The NBA and the rest of the sports world can all breathe a sigh of relief as the perfect Golden State Warriors are perfect no more after a loss earlier this week. However they are still the best team in the league and at the top of the Western Conference. The Spurs proved they could beat the lowly Sixers with just their bench and with the Warriors’ first loss are just 3.5 games back from 1st place. The Thunder have hit their stride of late winning 5 straight with KD and Westbrook showing why they’re the best duo in the league. The Clippers have been playing better, winners of 8 out of 10 and have jumped up to the 4th spot with Blake Griffin putting up MVP type numbers. The Mavericks and Grizzlies have slipped a bit going .500 in their last 10 games but are still right in the middle at 5th and 6th. Deron Williams has definitely been a bonus for the Mavs this year. Cracking the top 8 finally are the Rockets sitting in 7th. Going 7-3 over the past 2 weeks, James Harden is willing this team on averaging 29 points per game. The Jazz who have been playing .500 ball all year have hit a rough patch and are now in 8th with a 10-13 record. They’ll most likely hover around that spot all season. On the outside looking in are the Suns, Blazers, Nuggets and T’Wolves all separated by 1.5 games. Out of this bunch the more complete team seems to be the Suns who have had some bad losses to sub par teams early. The young gun T’Wolves squad led behind Rookie of the Year candidate Karl Anthony-Towns might be the dark horse to sneak into the 8th spot. And as for the Blazers, Mason Plumlee is playing fantastic as of late and the backcourt duo of Lilliard and McCollum continue to play well. It will be interesting as the holiday basketball swing heats up. The Western Conference standing right now:

  1. Warriors
  2. Spurs
  3. Thunder
  4. Clippers
  5. Mavericks
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Rockets
  8. Jazz

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still holding down the top spot in the Eastern Conference with their star Power Forward Kevin Love having a much better year than last year. The Bulls are in 2nd but it’s not due to the help of D-Rose. Rose is struggling and the team is being led by young star Jimmy Butler. The Raptors have made a big leap all the way up to 3rd in the East and right behind them are the surprise of the league in the Charlotte Hornets who are 7-3 in their last 10. The Pacers are in 5th due to percentage points and are still being led by MVP candidate Paul George and the solid play of Monta Ellis. The Heat and Celtics and sitting at 6th and 7th but are at two different ends of the spectrum. The Heat are .500 in their last 10 games but should be up around the top 3 spots by the end of the calendar year. The Celtics were almost the first team to knock off the Warriors pushing them to double overtime. Look for the Celtics to make a trade or big free agent signing to help in their playoff push. The Magic have snuck into the 8th spot winning 7 of their last 10. On the outside looking in are the Hawks, Pistons, Knicks and Wizards. The Hawks have the 2nd most wins in the East but are spotted where they are due to the amount of losses also accumulated. All of these teams however haven’t been playing well lately with the exception of the Pistons. Three out of the four teams are currently on a losing streak but the best of the 4 has to be the Hawks. Another interesting fact about the East is the spots 1-8 are separated by 3 games and everyone is over .500. The Eastern Conference standings right now:

  1. Cavaliers
  2. Bulls
  3. Raptors
  4. Hornets
  5. Pacers
  6. Heat
  7. Celtics
  8. Magic

-JT

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