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NBA Power Rankings, Week 4: Spurs nosedive, Warriors soar

San Antonio Spurs Derrick White, Dejounte Murray
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The San Antonio Spurs have three weeks of NBA basketball behind them and are still struggling to find their footing. Even though they were expected to have trouble all season, their 3-7 record is even more frustrating when you consider they've had double-digit leads in four of their seven losses.

San Antonio is still in desperate need of a surefire closer, and even though Dejounte Murray is showing flashes of being that guy, his play alone isn't enough to overcome teams with bonafide All-Stars.

Through 10 games, the Spurs have established themselves as a top 10 defensive team but have had long offensive droughts in just about every game so far. Consistently being inconsistent for 48 minutes has been the downfall of the Silver and Black as they battled through an intense first two weeks filled with championship contenders and rising challengers.

Heading into week four, there are some surprises in both conferences on both ends of the spectrum, as some expected contenders have come slowly out of the gates while other teams are overperforming. With roughly 12% of the season in the books, here's how it's looking for all 30 NBA teams.

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 30. New Orleans Pelicans (1-10)

Another team devastated by injury, the New Orleans Pelicans are struggling mightily on both ends without Zion Williamson. Through Monday, they're scoring just 100.5 points per game (27th) and allowing 112.3 (4th-worst). Their last four losses have come by double digits, including a 41-point defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

Brandon Ingram's hip contusion has also kept him out for five straight games, leaving the Pelicans with even fewer options for a reliable scorer and closer. This is going to be a rough season for New Orleans, but another high NBA Draft pick will at least be some consolation.

Next for New Orleans: Thunder, Nets, Grizzlies

29. Houston Rockets (1-9)

It was pretty clear going into the season that the Houston Rockets weren't going to be winning many games. Through 10 games, they've shown impressive fight in some narrow losses but ultimately have been coming up short. 

Multi-level talent Christian Wood has been pacing the Rockets on a nightly basis, averaging 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, but his recent public declaration that he wanted to get more involved in the offense could be the early signs of a disgruntled star. 

Although their rookies Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun both look like home run draft hits early, the youth and inexperience of the Rockets means they'll likely be near the bottom of the Western Conference for the foreseeable future. Still, Green is fun to watch.

Next for Houston: Pistons, Trail Blazers, Suns