Winning in Denver is a tough task. Winning in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back is an even tougher task. And in the middle of an eleven-game win streak, the Clippers ran into the toughest buzz saw in the league as their streak was ended by the Nuggets.
Knowing the implications of the Clippers situation, losing to a team that won’t make the playoffs didn’t do too much damage to their positions on multiple power rankings across the internet. In all of the gathered power rankings the Clippers failed to secure a number one spot, but their consistent play over the last two weeks helped land them several two and three seeds.
With that said, here are this weeks power rankings.
CBS Sports: 3(2)
The Denver loss was a weird one, but they snapped back immediately. A lot is falling into place for the Clips at the right time.
The Clips’ winning streak either fell victim to the ‘ol second-night-of-a-back-to-back-in-Denver-after-playing-on-the-West-Coast scenario or their backcourt injuries finally caught up with them. With Darren Collison out with a stomach virus, Reggie Bullock was forced into 11 minutes of fourth-quarter playing time. Both Collison and Jamal Crawford were back for Saturday’s win over the Pistons.
SB Nation: 3(2)
The Clippers’ winning streak finally ended at 11 on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver. I’ll forgive them for losing that one.
Sports Illustrated: 2(1)
Losing at Denver to complete a back-to-back is about as acceptable as losses get. And even in an off night from Blake Griffin (7-of-25 from the field), the star’s improvement this season was abundantly clear. It wasn’t the 26 points and 12 rebounds he totaled — we already know he can do that — but his 12-of-12 performance at the free-throw line, helping Griffin raise his average to a career-best 70.4 percent.
The Clippers are hopeful J.J. Redick, who is averaging 15.7 points and has been out since Jan. 3 with a back injury, could return soon.
J.J. Redick is back at practice, raising hope that the Clips will see him again this season and softening the blow after the ol’ Power Rankings Jinx struck again. No word yet when Redick might return for real, but you’d swap the No. 1 slot for your best shooter every day. And twice on Mondays.
Upcoming games: vs. MIL, @NOP, @DAL, @HOU