NBA preview: Western Conferece Power Rankings

  • Updated: October 28, 2013 - 10:32 PM

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Jerry Zgoda’s Western Conference Power Rankings


1. L.A. Clippers

It’s a players’ league, so how much difference does a coach make? You’ll find out this year after the Clips upgraded to Doc Rivers and built a team nearly as deep on the bench as it is star-studded at top.


2. Oklahoma City

Don’t believe the reports of an early demise: Yes, Russell Westbrook starts the season injured, which either could temporarily stifle the Thunder or give the great Kevin Durant the stage from which he walks away with another scoring title and an MVP award.


3. Houston

GM Daryl Morey stripped the Rockets down and rebuilt them in the image of Dwight Howard and James Harden. Now all Kevin McHale must do is get the big guy focused again. And don’t sleep on Chandler Parsons.


4. San Antonio

They came within seconds of winning it all last time, but one of these years the greybeard Spurs will flame out, won’t they? Not quite yet, or not if upcoming young’uns Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green have anything to say about it.


5. Golden State

A trendy pick to continue their meteoric rise now that Andre Iguodala is on board. But they’ll miss Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry and it won’t be as easy this time around.


6. Memphis

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Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija 1
St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 3
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton 3
Toronto - WP: S. Delabar 3 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski 2
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 11 FINAL
Detroit - LP: D. Smyly 6
Atlanta - WP: A. Harang 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 0
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 8 FINAL
Boston - LP: J. Lackey 4
NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. McGee 11
Seattle - LP: Y. Medina 4 FINAL
Miami - WP: S. Cishek 8
Chicago WSox - LP: F. Paulino 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: M. Perez 12
Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco 0 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas 5
Philadelphia - LP: J. Pettibone 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood 12
Houston - LP: J. Cosart 3 FINAL
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 11
San Francisco - LP: M. Cain 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 2
Arizona 2 Top 11th Inning
Los Angeles 2
Montreal 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 1 FINAL
Boston 0
Dallas 2 FINAL
Anaheim 3
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