Power Rankings, Week 6: Suns, Heat Rise But Warriors Stay At No. 1

Record: 12-5

Pace: 100.3 (9)

OffRtg: 107.8 (14)

DefRtg: 104.5 (9)

NetRtg: +3.4 (7)

Last season, the Nets were really good against good teams, but not so good against the bad ones. Their 20-13 record in games between the 15 teams that finished over .500 was topped only by the Suns (26-10) and the Jazz (22-14), but they were just 11-7 against the bottom seven teams in the league.

This season, they’re doing a better job of TCB, 9-0 (with a point differential of +14.2 per game) against the 13 teams currently .500 or below. But they’ve come up short against the Bucks, Hornets, Heat, Bulls and Warriors, and what was the most efficient offense in NBA history last season has been held under a point per possession in each of their last four defeats. After his team got thumped in the second half by Golden State on Tuesday, Steve Nash was honest: “I just don’t think we’re in that category [with the best teams in the league] yet.”

LaMarcus Aldridge has shot ridiculously well (league-best 59%) from mid-range, but he’s mostly been playing off his teammates and hasn’t done a ton of post work. The percentage of his buckets that have been assisted (77.0%) is a career-high mark, and through Wednesday, Aldridge had shot just 3-for-15 on post-ups, according to Second Spectrum tracking. But with Kevin Durant out and the Nets struggling to put away the Magic on Friday, Aldridge had seven post-ups in the fourth quarter, shooting 4-for-6 (that’s more post-up buckets than he had through his first 15 3/4 games), with two jump hooks (one, two) over Franz Wagner in the final minute to keep Orlando at bay.

Durant (shoulder) is expected back this week as the Nets face three opponents currently over .500. They’ll have a rest advantage when they host the Suns on Saturday, another opportunity to put themselves “in that category.”

Week 6: @ CLE, @ BOS, vs. PHX

Source : https://www.nba.com/news/power-rankings-2021-22-week-6

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