- Marc Stein
Tres juegos permanecen en la gira 284to por carretera en la historia de la NBA que abarca por lo menos siete juegos.
Tres victorias más permitirán a los Golden State Warriors ser el primero de esos 284 equipos que barre un viaje tan largo.
Esta es la clase de absurdos que echamos un poco con los Warriors, que - si hubiera una manera de cuantificar tales cosas - han abierto la ventaja más grande en la parte superior de la clasificación que hemos visto nunca antes de Navidad.
Tengamos en cuenta que el mejor comienzo en la historia de la NBA anterior fue 15-0. Estos Warriors lo han sobrepasado por un touchdown en ruta al enfrentamiento del martes con los Indiana Pacers. Con paradas en Boston y Milwaukee antes de llegar a casa, el fiel Basketball Power Index de ESPN ahora los proyecta para terminar 71-11 para la temporada.
"Esto es normal ahora" insiste el francotirador Klay Thompson. Perdónanos, Klay, si aquellos de nosotros aún está ajustando.
Vamos a llegar al resto de la liga, como siempre. Pero es el mundo de los Warriors en estos días, por lo que la propiedad de primera en este Ranking por derecho les pertenece.
Profusas gracias a Micah Adams y el resto del ala NBA de ESPN Stats & Information, así como el Elias Sports Bureau, por toda la ayuda de datos proporcionada al Comité de uno para ensamblar la escalera de esta semana en la carrera durante el viaje los Dubs.
|2015-16 Power Rankings: Week 6|
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|Scary omen alert: Golden State is just the fourth team in history to win its first 10 road games ... and the other three teams (Celtics in 1960-61, Celtics again in 1961-62 and Knicks in 1969-70) went on to win it all. These Warriors can become the first team to start a season 13-0 on the road with a win Tuesday night at Indiana.|
|If Paul George is struggling to get attention, thanks to the spotlight-hogging Warriors and Steph Curry, what can we say about poor Kawhi Leonard? The Spurs, meanwhile, have actually held a lead for a greater percentage of their fourth-quarter minutes than the Warriors have. Which is, well, something.|
|The highest winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, with 25 percent of the season gone, belongs to ... the Miami Heat? So it says in the standings despite the fact that the Heat were the only team among the 10 in the East with winning records as of Monday morning sporting a negative plus/minus (minus-1) when measuring home losses against road victories.|
|An impressive home win over the Spurs to begin the week took Chicago to 3-0 against San Antonio, Cleveland and Oklahoma City. The rest of the NBA is 16-42 against those three teams. The Bulls, though, continue to leave the impression that they're not playing as well as it sounds ... as this Nick Friedell tweet conveys better than we can.|
|Russell Westbrook keeps messing around and getting triple-doubles, while Kevin Durant delivers increasingly frequent reminders of his return to peak form. The Thunder, though, can't escape the fact that their fourth-quarter execution has frankly been as spotty as ever and, worse, doesn't seem to be getting any better.|
|OK, OK. We're listening now, LeBron. Something is going on with the Cavs beyond mere injuries, so we've suspended all scoffing at the pleas for more hunger and focus. In this current 2-4 funk, King James & Co. are averaging just 94.8 points per 100 possessions and shooting a lowly 40 percent from the floor as a group.|
|LeBron James. Kevin Durant. Kawhi Leonard. Carmelo Anthony. And Paul George. In what order would you rank the game's foremost fivesome of small forwards? The fact that George has so spectacularly soared right back into that upper class is a big reason why Tuesday night's Warriors-Pacers date is going to be mega-hyped.|
|Teams with real playoff aspirations don't spend time dwelling on moral victories, so we're hesitant to shower too much love on the Raps after they played Golden State as closely as anyone has -- for the second time -- only to come up agonizingly short (again). Playing down to weaker competition, as Toronto tends to do, tends to kill that buzz.|
|The Celtics awoke Monday perched at No. 3 overall in defensive efficiency and coming off of pretty impressive offensive showings against the only two teams that rate higher on D (San Antonio and Miami). In its 11 wins, Boston has prevailed by an average of 16.9 points. Those nine losses, though, came by an average of 10.1 points.|
|Not the worst Facebook status a team could post: Only team in the league to beat Chicago in Chicago in regulation this season. The Hornets, mind you, had been as sharp at home as any team on the map before hosting Golden State last Wednesday, when Dell Curry Night not-so-surprisingly became another Steph Curry Night.|
|You'll need League Pass to do so, but drop in on Hawks at Thunder on Thursday night to catch a true contrast in styles. Atlanta hasn't had a 30-point scorer in more than a year since Paul Millsap got there early last season. OKC, by contrast, has seen 51 30-point games in that same span, (mostly) courtesy of Westbrook and Durant.|
|You know how much we love the old school plus/minus stat. The one where you subtract home Ls from road Ws to get a better read on how teams are doing so early in the season. We suspect that the Mavs, at the moment, are as fond of that stat as we are, given that they're No. 3 in the West at plus-4, behind only the top two teams in these rankings.|
|It's true: We're fairly predictable with our Pistons mini-commentaries. But it's hard to resist writing over and over about Andre Drummond when he's averaging 18.5 PPG and 17.5 RPG. If he can maintain those standards for the entire season, Drummond would be the NBA's first 18 and 17 guy since Moses Malone way back in 1978-79.|
|Things have certainly picked up offensively for the Griz since their torturous 3-6 start, but they're by no means all the way back to elite status. At No. 20 in defensive efficiency, Memphis is barely keeping itself off the list of teams in the bottom 10 of both OE and DE (Wizards, Nets, Nuggets, Bucks and Lakers).|
|Count me among the masses who wanted to see the ball in Gordon Hayward's hands for the fateful late possession that sealed Utah's heartbreaking home loss to Golden State last Monday night. The indefinite loss of defensive anchor Rudy Gobert to a knee sprain, of course, drowns out any and all hoop debates in Salt Lake City.|
|Not so sure that the East has improved as much as the narrative suggests, since it still lacks a clear-cut No. 2 challenger to Cleveland and with various up-and-down teams in the mighty West sure to pick it up sooner rather than later. But the Magic, at 5-1 since Victor Oladipo's move to the bench, are legit early-season darlings.|
|Chris Paul and Derrick Rose, believe it or not, have not squared off in a game in nearly four years, dating all the way back to Dec. 30, 2011. Thursday night's early TNT offering is the latest opportunity for a reunion, but CP3 has been sidelined by a rib issue while D-Rose continues to scuffle with blurred vision and shaky shooting.|
|You have to know that the Rockets are going to be active after such a bumpy start, but they're up to 10-2 now then when they score 100-plus points, compared to 0-9 when they fail to crack triple digits. As for James Harden: The Beard was shooting 34.4 percent in fourth quarters for before Friday's late clinching outburst at hated Dallas.|
|Following the Warriors around landed your trusty committee its first trip to our beloved Toronto in eight years. But this glorious gig giveth AND taketh away. To stay on schedule, we had to leave Brooklyn for Indianapolis on Monday afternoon, which meant missing out on the glory of the maiden Porzingis-Dirk duel at MSG.|
|Amid the ongoing gaudy numbers from Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, as well as the unheralded contributions coming from the likes of Allen Crabbe and Ed Davis, we would be delinquent in our duties if we didn't point out that Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers just won the city's first championship since the '77 Blazers.|
|If you've been tracking Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight & Co., with Tyson Chandler still sidelined and Markieff Morris perhaps headed elsewhere via trade, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that the slumping Suns are getting nearly 25 points per game more from their backcourt than their bigs. Only Portland has a bigger drop-off.|
|In each of the last seven full NBA seasons, it took 45 wins to snag a playoff berth in the West. The Pels are thus hoping two things right now: (1) That Friday's stirring OT win over LeBron James' Cavs will be the spark that gets their season going; (2) That these iffy times in the West mean the 2015-16 playoff bar will be lower.|
|Had to be reassuring for Wolves fans to see Karl-Anthony Towns bust out for 27 points and 12 boards in the otherwise demoralizing fall-from-ahead loss to Portland on Saturday. Priorities for 'Sota going forward: Doing a better job of holding leads and getting Towns and Andrew Wiggins to more consistently flourish on the same night.|
|Worrisome times in Washington. Marcin Gortat is back home in Poland tending to a family matter. John Wall just suffered a knee bruise after his roaring start to December. And the schedule is suddenly serving up a flurry of quality teams for the rest of this month at a time team confidence is low. Crucial stretch for these guys.|
|Are we perhaps overlooking Milwaukee -- in the seventh game of a seven-city trip over 13 days that will cover 7,388 miles by the time it's over -- as the destination that could finally trip the Warriors up? You can understand why if so, with the Bucks still parked in the bottom five in defensive efficiency after placing No. 2 in DE last season.|
|Didn't necessarily expect it to be Rajon Rondo-getting-ejecting bad, but we had a feeling the trip abroad might not be so favorable for the Kings, given Mexico City's high altitude and Boston's superior depth to cope with it better. Also didn't expect a funk so royal for DeMarcus Cousins that he'd be ripping himself like we heard Sunday night.|
|The Nuggets, based on the available evidence, absolutely have to score 100 points to have any shot at winning. Otherwise? They're 0-10 when they don't make it to triple digits and, worse yet, have somehow been held under 90 six times already this season. It's only happened to one team more often: Philadelphia (you guessed it) 11 times.|
|It was on the surreal side for the Committee, in its first visit to Barclays Center for something other than All-Star Weekend, to see Mikhail Prokhorov in the building, too. Yet it only served to remind us that it can't be a good thing for the Nets that the boss' appearances still make headline news when he shows because they're so rare.|
|Even we, as hopelessly unapologetic basketball romantics, can't ignore the fact that Kobe Bryant's field goal percentage for the season has sunk to an unfathomably poor .296. Nor can we dispute that the loss in Philly might have been the most embarrassing L in team history, given that the Lakers had NEVER lost to a team worse than 0-5.|
|In the 251 days that elapsed between victories for the Sixers, Golden State went 44-7 (including the playoffs) in winning its first NBA championship in 40 years ... and an entire Major League Baseball season was played. For more on this 1-20 outfit, read Zach Lowe's sitdown with beleaguered coach Brett Brown.|