Leave it to the San Antonio Spurs to change up their offense -- aka bring it into the 21st Century -- and go from being a boring, grind it out defensive team to being a boring, run the ball, offensive team. Oh, Gregg Popovich, it's your world and we are all just squirrels trying to save a buck. Or find a nut. Or whatever it is you want us to do.
The Spurs are now breaking records with their 35-6 start and look poised to knock off the Lakers for first seed in the West. The scary thing is, they are basically resting Tim Duncan so far and haven't yet gotten much meaningful production from Tiago Splitter who will probably start playing well just in time to roll into the playoffs as the much-needed second big the Spurs interior defense is lacking.
Even scarier -- or more fun depending on your outlook in life -- the Phoenix Suns still have a fighting chance to secure the eighth seed in the West and earn the right to face the Spurs in the first round. Of course, at this point there's very few people outside of Arizona who even think the Suns will even be in the playoffs and you can't really blame them. The worst defensive team in the league usually doesn't qualify and the Suns are still the worst defensive team in the league. THE WORST.
Here's a run down of all the various power rankings from various sources around the interwebs that have the Suns anywhere between 16th and 20th in the league.
SBNation.com | NBA Power Rankings: Spurs Retake The Top, Clippers Soar (Relatively Speaking)
Blake Griffin has the L.A. Clippers zipping up the NBA Power Rankings in Week 12.
CBSSports.com | Power Rankings: Good news: Don't worry about Lakers or Heat
It's the NBA regular season, where the more you read into any week's results, the more you start imagining things.
FOXSports.com | NBA Power Rankings - Top 30 NBA Basketball TeamsThe Heat are banged up, the Celtics are getting healthy and the Lakers are starting to look like the Lakers again. Chicago is playing well and looking like it might be a real contender — that every other team in the Bulls' division ranks among the bottom 10 certainly doesn't hurt the Bulls. And watch out for the Clippers as Blake Griffin really is that good.
NBA.com | Spurs clear leader at the midway point We're 20 games from the official midpoint of the season, which makes it another good time to take stock of where we are.
ProBasketballTalk.com | NBA Power Rankings, the mid-season report edition
Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, with a focus on the first half of the season and what to look forward to. So for you Cavs fans, we should start talking draft.
SI.com | Spurs ranked No. 1, Celtics take No. 2 in NBA Power Rankings
We're at the halfway mark of the season and, not surprisingly, the team at the top of the Power Rankings is the one on a 70-win pace.
ESPN.com | NBA Basketball Power Rankings Only seven teams since the NBA-ABA merger have managed to record 35 wins by the time they reached the season's 41-game midpoint. The latest of those seven is the new No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings