NBA Western Conference power rankings

  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 3:33 PM

Western Conference

1. Memphis

Defense and toughness usually win come playoff time, and the Grizzlies have both in abundance, plus the experience of consecutive Game 7 losses in the playoffs.

2. Oklahoma City

How much difference will James Harden’s absence make, even if the Thunder got Kevin Martin back in that big October deal? Just enough.

3. San Antonio

Just one injury away from another early playoff exit, so much will depend on which Tony Parker is healthy enough to show up.

4. Denver

The trendy sleeper pick because of George Karl’s coaching and the Nuggets’ depth, but they’re banged up so they’ll need that depth. Is Ty Lawson the guy to go to when the game — and the series — is on the line?

5. L.A. Clippers

Great flash and style in the regular season, but will that play in the playoffs, especially against the Grizzlies in the first round?

6. L.A. Lakers

No Kobe, no chance? Not necessarily, if Dwight Howard puts on his big boy pants and his back allows, but that’s a big if.

7. Golden State

The Warriors might just live and die by the three-pointer in their return to the playoffs, and you know how that usually turns out.

8. Houston

The Rockets overachieved just by getting to the playoffs with such a young team. You can’t expect James Harden to carry them any farther than that.

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NY Mets 4 FINAL
St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Kansas City 5
San Francisco 2 Bottom 2nd Inning
Los Angeles 3
Colorado 1 Top 2nd Inning
San Diego 1
Milwaukee 3 Bottom 2nd Inning
Cincinnati 2
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 68 4th Qtr 4:46
San Antonio 85
Utah 52 3rd Qtr 5:28
Denver 63
Portland 36 2nd Qtr 9:23
Phoenix 28
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 3rd Prd 16:22
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 2nd Prd 16:04
Edmonton 1
UCLA 62 FINAL
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 20 1st Half 1:01
Duke 27
Kent State 19 1st Half 4:04
Northern Ariz 17
Michigan State 14 1st Half 8:09
Oklahoma 23
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 18 1st Half 4:50
(7) Florida State 17
(14) Stanford 29 1st Half 2:35
(2) Notre Dame 36
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