Lead NBA writer from Bleacher Report Josh Martin has released his 2013 NBA Playoff Power Rankings. In his latest rankings you will not see the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets or the Milwaukee Bucks as they have all been eliminated.
You will though find the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets whom both have risen from the dead and made a series against their opponents. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs are sitting back, healing, and watching these others beat one another to the ground.
With the physical play, teams have lost key players due to injuries. Biggest one would have to be the Oklahoma City Thunder who lost Russell Westbrook for the rest of the playoffs. Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin is also banked up with a ankle injury, and the Chicago Bulls dealing with more than half of their team on the shelf.
Heading onto the rankings, and the team that matters, Martin has the Spurs ranked second, behind, yup, the Miami Heat. Here is what he had to say about San Antonio.
Every bit of rest the San Antonio Spurs get is bad news for the rest of the Western Conference, especially in light of how their chief competitors’ key players are dropping like flies.
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are about as healthy together as they’ve been all season. Those three vets, along with their ‘mates, have had a golden opportunity to rest up even more since sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers, whose own injury woes sealed the end of a catastrophic season.
After the dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio looks to have the “look”. As Martin stated, it is bad news for teams in the Western Conference when the Spurs are able to rest.
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