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Top Ten Thursday; NBA Basketball

​The NBA season has gone through the last 5 weeks rather fast and there are some new faces in this weeks top 10.

10. Washington Wizards (8-5) Previous Rank: N/A
Last game: Defeated the Sacramento Kings 110-92
​Next game: Miami Heat Wednesday night
Washington continues to excite behind John Wall and Bradley Beal but need to figure out a new defensive strategy.

 

9. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-7) Previous Rank: 10
​Last game: Defeated the New York Knicks 104-101
Next game: Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night
The defense is last in the league and LeBron James cant do it all himself.

 

 

8. Memphis Grizzlies (7-6) Previous Rank: 5
​Last game: Lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 110-103
Next game: Indiana Pacers Wednesday night
Marc Gasol continues to dominate for the Grizzlies offense as he averages 144 offensive touches per 100 possessions.

 

7. Denver Nuggets (8-6) Previous Rank: N/A
Last game: Lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 99-82
​Next game: Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Jokic seems to be the king of no look passes and continues to excel in the Nuggets offense after putting up 41 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists against the Nets.

 

6. Toronto Raptors (8-5) Previous Rank: 7
Last game: Defeated the Houston Rockets 129-113
Next game: New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night
The defense continues to improve as they held the Pelicans duo Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins to 38 points combined on 37% shooting.

 

5. San Antonio Spurs (9-5) Previous Rank: 6
​Last game: Defeated the Dallas Mavericks 97-91
​Next game: Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night
The Spurs have improved a lot during the last 5 games as they went from third word offense efficiency to the fourth best in the league trailing only the Warriors and Rockets.

 

4. Detroit Pistons (10-3) Previous Rank: 8
​Last game: Defeated the Miami Heat 112-103
​Next game: Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks
Andre Drummond fixed his free throw style and has improved his game since last season as he has grabbed at least 12 rebounds in all 13 games this season.

 

3. Boston Celtics (13-2) Previous Rank: 2
​Last game: Defeated the Brooklyn Nets 109-102
Next game: Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors
The Celtics have won 13 straight after losing the first two games of the season and that is a big thanks to there defense as it continues to improve each and every game.

 

2. Houston Rockets (11-4) Previous Rank: 3
Last game: Lost to the Toronto Raptors 129-113
​Next game: Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns
James Harden has made at least six 3-pointers in five straight games this season. Harden either scored or assisted on nine 3-pointers per game this season which is the most in the NBA.

 


1. Golden State Warriors (11-3) Previous Rank: 1
Last game: Defeated the Orlando Magic 110-100
Next game: Thursday night against the Boston Celtics
The offense is still dynamic this season and Klay Thompson is shooting 82% from the field on passes from Curry and the team has won the past 6 games by 17 or more points.

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