After weeks of headaches surrounding the announcement of an All-Star Game and plenty of games postponed due to health and safety protocols, this week in the NBA had to feel like a blessing for the league office. Overall, the week was essentially quiet.
The biggest story of the week may have been the trade of Derrick Rose, indicating just how benign the headlines for the week were. Until the rumored Slam Dunk Contest is officially announced as a scheduled event, the fretting around the need for an All-Star Game has seemed to quiet down.
In a quiet week around the NBA, the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz continue to roll and make the case that they are among the league’s elite.
The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz have been having great seasons this year. While they are finally starting to get some of the notice they clearly deserve, it is not enough. Too much is made about other teams who are either not meeting expectations but have bigger names or are playing at a level at best comparable to the Jazz and Suns.
Even if they do not get the headlines, it will eventually be impossible to ignore the levels of dominance the Suns and Jazz are exhibiting. This will be repeated throughout the article but the Utah Jazz have won 18 of their last 19 games. They are a dominant team in this league and that will continue to be reflected on this list. While the Suns are not quite at that level, they are playing with a similar level of team-wide dominance that needs to be acknowledged.
Now, let’s start the Week 8 Power Rankings.