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Another Miami-Oklahoma City finals showdown appears to be looming ... five days into the season.

November 03, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Ray Allen, left, and LeBron James helped the Miami Heat claim the top spot in The Times' NBA rankings.
Ray Allen, left, and LeBron James helped the Miami Heat claim the top spot… (Wilfredo Lee / Associated…)

1. MIAMI (2-1)     The 72-win Chicago Bulls are already resting easier.
2. OKLA. CITY (1-1)    The glue of the franchise never got a chance to fully Harden.

3. SAN ANTONIO (3-0)    Nobody constructs a roster suited for the regular season like these guys.
4. CLIPPERS (2-0)     Reserve unit alone appears capable of contending for Pacific Division title.
5. BOSTON (1-2)     Could slow-starting Celtics finally have some empathy for Lakers? Nah.
6. LAKERS (0-3)     Mike Brown won’t be friending Charles Barkley or Kenny Smith any time soon
7. INDIANA (2-1)     Losing to Hickory High from “Hoosiers” would be more palatable than Bobcats.
8. HOUSTON (2-1)    James Harden’s early performances send Rockets fans into orbit.
9. MEMPHIS (1-1)    Grizzlies still wondering what this purported Clippers Curse is all about.
10. DENVER (0-3)     Trendy pick to make a run in the West already sprinting in wrong direction.
11. PHILA. (1-0)     Internship at Men’s Health could have suited Bynum better than Evan Turner.
12. CHICAGO (2-1)     Good luck keeping this up until Derrick Rose gets back.
13. NEW YORK (1-0)    Victory over Heat mercifully takes Sandy off tabloid covers.
14. BROOKLYN (1-0)     These aren’t your older-by-10-seconds twin brother’s Nets.

15. DALLAS (2-1)    They don’t have Nowitzki, but they’ll always have Staples on opening night.
16. MILWAUKEE (2-0)     Maybe Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis works on paper and in reality.
17. MINNESOTA (1-0)     Kevin Love just coined a new term: knucklehead pushups.
18. GOLDEN ST. (1-1)    Brandon Rush’s knee latest in long history of injuries for wounded Warriors.
19. UTAH (1-2)    Former Clippers Mo Williams, Randy Foye are now latter-day saints for Jazz
20. PORTLAND (2-1)    Trail Blazers might go 82-0 if they could play Lakers 82 times at Rose Garden

21. ATLANTA (0-1)      Life without Joe Johnson includes less of a financial commitment, more losses.
22. ORLANDO (1-0)    Broken hearts now have to endure Turkoglu’s broken hand.
23 CLEVELAND (1-2)    Somebody snap a photo of the standings with the Cavaliers out of last place.
24. NEW ORL. (2-1)    Elbowed-in-the-head Anthony Davis gives Austin Rivers tips on buddy system.
25 PHOENIX (1-1)    Visions of pingpong balls already dancing in owner Robert Sarver’s head.
26. TORONTO (0-2)     This could be DeMar DeRozan’s farewell tour before heading stateside.
27. WASH. (0-2)    You didn’t really think Nationals, Orioles successes would carry over, did you?
28. SACRA. (0-3)    At least Kings had the preseason to feel good about themselves.
29. DETROIT (0-2)    Pistons will get another chance to embarrass alleged Lakers super team.

RON PAUL HAS A BETTER SHOT30. CHARLOTTE (1-1)    Must have been nice seeing that 1.000 percentage for a while.

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