The Times’ NBA rankings
(Rankings through Saturday)
GRAY WHALES TRAVEL IN PAIRS
1; MIAMI (4-0) You can’t win them all? Heat will try.
2; OKLAHOMA CITY (4-0) Dr. Phil may have to arrange sit-down with Westbrook and Durant.
POTENTIALLY BIG FISH
3; CHICAGO (3-1) Rose and Hamilton best Bulls duo since Pippen and that Jordan guy.
4; LAKERS (3-2) Fans want real thing in Dwight Howard, get Kurt Rambis clone.
5; INDIANA (3-0) Adding David West leads to a big move north in standings.
6; PORTLAND (3-0) Rip City meets Lob City on Sunday against Clippers.
7; ORLANDO (3-1) Howard suddenly a happy camper, but for how long?
8; DENVER (2-2) Half of team marooned in China; better half off to solid start.
9; SAN ANTONIO (2-1) Gregg Popovich once lost to Caltech, so Rockets defeat no biggie.
10; NEW ORLEANS (2-1) Clippers Lite looks great, plenty thrilling so far.
11; CLIPPERS (1-2) It was same-old, same-old for new-look roster after first victory.
12; GOLDEN STATE (2-1) Surprise, surprise: Warriors win twice by double digits.
13; ATLANTA (3-0) Not fooling anybody with wins over Nets, Wizards.
14; DALLAS (1-3) These guys are old, slow — and those are the nicer adjectives.
15; MEMPHIS (1-2) Victories at FedEx Forum usually delivered by 10:30 p.m.
16; NEW YORK (1-2) Tyson Chandler may not solve many defensive deficiencies, if any.
17; BOSTON (1-3) With Celtics losing cachet, Garnett invests in Italian soccer club.
18; PHILADELPHIA (1-2) Player’s tale of buying armed man McDonald’s sounds like a whopper.
19; SACRAMENTO (1-2) By next season, could be part of happiest hoops hotbed on earth.
20; HOUSTON (1-2) If Spurs win is any indication, maybe nixed trade a good thing.
21; PHOENIX (1-2) Nash sweepstakes could heat up faster than Tempe in July.
22; CHARLOTTE (1-2) Michael Jordan’s wedding gives him something to look forward to.
23; MILWAUKEE (2-1) Bucks have Brandon Jennings … and who else, exactly?
24; CLEVELAND (1-2) Kyrie Irving had a layup to beat Indiana; unfortunately it didn’t go in.
25; TORONTO (1-2) Raptors equally bad north, south of border.
26; NEW JERSEY (1-3) Prokhorov misses home opener, sends regrets from Russia with love.
MINNOWS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
27; UTAH (1-2) Things so hopeless, Jazz fans longing for the days of Mehmet Okur.
28; DETROIT (0-3) D-League affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants generating more buzz.
29; WASHINGTON (0-3) Good news: Nick Young is back. Bad: They’re still the Wizards.
30; MINNESOTA (0-3) Back-to-back home sellouts watch back-to-back losses.
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