NBA Power Rankings: Defending champ San Antonio Spurs end first week at No … – The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com

The San Antonio Spurs lost their first game of the season on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns on the road. They went scoreless in the final 5:09 and lost 94-89. But Cleveland Cavaliers also dropped their opener to the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls lost to Cleveland on Friday night. Despite experiencing their first setback, the Spurs (1-1) stay at the top spot in this week’s NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune power rankings.

1. San Antonio Spurs: Spurs were unable to accomplish their fourth straight 2-0 start after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. But they’re still the team to beat in the Western Conference.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers: The New York Knicks spoiled LeBron James’ homecoming on opening night Thursday. But James carried the Cavaliers to a big win against the Bulls on Friday night.

3. Chicago Bulls: Guard Derrick Rose hasn’t been able to avoid injuries the previous two seasons. He was forced to leave Friday’s game with a sprained left ankle against Cavaliers.

4. Los Angeles Clippers:Owner Steve Ballmer’s era begins with wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Lakers.

5. Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers failed to get their first road-opening win since 2010, losing to the Sacramento Kings, 103-94, on Friday night. .

6. Golden State Warriors: Warriors reached a four year, $70 million extension with shooting guard Klay Thompson on Friday.

7. Toronto Raptors: Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan looking to emerge as one of the top backcourt duos in the league.

8. Memphis Grizzlies: Are 2-0 for only the third time in franchise history.

9.Phoenix Suns: Suns went 11-18 against Western Conference playoff teams last season. On Friday night, they beat the defending champion Spurs.

10.Miami Heat: Miami don’t have LeBron James anymore, but it still had enough on opening night to beat the Washington Wizards.

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