingly in simply two of the video games as the large man works his manner again from harm. After a tricky seven-game stretch, Eric Bledsoe is starting to appear like the purpose guard the Clippers envisioned. Paul George continues to play like a do-it-all MVP candidate, and Reggie Jackson is a catalyst when the Clippers are at their greatest. — Youngmisuk

This week: SA, @MEM, @NO, DAL


13. Cleveland Cavaliers
2021-22 report: 9-5
Earlier rating: 16

It is starting to appear like the Cavs’ early-season success might be sustainable. Now winners of six out of seven — the one loss in that stretch got here due to two 3s by the Wizards’ Kyle Kuzma within the ultimate 30 seconds — Cleveland has not solely proved it will possibly win with out Collin Sexton (meniscus tear), nevertheless it seems to be bettering. Saturday’s 91-89 win over the Celtics got here after trailing by 19 late within the third quarter and was led by Darius Garland‘s 22 factors. “We’re right here and we’re not a slouch anymore,” Garland mentioned postgame. — McMenamin

This week: BOS, @BKN, GS


14. Milwaukee Bucks
2021-22 report: 6-8
Earlier rating: 8

The Bucks have kicked off their title protection slower than anticipated, however a pair of wins final week will preserve fingers off the panic button for now. Khris Middleton is anticipated to rejoin the workforce as quickly as Wednesday night time forward of a five-game homestand towards some favorable competitors, and he ought to present a giant enhance to an offense that has struggled to attain constantly. — Collier

This week: LAL, OKC, ORL


15. New York Knicks
2021-22 report: 7-6
Earlier rating: 12

New York’s beginning 5 is being outscored by over 14 factors per 100 possessions. New York’s all-bench unit is outscoring groups by practically 20 factors per 100 possessions. The Knicks — coached, bear in mind, by Tom Thibodeau — rank twenty fourth in defensive score. It has been an odd starting to the season for the Knicks, who’ve gone 2-5 because the calendar flipped to November. — Bontemps

This week: IND, ORL, HOU, @CHI


16. Charlotte Hornets
2021-22 report: 8-7
Earlier rating: 17

Charlotte picked up its third straight win on Sunday over the surging Warriors thanks largely to the play of Miles Bridges, LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier — who mixed for 63 factors. Wednesday’s recreation towards the Wizards ought to present one other check for a younger workforce that has bounced again effectively after dropping 5 straight video games final week. — Friedell

This week: WAS, IND, @ATL


17. Toronto Raptors
2021-22 report: 7-7
Earlier rating: 14

It seems Toronto goes to be a troublesome workforce to face, and a tough one to get a learn on. Thursday, the Raptors had a pleasant come-from-behind win in Philadelphia, solely to return dwelling and drop a recreation to the Pistons on Saturday night time. Toronto is yet one more workforce that ought to be within the play-in combine all season lengthy within the East. — Bontemps

This week: @POR, @UTAH, @SAC, @GS


18. Memphis Grizzlies
2021-22 report: 6-7
Earlier rating: 13

Memphis is mired in a depressing stretch, having misplaced 4 of its previous 5 video games with a minus-67 level differential throughout that span. After the Pelicans snapped their nine-game dropping streak on the Grizzlies’ expense on Saturday, Ja Morant tweeted that he has “gotta do extra,” however he is the one participant within the league averaging not less than 26 factors and seven assists per recreation. — MacMahon

This week: HOU, LAC, @MIN


19. Boston Celtics
2021-22 report: 6-7
Earlier rating: 22

Boston has, up to now, misplaced two double-overtime video games, misplaced one other recreation on a Luka Doncic buzzer-beating heave and blew massive fourth-quarter results in Cleveland and Chicago. Oh, and Jayson Tatum is capturing 38.8% from the sphere. All of that’s to say: It has been a clumsy, tough begin. However the Celtics are nonetheless hovering round .500 and have a top-10 protection. Higher days are forward. — Bontemps

This week: @CLE, @ATL, LAL, OKC


20. Portland Trail Blazers
2021-22 report: 6-8
Earlier rating: 18

As if the Blazers did not have already got sufficient to take care of, Damian Lillard is nursing a decrease belly harm that stored him out on Sunday. With out their star, the Blazers misplaced 124-95 in Denver. Portland has dropped three of its previous 4 video games by eight or extra factors. Off the court docket, the Blazers are coping with the investigation into basic supervisor Neil Olshey. Rookie head coach Chauncey Billups has his work lower out for him. — Youngmisuk

This week: TOR, CHI, PHI


21. Atlanta Hawks
2021-22 report: 5-9
Earlier rating: 19

Trae Young had 42 factors and 10 assists because the Hawks snapped a six-game dropping streak with a win over the Bucks on Sunday. In keeping with ESPN Stats & Info analysis, it was Younger’s eighth 40-point, 10-assist recreation in his profession, breaking a tie with Luka Doncic for probably the most such video games for a participant of their first 4 seasons because the merger (1976-77). It was additionally Younger’s seventeenth 40-point recreation, tying him with Kevin Durant and LeBron James for third most by a participant in his first 4 seasons, behind solely Michael Jordan (62) and Shaquille O’Neal (21). — Lopez

This week: ORL, BOS, CHA


22. Indiana Pacers
2021-22 report: 6-8
Earlier rating: 23

Indiana has bounced again from a 1-6 begin with wins in 5 of its previous seven video games, together with victories over the Jazz, Knicks and Sixers. Indiana’s offense is among the many prime 10 within the league even with Caris LeVert out and in of the lineup on account of a again harm and T.J. Warren but to make his season debut. — Collier

This week: @NY, @DET, @CHA, NO


23. Oklahoma City Thunder
2021-22 report: 5-7
Earlier rating: 26

Lu Dort, who has earned a fame as one of many league’s greatest perimeter defenders, has proven vital enchancment as a driver and finisher this season. He is capturing 61.5% inside 5 ft this season, based on NBA.com stats, an improve from 49.8% within the earlier two seasons. Dort averaged 19.8 factors through the Thunder’s four-game successful streak, which was snapped Sunday by the Nets. — MacMahon

This week: MIA, HOU, @MIL, @BOS


24. Sacramento Kings
2021-22 report: 5-8
Earlier rating: 21

The one advantage of the Marvin Bagley III drama ramping up once more this week — with coach Luke Walton having to reply questions on whether Bagley refused to check in when referred to as upon towards the Suns — is it has taken a few of the highlight away from the shoddy play by Sacramento as of late. The Kings have dropped 4 straight, together with a 136-117 shellacking from a Spurs workforce that was simply 2-7 going into that recreation. — McMenamin

This week: @DET, @MIN, TOR, UTAH


25. Minnesota Timberwolves
2021-22 report: 4-8
Earlier rating: 24

Minnesota has misplaced seven of its previous eight video games and is struggling to generate constant offense regardless of having three dynamic scoring abilities in Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell. Minnesota ranks as a bottom-five workforce in offensive effectivity. — Collier

This week: PHX, SAC, SA, MEM


26. San Antonio Spurs
2021-22 report: 4-9
Earlier rating: 25

In Wednesday’s win over the Kings, the Spurs had 4 bench gamers rating not less than 15 factors. That was the second time that has occurred beneath coach Gregg Popovich, based on ESPN Stats & Info analysis. The bench has been massive this 12 months for the Spurs. San Antonio leads the NBA in bench scoring at 41.7 factors per recreation, fueled by second-year ahead Devin Vassell, who has scored in double figures in eight of the Spurs’ 13 video games. — Lopez

This week: @LAC, @MIN


27. Orlando Magic
2021-22 report: 3-10
Earlier rating: 27

The younger Orlando group suffered two losses this week however obtained a pleasant efficiency from Mo Bamba, who had 14 factors and 17 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to the Wizards. Orlando has a tough five-game highway swing upcoming, together with a visit to Brooklyn and two straight in Milwaukee. — Friedell

This week: @ATL, @NY, @BKN, @MIL


28. Detroit Pistons
2021-22 report: 3-9
Earlier rating: 29

After a victory over No. 2 general decide Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets earlier within the week, Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham adopted that up along with his first second excelling within the clutch throughout Saturday’s win towards the Toronto Raptors. Cunningham scored twice within the ultimate 2:30 of the sport over stellar defensive wing OG Anunoby to assist Detroit safe a victory in what Pistons followers hope is an indication of issues to return. — Collier

This week: SAC, IND, GS, LAL


29. Houston Rockets
2021-22 report: 1-12
Earlier rating: 28

Houston, which has misplaced its previous 11 video games, is paying the value for relying so closely on such an inexperienced backcourt. The Rockets rank final in offensive effectivity (98.9 factors per 100 possessions). Their beginning guards — Kevin Porter Jr. (37.9%, 4.3) and Jalen Inexperienced (35.8%, 3.1) — are two of the 4 gamers within the league capturing lower than 40% from the ground and averaging greater than three turnovers per recreation. — MacMahon

This week: @MEM, @OKC, @NY


30. New Orleans Pelicans
2021-22 report: 1-9
Earlier rating: 30

A vivid spot for New Orleans via 14 video games: Jonas Valanciunas is capturing 15-of-26 from 3-point vary. That is a whopping 57.7%, which is sweet sufficient for the league lead for gamers who make not less than one 3 per recreation. Valanciunas has by no means hit not less than one 3 per recreation for a whole season, and he is now making 1.5 per recreation. — Lopez

This week: @WAS, @MIA, LAC, @IND



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