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The Times' NBA rankings

The Bulls still lead the way, followed by the Thunder, Heat and Spurs.

April 07, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls are looking good at the top of The Times' NBA rankings.
Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls are looking good at the top of The Times'… (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated…)

BEN BOLCH'S RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY

LIFE IS ONE BIG EGG HUNT

1. CHICAGO (43-13) Joakim Noah high on another list: Bleacher Report's 100 Ugliest People in Sports. (1)

2. OKLAHOMA CITY (40-15) Trendy pick to win it all needs to hold off Spurs to get top spot in West. (2)

3. MIAMI (39-15) Like Cruise in "Cocktail": "Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end." (3)

4. SAN ANTONIO (39-14) Spurs are up there in dog years but probably aren't built to last in playoffs. (4)

PLENTY OF CHOCOLATE IN THEIR BASKETS

5. LAKERS (35-22) 7-footer Andrew Bynum could use some Miracle-Gro in the maturity department. (6)

6. INDIANA (34-22) File win over Oklahoma City as "One to remember," if Thunder doesn't flop in playoffs. (7)

7. CLIPPERS (33-22)+ Lob City is once again wiped out by Lakers' ground forces. (9)

6. ORLANDO (33-23) Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard could use some intensive couples therapy. (5)

9. ATLANTA (34-23) Braves won't siphon fans, because city hardly supports either franchise. (8)

10. MEMPHIS (32-23) Grizzlies part of playoff scrum packed tighter than airline passengers in economy. (10)

11. BOSTON (31-24) Maybe Big Three will make another appearance at Staples Center after all. (12)

12. DALLAS (31-26) Defending champions may not get break-even odds to get past first round. (11)

EASY TO PASSOVER IN THE STANDINGS

13. DENVER (30-25)+ Fourth quarter is Andre Miller time (13 points) in victory over Suns. (14)

14. HOUSTON (30-25) Rockets should sell "How to Neutralize Andrew Bynum for Dummies." (15)

15. PHILADELPHIA (29-26) Andre Iguodala not in running for teammate of year after bashing Lou Williams' defense. (13)

16. UTAH (29-27) Win over Warriors is chicken noodle soup for ailing Paul Millsap, C.J. Miles. (16)

17. PHOENIX (29-27) Steve Nash isn't about to go away; apparently neither are Suns' playoffs chances. (18)

18. NEW YORK (28-27) Best hope: Grab No. 8 spot, hope for lockout-shortened 1999 playoffs repeat. (17)

19. MILWAUKEE (28-28) Luc Richard Mbah a Moute can bewedding consultant if hoops career falters. (20)

20. PORTLAND (27-30) Kaleb Canales, Mike Brown prove video coordinators can make it in NBA. (21)

21. MINNESOTA (25-32) Fantasy league players who have Kevin Love dispute that he has nothing left to play for. (19)

TITLE CHANCES AS REAL AS EASTER BUNNY

22. GOLDEN STATE (21-33)+ Terrible after trading Monta Ellis, Warriors send their regrets on a nightly basis. (22)

23. DETROIT (21-34) Prince Fielder making so much money he should have to help Pistons too. (24)

24. TORONTO (20-36) Raptors have enough wins for NCAA field, but couldn't beat Lehigh. (26)

25. SACRAMENTO (19-36)+ League charges DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for baby-sitting Blake Griffin. (25)

26. CLEVELAND (18-35) On the bright side, maybe Cavaliers can use season as a massive tax write-off. (23)

27. NEW JERSEY (20-37) L.A. fans embrace Kris Humphries with same warmth they reserve for Frank McCourt. (27)

28. NEW ORLEANS (15-41) Chamber of Commerce expunges Hornets from brochures. (28)

29. WASHINGTON (12-44) Washington Nationals might win more games in a month than Wizards in a season. (29)

NEEDS TO SPEND MORE TIME IN CONFESSIONAL

30. CHARLOTTE (7-47) Season was over for Bobcats long before it was for Duke or UNC. (30)

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