NBA Power Rankings: More Jimmy drama and a rising OKC

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The Blazers are on top of the Western Conference, the Celtics wouldn’t have home court if the playoffs started today and the Grizzlies are a half-game behind the defending champs, who have just lost three straight! We’re a month into the 2018-19 season, and things are … odd.

Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Tim MacMahon and Andre Snellings, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring) ranks the league’s 30 teams from top to bottom.

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1. Toronto Raptors
Record: 13-4

PREV. RANK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK 1   1-3 @ORL, @ATL, WAS, MIA

The Raptors took out their frustrations from their three-game losing streak — including an excruciating overtime loss at Boston on Friday — on a hapless Chicago team on Saturday. The

The Celtics need some soul-searching after another listless offensive showing

Nov 18, 2018

Tim BontempsESPN

BOSTON — After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watched Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors slam home three thunderous alley-oop dunks early in the fourth quarter here at TD Garden on Saturday night, he decided he had seen enough.

Out came Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown, joining Jayson Tatum on Boston’s bench.

In came Brad Wanamaker, Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis — the three players who typically sit at the end of the bench and watch.

This is arguably the most passive offense in the NBA.

The Lakers are starting to find calm within the chaos, while the Sixers and Wolves have brand-new concerns. Who’s acing and who’s failing their chemistry exams?

After scoring 23 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday against the Raptors, Kyrie Irving stressed the

Hornets honor 30th anniversary team

The best of purple and teal basketball took to the court on Saturday night to mark 30 years since NBA basketball arrived in Charlotte. Many of the names and and faces are iconic to the franchise, especially during their well-regarded mid-90s era that saw them earn three 50-win seasons.

From 5-foot-3 Muggsy Bogues to 6-foot-10 Alonzo Mourning to current All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, Hornets fans were treated to seeing a generation’s worth of talent and nostalgia gathered in one place for a halftime ceremony. Other members of the anniversary team included Kendall Gill, Larry Johnson, Al Jefferson, Dell Curry, Glen Rice, Baron Davis and Gerald Wallace.

⭐️WHAT A CREW! ⭐️

The Hornets 30th Anniversary Team comprised of the ten players voted on by the fans was honored at halftime of tonight’s game. #Hornets30pic.twitter.com/u7AIvlLX7P

— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 18, 2018

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Who had the best sneakers of Week 5 in the NBA?

Nov 18, 2018

Nick DePaulaESPN

This season, more than ever before, players can make a statement on the court simply through loud, clashing colors at any point of the season. For Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard and Brooklyn Nets guard-on-the-rise Spencer Dinwiddie, they’ve been telling stories and themes through their footwear, perhaps better than anyone else across the league.

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Lillard’s latest edition of his fourth Adidas signature shoe sends a message to the naysayers he has faced on the road early in the season. During a late-October matchup against the Orlando Magic, a slow start brought out the wrath of a courtside fan.