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Because Derrick Rose went down the same week, he drew bigger comments than Marc. The Grizzlies will suffer with Marc out, but not as much as Chicago will with D. Rose.

I’ve added a table to compare the Strength of Schedule for the leading West Conf. teams. This will give us some idea of ranking verses SOS.

Marc Stein @ESPN writes, “Meanwhile, the Grizzlies and Bulls have tumbled to No. 14 and No. 18, respectively, as a result of their huge personnel losses.” Seems that something is unfair in dropping a team (Memphis) even though they had a great week. He is, in a sense, predicting many that the Grizzlies will lose more than win with Gasol out.

A look at the Strength of Schedule shows that Memphis is considered to have the hardest schedule with a mixture of teams falling in after them. We know this won’t stay this way all season, but it does mean that the Grizzlies at 7-7 have faired reasonably well considering their difficult schedule. The three top ranked teams have had three of the easiest schedules.

Strength of Schedule Comparison

Sagarin Hollinger ESPN-RPI NBA
Memphis 1 1 1 1
Utah 2 11 8(T) 2
Boston 3 9 8(T)
Denver 4 2 2
LA Lakers 5 6 5
LA Clippers 6 4 4
Brooklyn 7 19 22
Chicago 8 10 11
New York 9 5 6 3
Sacramento 10 3 3
Phoenix 11 7 7
Philadelphia 17 8 13
San Antonio 25 22 18
Indiana 29 29 29
Miami 30 26 26
Portland 23 21 19

How weak is the East Conference? After the Pacers and Heat the next best team barley makes the top 15. That would be Atlanta and the falling Bulls.

What the Grizzlies need about now is an easy East coast trip. Well, playing Boston and Brooklyn over the next week will help, hopefully. But then back to the grind of West Conf. foes.

Average ranking for the week is 12.17, up from last week of 13.5. (Actual not included in average.)

2013-14 Power Rankings for week of November 27
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1 San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio Indiana Indiana Indiana San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio Indiana San Antonio 1
2 Indiana Indiana Indiana Indiana San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio Indiana Miami Indiana Indiana San Antonio Portland 2
3 Portland Miami Miami Portland Miami Portland Miami Miami Indiana Miami Portland Miami LA Clippers 3
4 Miami Portland Oklahoma City Miami Portland Miami Portland LA Clippers Portland Portland Miami Portland Indiana 4
5 Oklahoma City LA Clippers Portland Oklahoma City LA Clippers Golden State Oklahoma City Oklahoma City LA Clippers Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Memphis 5
6 LA Clippers Oklahoma City LA Clippers LA Clippers Oklahoma City Oklahoma City LA Clippers Portland Minnesota LA Clippers LA Clippers LA Clippers Houston 6
7 Houston Houston Houston Golden State Houston LA Clippers Houston Houston Oklahoma City Dallas Dallas Houston Oklahoma City 7
8 Golden State Golden State Dallas Houston Golden State Dallas Dallas Golden State Houston Houston Houston Denver Denver 8
9 Dallas Dallas Golden State Minnesota Denver Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Denver Golden State Golden State Golden State Miami 9
10 Denver Denver Minnesota Dallas Memphis Houston Memphis Denver Golden State Minnesota Memphis Dallas Golden State 10
11 Atlanta Atlanta Phoenix Phoenix Dallas Atlanta Golden State Dallas Phoenix Atlanta Atlanta Minnesota Dallas 11
12 Minnesota Chicago Memphis Denver Minnesota Phoenix Atlanta Chicago Toronto Memphis Minnesota Atlanta LA Lakers 12
13 Memphis Minnesota Atlanta New Orleans Chicago Charlotte Chicago Memphis Dallas Chicago Chicago Phoenix Phoenix 13
14 Phoenix Memphis Denver Memphis Atlanta Toronto Phoenix Atlanta Chicago Charlotte Denver Memphis Minnesota 14
15 Charlotte Phoenix Charlotte LA Lakers LA Lakers Chicago Charlotte Phoenix Memphis New Orleans Phoenix LA Lakers Chicago 15
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16 LA Lakers New Orleans LA Lakers Atlanta Phoenix New Orleans Denver Toronto Atlanta Denver Toronto New Orleans Sacramento 16
17 Chicago LA Lakers Toronto Charlotte New Orleans Memphis New Orleans LA Lakers New Orleans LA Lakers Charlotte Toronto Philadelphia 17
18 Toronto Toronto New Orleans Chicago Detroit Philadelphia LA Lakers Detroit Detroit Phoenix LA Lakers Philadelphia Boston 18
19 Detroit Charlotte Chicago Philadelphia Washington LA Lakers Philadelphia New Orleans LA Lakers Toronto New Orleans Detroit Toronto 19
20 Washington Philadelphia Philadelphia Toronto Toronto Denver Washington Washington Washington Detroit Philadelphia Chicago Detroit 20
21 New Orleans Washington Washington Washington Charlotte Orlando Detroit Orlando Boston Philadelphia Detroit Charlotte Atlanta 21
22 Philadelphia Detroit Detroit Orlando Philadelphia Washington Toronto New York Orlando Washington Washington Orlando Orlando 22
23 Boston Orlando Orlando Detroit Orlando Detroit Cleveland Boston Sacramento Boston Boston Boston Washington 23
24 Orlando Sacramento Boston Sacramento Boston Sacramento Sacramento Sacramento New York Orlando Orlando Washington New Orleans 24
25 Sacramento Boston Sacramento Boston Cleveland Boston Boston New Jersey Charlotte Sacramento Cleveland New York New York 25
26 Cleveland New York Cleveland Cleveland New Jersey New York Orlando Philadelphia Philadelphia New York Sacramento New Jersey New Jersey 26
27 New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey New York Sacramento Cleveland New York Charlotte New Jersey New Jersey New York Sacramento Charlotte 27
28 New York Cleveland New York New Jersey New York Milwaukee New Jersey Utah Cleveland Cleveland New Jersey Cleveland Cleveland 28
29 Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee New Jersey Milwaukee Cleveland Utah Milwaukee Milwaukee Utah Utah 29
30 Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Milwaukee Milwaukee Utah Utah Milwaukee Milwaukee 30
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