Power rankings are silly. We always fight over which team should be in certain spots when, ultimately, it really doesn’t matter. So we made our own silly “pointless rankings” about the things that went on in the league in the past week. This is the second playoff edition of the rankings.
Disagree with these rankings? We already said that these were silly. I put them where I feel they belong.
1) The Legend Of Curry Continues: I mean, it’s already silly that he averaged 33.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in the Pelicans series. But in Game 3 (where he scored 40 points), he made this miraculous shot that sent the Dubs to overtime after an improbable comeback from 20 down. This will be replayed over and over in future playoff highlights to come.
I’m ready for Curry to add some more to the legend in the next round.
2) Saving The Bucks: The Bulls were ready to sweep the Bucks but Derrick Rose lost the ball with a few seconds left. Jason Kidd drew up an outstanding play with 1.3 seconds left and the lay-up by Jerryd Bayless literally saved the season for Milwaukee.
One of the more underrated aspects of this Bucks team is how Jason Kidd has been a good coach for this squad. The players are buying in and the future is bright for them. But let’s not say goodbye to them just yet.
3) Tim Duncan Still Gets It Done: We think Tim Duncan is really an android. If you don’t think he is, you’d better explain how he played 44 minutes while going for 28 and 11 in an overtime win against the Clippers. In 2015. He just turned 39 years old.
When I’m in my rocking chair in the year 2058, I hope to see an 82-year-old Tim Duncan school some fools on the court. Play forever, Timmy.
4) Pitch Perfect Cast Singing The NBA On ESPN Theme: Yes. What I said. The Pitch Perfect cast sang the NBA on ESPN theme. Sometimes, you get us, ESPN. Sometimes.
5) Full Court Shots: LeBron made one in practice. Dwight made one while wearing a backpack. I hope to see Stephen Curry make one later while he’s on a scooter, blindfolded, and with one hand tied behind his back.
6) Where’s Rondo T-Shirt: I thought it was funny.
7) Iman Shumpert’s Playoff Rap Anthem: All I can say is that it’s awesomely bad. But I really probably shouldn’t say anything. I can’t bust a rap or a rhyme. I tried that in high school when Power 106 was doing their roll call and, man, I sounded like a wannabee. Anyway, moving on…
8) Portland Trail Blazers: They have not looked competitive against the Memphis Grizzlies. At all. You just don’t feel like they can win. And it’s sad because they looked like a title contender before the all-star break (and before Wesley Matthews went down). They’re in a precarious position coming into the offseason because LaMarcus Aldridge is a free agent.
I mean, this was our only highlight of the Blazers. Blech.
9) Toronto Raptors: And we thought the Raptors were going to be something. The Wizards just annihilated them in a sweep. The Raptors are going to be interesting in the offseason, too, because we don’t know where they’re going to go from here. Add a piece? Blow the core up a little bit? Coaching change? What’s up?
Why are the Raptors below the Blazers? The Blazers aren’t done yet. The Raptors are already gone.
10) The Playoffs Have Not Been Competitive: Maybe we were spoiled by last year’s. But six out of eight series went 3-0. Four of them have ended in sweeps (Dallas and Milwaukee managed to save their seasons). The only real competitive series is Spurs/Clippers (maybe Hawks/Nets later on?). Let’s hope the Conference Semifinals are better.
Stephen Curry pic courtesy of Getty Images.