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By Peter Lancaster

NBA Weekly Recap: Week 3

The Memphis Grizzlies still own the best record in the league. The Grizzlies did lose to the Denver Nuggets last week but bounced back with a big win against the Lakers, persistent Cavs, and Toronto. The Grizzlies have two more games this week against the Pistons on Friday and finish up against the Spurs this weekend. The Grizzlies and Spurs are neck and neck in not only the division race but the conference race as well. They have a history of tough and physical games against one another and this game will probably decide who is going to lead the division by this time next week.

The Atlanta Hawks have won 6 straight games and are one of the hottest teams in the league. Coach Larry Drew has used a different starting lineup each game to matchup against their opponents. Korver adds a long distance scoring threat that should continue to benefit Josh Smith and Al Horford in the post. The Hawks have found the right combination of talent and should challenge the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division.

The Atlantic Division is the strongest division currently in the NBA. The Knicks, Nets, 76ers and Celtics are all in the top 8 of the Eastern Conference. The Nets beat the Knicks this week, and with that win, the Nets are atop the Atlantic Division for the first time this year. The Atlantic division should be very competitive this season and it could produce four playoff teams.

Last week I mentioned the Milwaukee Bucks as being a surprise team, but they ended up losing three straight games last week. However, they did win a key division game against the Bulls, keeping them on top of the Central division. The Charlotte Bobcats are another surprising team this year; they have already matched last year’s win total of 7. Coach Dunlap has quieted the critics, who questioned the Bobcat’s management regarding his hiring. The Bobcats have been led by a much improved Bryon Mullens and point guard Kemba Walker. The Bobcats are no longer the door mat of the Eastern Conference but instead they are a team fighting to make the playoffs this season.

Key Games this weekend

 

Thursday:      Spurs vs. Heat

                      Nuggets vs. Warriors

 

Friday:            Jazz vs. Thunder

                        76ers vs. Bobcats

                       Nuggets vs. Lakers

 

Saturday:      Nets vs. Heat

                      Grizzlies vs. Spurs

                      Celtics vs. Bucks

 

NBA Regular Season Standings as of November 29th, 2012

East                                         West

1.  Heat                                   1.  Grizzlies

2.  Nets                                    2.  Spurs

3.  Knicks                                 3.  Thunder

4.  Bucks                                  4.  Clippers

5.  Hawks                                 5.  Warriors

6.  76ers                                  6.  Jazz

7.  Celtics                                7.  Nuggets

8.  Bulls                                   8.  Lakers

 

 

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