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NBA Power Rankings: Week 5, Warriors Getting it Together

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         Mid-Week update here for the 5th week in the NBA, and week 4 can be found here

Highest Risers: Grizzlies (+12), Knicks (+10), Pelicans (+9)
Biggest Droppers: Jazz (-7), Pistons (-7), Bucks/Thunder (-5)

1] Los Angeles Clippers: 13-2 (1) 
          The Clippers dropped their second game of the year, at home, again, against a gritty Memphis squad that seemingly couldn't miss. The defense has taken a bit of a dip, but going 4-1 since the last ranking, with solid victories against the Raptors and Bulls. Wesley Johnson missing off the bench was a bigger thorn than initially thought. Doc still has the Clippers as the league's best defense. JJ Redick is also starting to get his stroke back.

Week 6: @ Dallas, @ Detroit, @ Indiana

2] Golden State Warriors: 12-2 (3)
             After an average 4-2 start, the Warriors have started to click, having won the last eight, with only two of those victories coming in single digits. All this has coincides with Klay slowly getting back into a groove, clicking perfectly in his role in between Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

Week 6: vs Lakers, @ Lakers, vs Minnesota*

3] Cleveland Cavaliers: 10-2 (2)
              Cleveland dropped a game in Indiana while LeBron ended up with the classic DNP-Old Age, but the Cavs are still the cream of the crop and should run away with the East, taking another regular season title and should be the front runners for LeBron's umpteenth finals appearance. 

Week 6: vs Portland, vs Dallas, @ Philadelphia

4] San Antonio Spurs: 11-3 (4)
                  Despite being without Tim Duncan, the Spurs are remaining among the league's elite, a testament to the coaching prowess of Gregg Popovich. Improvements from Kawhi Leonard, and  the addition of Pau Gasol have really paid dividends early on.

Week 6: @ Charlotte @ Boston, @ Washington*

5] Memphis Grizzlies: 9-5 (17)
               Memphis is getting back to playing Memphis basketball while Chandler Parson's is bringing in the offensive spark that the Grizz have been missing for a while. Fizdale is doing a solid job during his debut campaign.

6] Houston Rockets: 9-5 (13)
7] Chicago Bulls: 9-6 (11)
8] Toronto Raptors: 8-6 (6)
9] Atlanta Hawks: 9-5 (5)
10] Portland Trail Blazers: 8-8 (7)

11] Boston Celtics: 8-6 (12)
12] Charlotte Hornets: 8-5 (8)
13] New York Knicks: 7-7 (23)
14] Los Angeles Lakers: 8-7 (15)
15] Oklahoma City Thunder: 8-7 (10)

16] Utah Jazz: 7-8 (16)
17] Indiana Pacers: 7-8 (19)
18] Denver Nuggets: 6-8 (18)
19] Milwaukee Bucks: 6-7 (14)
20] New Orleans Pelicans: 5-10 (29)

21] Sacramento Kings: 5-9 (20)
22] Washington Wizards: 4-9 (26)
23] Detroit Pistons: 6-9 (16)
24] Orlando Magic: 6-8 (27)
25] Minnesota Timberwolves: 4-9 (21)

26] Washington Wizards: 4-9 (26)
27] Miami Heat: 4-9 (24)
28] Philadelphia 76ers: 4-10 (30)
29] Phoenix Suns: 4-11 (25)
30] Dallas Mavericks: 2-11 (28)

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