So we go from “Linsanity” to what…”Lucasanity,” courtesy of ESPN.
Lucas III has stepped up in the absence of Derrick Rose, being aggressive off the bench and scoring points in the clutch. Kudos to him.
Kevin Love just scored 51 points in a game, and the next night he went off for 30 and 21 rebounds.
And watching a Kevin Durant shooting display is graceful.
Awol’s Top 5 Rankings
* Based on how teams are playing right now…
1. Chicago Bulls – Coach Thibodeau is on track to be the first back-to-back Coach of the Year. The Bulls find ways to win relying on defense and sharing the ball, riding the hot hand. Not to mention they continue to play through injuries, including the reigning MVP Derrick Rose. They have the best rebounding team, 2nd best defense, best record in the league, and the best road record as well.
2. Oklahoma City – These guys go about their business and continue to roll, featuring the best scoring duo in the league. Kevin Durant exerts little energy to light up the scoreboard, and Russell Westbrook has elevated his game to another level. James Harden is an all around player, he is in line for Sixth Man of the Year. Also, these guys don’t lose many games at home.
3. San Antonio – The Spurs always seem to fly under the radar. They are 4th and scoring and won 7 of their last 8 games, one without Tim Duncan. Manu Ginobli is back and will be needed to make a run at a title, and their youth is stepping up with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Greene. This team takes care of business on their home court. Tony Parker has played at a high level all year and Greg Popovich is pushing the right buttons.
4. Miami Heat – Notice the pattern? The best teams in the league don’t lose at home. The Heat have the best home record and the talent goes without saying. Adding Ronny Turiaf makes sure they have a guy to do the dirty work on the floor by committee, between him and Udonis Haslem. They won 4 straight games before OKC had something to prove, it simply meant more to the Thunder. Perhaps this team is disinterested and waiting for the playoffs, because they have too many lulls and tend to be stagnant in half court offense. When they don’t get fastbreaks, they’re very beatable.
5. Los Angeles Lakers – The Lake Show wavers back and forth between contending and dissension, there’s a fine line and they’re toying with is. Ramon Sessions is giving this team an element they’ve been missing, a distributor that can make shots. Andrew Bynum needs to post 20+ a night to be in the championship picture. No one wants to challenge him, but is Kobe Bryant fatigued from playing a lot of games in so little time? Mike Brown benched Bryant the other night, let’s see how the drama in Hollywood unfolds…