By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman
Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 5 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at @BullsTalkCSN with comments or criticisms.
|1|| Tony: Five-game winning streak pushes them to No. 1.|
Mark: Point-differential (+9.8) best in the NBA by more than a point (NYK: +8.2)
|2|| Tony: Hottest team in the NBA, led by Mr. Sportsman of the Year.|
Mark: Best record in the West, and maybe the best defense in the NBA.
|3|| Tony: Nearly unbeatable at home (8-1).|
Mark: Westbrook's improvement nearly as impressive as Durant's.
|4|| Tony: Only lost by 5 to Heat on the road without 4 best players? This is a good team.|
Mark: Thursday night's game in Miami will be a good test.
|5|| Tony: Carmelo will definitely be getting some MVP votes.|
Mark: Hey, Stern: The rest worked. Spurs beat Memphis in overtime on Saturday.
|6|| Tony: Basketball is back in the Big Apple.|
Mark: Three-game win streak after losing four in a row after last week.
|7|| Tony: Still hot, but just not as sizzling as teams above them.|
Mark: Blatche has played well in Lopez's absence.
|8|| Tony: Remember, they're doing this all without Bynum.|
Mark: Evan Turner may be the league's most improved player.
|9|| Tony: Cracking the Top 10, and they deserve it.|
Mark: Won six in a row before a home loss to the Cavaliers. Huh?
|10|| Tony: Getting hot as season picks up. 7-3 since 2-2 start.|
Mark: Stephen Curry's ankles look healthy...for now.
|11|| Tony: Still hovering around .500. Will age catch up to them?|
Mark: Losses at Utah, Golden State and Los Angeles were disappointing for talented roster.
|12|| Tony: Very well balanced team just hitting its stride.|
Mark: Rondo coming back after two-game suspension.
|13|| Tony: Clawed their way back to over .500.|
Mark: Belinelli, Butler need to step up while Hamilton recovers from foot injury.
|14|| Tony: This is just getting sad now.|
Mark: Larry Sanders quietly third in the league in blocks per game (3.0).
|15|| Tony: Just gotta stay afloat 'til Dirk returns.|
Mark: Pau is out with tendinitis, but he wasn't doing much in D'Antoni's system.
|16|| Tony: They'll continue to stay alive in what will prove to be close Central race.|
Mark: Won four of their last five, all at home.
|17|| Tony: Bad news about Favors, just as he was coming into his own.|
Mark: Lucky to be in the Central, where they're still competing with Granger on the bench.
|18|| Tony: Still underperforming, but right in the thick of playoff chase.|
Mark: Nice revenge win last week against Los Angeles for Randy Foye, Mo Williams.
|19|| Tony: Omer Asik is a double-double every night.|
Mark: Rubio likely less than two weeks away.
|20|| Tony: Love is back, Rubio on the way.|
Mark: They've lost 4 of 6, and now head to the West coast.
|21|| Tony: Starting to revert back to form with four-game losing streak.|
Mark: Back-to-back overtime wins at CLE and CHA after losing four in a row. Not great.
|22|| Tony: Finding a way to win some close games so far.|
Mark: Have now lost four in a row, and five of six.
|23|| Tony: Allowing the most points per game in NBA.|
Mark: Nice road wins over Los Angeles and Golden State to start five-game roadtrip.
|24|| Tony: Have quietly started another winning streak.|
Mark: Three-game losing streak, and the schedule gets tougher from here.
|25|| Tony: They've really turned things around in a hurry.|
Mark: Now have a winning record (6-5) since winless start through eight games.
|26|| Tony: Have lost 9 of 11 since 3-2 start.|
Mark: Anthony Davis injuries starting to be a concern?
|27|| Tony: Having real issues distributing on offense (last in NBA in assists per game).|
Mark: The fourth Jonas brother, Valanciunas, is improving each week.
|28|| Tony: Have dropped 7 of 8 as inconsistency shows.|
Mark: Isaiah Thomas a real disappointment early this season.
|29|| Tony: They just look lost without Kyrie.|
Mark: Anderson Varejao will be an enticing trade candidate at the deadline.
|30|| Tony: Hey! They won a game!|
Mark: Injuries continue to decimate an already-shallow roster.