NBA Today Week 22 recap: Grizzlies take a tumble

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The Grizzlies’ week can be summed up like this. For the first time since our Nov. 3 rankings, the Memphis Grizzlies sit outside the top five. The three-spot drop isn’t totally unwarranted after the Grizzlies went 1-3 last week, the lone win coming against the No. 30 Knicks. A big drop does seem a little harsh since the three losses came to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams at home, and the No. 5 team on the road, but the Grizzlies are only 5-5 in their last 10 games and to be considered a top team, you need to beat other top teams.

NO LOVE FOR STREAKING CLIPPERS

The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven in a row since Blake Griffin’s returned eight games ago. But despite the winning streak coinciding with their superstar’s return, the voters are not ready to go all in on the Clippers. The Clippers only rose one spot in the rankings this week, and two total spots since the winning streak started. Not only have the Clippers won seven in a row, but they also own the second best point differential in the NBA for the season (behind the No. 1 Warriors).

CHEER UP UTAH

Over the weekend, the Jazz were officially eliminated from the playoffs in the Western Conference. However, when it comes to eliminated teams, no one is close to as good as the Jazz in the eyes of our voters. The Jazz came in at No. 16 for a second week in a row. The next highest team that is officially eliminated is the Denver Nuggets at No. 24. There may not be basketball beyond mid-April in Utah this season, but clearly the future is bright for the Jazz.

NBA POWER RANKINGS (THROUGH 3/29/15)

Rank (LW) Team
1 (1) Golden State Warriors
2 (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
3 (3) Atlanta Hawks
4 (5) Houston Rockets
5 (6) San Antonio Spurs
6 (7) Los Angeles Clippers
7 (4) Memphis Grizzlies
8 (8) Portland Trail Blazers
9 (11) Chicago Bulls
10 (9) Oklahoma City Thunder
11 (10) Dallas Mavericks
12 (13) New Orleans Pelicans
13 (14) Toronto Raptors
14 (12) Phoenix Suns
15 (15) Washington Wizards
16 (16) Utah Jazz
17 (17) Miami Heat
18 (18) Indiana Pacers
19 (22) Milwaukee Bucks
20 (21) Brooklyn Nets
21 (20) Boston Celtics
22 (19) Charlotte Hornets
23 (24) Detroit Pistons
24 (23) Denver Nuggets
25 (26) Sacramento Kings
26 (25) Orlando Magic
27 (27) Los Angeles Lakers
28 (28) Minnesota Timberwolves
29 (29) Philadelphia 76ers
30 (30) New York Knicks

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