NBA Power Ranking Week 5: Grizzlies No. 1 despite loss to Denver

NBA Power Ranking Week 5: Grizzlies No. 1 despite loss to Denver

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Nov 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM PST
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The season enters it's two months with a new No.1 team in the NBA Power Rankings Week 5. Although the Memphis Grizzlies longest win streaks in franchise history ended with a loss to Denver it's time to start another run during their season-high homestand.

The Grizzlies will welcome three struggling opponents in a row to FedExForum on week 5, beginning with Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto on Wednesday.

San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, meanwhile, move to No. 2 and No. 3 respectively based on the week's winning spurts while New York Knicks retained the No. 4 spot. Oklahoma City Thunder closes in at No.5 spot.

Team to watch this week would be the surging Atlanta Hawks which won five straight and Denver Nuggets in four-winning streak. Houston Rockets and the NBA family are grieving on Kevin McHale's daughter who dies at young age.

Check the NBA Power Ranking Week 5

1. Memphis Grizzlies 9-2 The Grizzlies leads the Southwest over the Spurs with 9-2 record but not necessary mean they will lead in the ranking. At least for now, they are legit with the arsenal they've got. Although they lost in Denver in Monday they bounced back defeating the Lakers on the next game. Ranking 2 to 1

2. San Antonio Spurs 11-3 After they lost to the Clippers at home, Spurs won three games on the road beating Boston, Indiana and Toronto. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker compbined to close the game in OT win against the Raptors. West Conference Southwest division suddenly flares up with Spurs or Grizzlies racing each other. Ranking 1 to 2 \

3. Miami Heat 10-3 After they lost to the Clippers, the Heat is on 4-games winning streak with close game against Milwaukee and Cleveland. Ray Allen stole the show off Lebron with clutch 3-pointers to save games for Miami. Ranking 5 to 3.

4. New York Knicks 9-3 Knicks are on top of the Atlantic, despite 3-2 during the week span with back to back losses on the road all in Texas.(Dallas and Houston) They beat Detroit at home and visits nearby Brooklyn in a marquee matchup on Monday.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder 10-4 After sloppy start, Thunder is 3-1 during the week with a surprising loss to Boston on Friday. Durant and Westbrook tandem still the best in the league. Ranking 6 to 5.

6. Brooklyn Nets 8-4 The Nets were 3-2 on the week with back to back loss to the Lakers and Warriors. Derron Williams and Brook Lopez tanden are good but if you throw hot shooting Joe Johnson in the mix, it's super ggod. Ranking 8 to 6.

7. Atlanta Hawks 8-4 The Hawks won 4-times in a row in the week with good stops on defense and scoring in transition. The Hawks ables to wear down the Clippers' duo, Griffin and Paul on Saturday. Ranking 13 to 7

8. Los Angeles Clippers 8-5 The Clips are currently in 3-games skid on the road after they won last Monday in San Antonio. Clippers deep bench lost the touch or the starters with Paul and Griffin. Ranking 3 to 8.

9. Philadelphia Sixers 7-6 Sixers are 2-2 durin the week, losing against Cleveland and Oklahoma City. Point guard Jrue Holiday's four-year, $41 million contract extension is a money well spent. Ranking 10 ro 9.

10. Boston Celtics 7-6 Celtics goes 2-2 during the week after losing to Detroit and San Antonio, they pick on winning Oklahoma City and Orlando. Ranking 9 to 10

11. Golden State Warriors 8-6 Warriors are 3-1 during the week with just a loss to Denver. Andrew Bogut hopes to return to Warriors' lineup on Dec. 1 Ranking 18 to 11

12. Denver Nuggets 8-6 Nuggets is hot with 4-winning streak and look for a season-high fifth straight victory Monday night against the Jazz. Ranking 16 to 12

13. Milwaukee Bucks 6-5 The Bucks is in three-game winning streak and also lost 3-game on a row. Ranking 7 to 13

14. Chicago Bulls 6-6 Bulls lost to Portland and Houston after finally picking a win at Milwaukee with Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer back on the court. Ranking 11 to 14

15. Charlotte Bobcats 7-5 Bobcats is way above .500 start after registering a with a winning week. The Hawks beat Milwaukee, Toronto, Washington but lost to Atlanta. Ranking 19 to 15

16. Los Angeles Lakers 7-7 Mike D'Antoni still limping from knee replacement surgery before taking the job, evened his record at 2-2. Ranking 14 to 16

17. Dallas Mavericks 7-7 Mavericks fell back to .500 in their 14th game without Nowitzki. Ranking 12 to 17

18. Utah Jazz 7-7 Jazz will be out to try to improve to 6-0 at home on Monday night against Denver. Ranking 15 to 18

19. Portland Trail Blazers 6-7 Trail Blazers may be without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge with stiff back as they visit the Pistons on Monday night.

20. Houston Rockets 6-7 Houston rolled to a 131-103 victory in Jeremy Lin's first game against the New York Knicks. With Lin score-first mentality, does Houston needs a point guard? Ranking 21 to 20.

21. Indiana Pacers 6-8 Without injured All-Star Danny Granger, the Pacers have asked Paul George to shoulder the scoring load. Ranking 22 to 21

22. Phoenix Suns 6-8 Suns are are one of the worst defensive team in the league. Ranking 24 to 22

23. Orlando Magic 5-8 Against Boston, Magic has seventh straight game in which they have had at least 15 turnovers. And it's not easy to win playing like that. Ranking 25 to 23

24. Minnesota Timberwolves 5-7 NBA All-Star Kevin Love comeback can't stop the bleeding for the Wolves that lost five in a row. Ranking 17 to 24

25. Sacramento Kings 4-9 Kings now lost seven of their eight games. Ranking 28 to 25

26. Cleveland Cavaliers 3-10 Cleveland allowed the Heat to rally from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:53 of a 110-108 loss. It would have been sweet win for the Cavs fans against Lebron. Ranking 27 to 26.

27. New Orleans Hornets 3-8 Hornets rookie Anthony Davis could miss another two weeks after spraining his ankle three times in three days. Ranking 19 to 23

28. Detroit Pistons 3-11 The Pistons started 0-8 before winning three of their next five, but were back to being bad on Sunday against Knicks. They committed 20 turnovers, leading to 33 points. Ranking 29 to 28

29. Toronto Raptors 3-11 The Raptors lost all three games of their three-game trip this past week, two of them by one point. Ranking 26 to 29

30. Washington Wizards 0-11 The Wizards are still seeking win number one after yet another painful 2-point late game loss against the Bobcats.

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Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers The Grizzlies won 106-98. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
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