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1- Miami Heat (8-1) I know people want the Thunder in this spot but the Miami Heat is still top dog. In a game where both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were sidelined with injuries, everyone’s favorite whipping boy, Chris Bosh, carried the team to a triple overtime win over the Hawks. This team is on a mission.
2- Oklahoma City Thunder (8-2) Fear not Thunder faithful, I have a feeling your team will be a mainstay in the top 3 of the rankings for the remainder of the season. The big test for the Thunder now is how they come back after losing backup point guard Eric Maynor for the rest of the season to a torn ACL. Don’t underestimate the impact this loss could have simply because Maynor is not a starter. Now is the time for the Thunder to show off all that depth that we keep saying they have.
3- Chicago Bulls (7-2) Somehow the Bulls continue to go unnoticed as they pick up where they left off during last season. Rip Hamilton is playing like a guy determined to wash out the nasty taste that his last years in Detroit left in our mouths. The missing link for the Bulls has been a shooting guard who can take some pressure off Derrick Rose. It appears they have found it.
4- Portland Trailblazers (6-2) Many teams thought the ‘Blazers would be a good team this season. Not many people thought they would be this good. They team finally has a set, cohesive lineup. People know their roles on the team, LaMarcus Aldridge is turning into a superstar and Gerald Wallace is finally being rewarded for all the suffering he endured with the Charlotte Bobcats.
5- San Antonio Spurs (6-3) Spurs beat out the Lakers for the final spot simply because the Spurs were better this past week. I do not expect this to be the case when next Monday rolls around. The Spurs are an aging team that has been hit with a major injury loss in Manu Ginobili. I fully expect the Spurs to come back to Earth. They already began that decent with their loss to the Thunder who were playing their 3rd game in 3 nights.
Player of the Week: Steve Nash, PG Suns
Nash gets my player of the week because he proved to everyone that he isn’t a washed up player yet. On a team that appeared to be going nowhere this past week, Nash averaged 15.8 PTS, 11.8 AST 1.8 STL and was shooting 69% from the field, leading the Suns to a 3-1 record this week.
Best Game of the Week:
Heat at Clippers (Wednesday): The big 3 of Miami vs. Blake Griffin and CP3. Enough said. Check out this game on EPSN at 9:30 CST.
Worst Game Of The Week:
Pistons at Bucks (Thursday): Unless you have Brandon Knight or Austin Daye on your fantasy team there is no need to watch this game. The Bucks offense is difficult to stomach and do not appear to be getting any better. Pistons have young pieces that are still trying to figure everything out and it shows on the court.