NBA 2018-19: Eastern Conference Power Rankings Week 7
Week 7 of the NBA 2017-18 season is in the books, and it was filled with some exciting action. The LeBron-less Eastern Conference is up for grabs, and the teams are fighting every single night to make the most out of it.
It seems to appear that the Raptors have hit a home run trading DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard as the league's top 3 two-way players is playing sensational basketball and the Lowry-Leonard duo are carrying this team on their back. In this article, let us take a look at the Eastern Conference power rankings after week 7.
#1 Toronto Raptors
Week 7 win-loss record: 3-0
No surprise whatsoever. The Toronto Raptors have been stellar this season and are the front-runners to come out of East. The league-leading Raptors played three games this week and went 3-0 to extend their win-streak to seven-games.
They started their week 7 journey with a game against the Miami Heat. Kawhi Leonard and Valanciunas' double-double performance helped the Raptors defeat the Heat at home.
The Raptors were then on the road for a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Lowry was phenomenal and had 24 points, 6 assists to help the Raptors roll past the Grizzlies, 122-124.
With a good win on the road, the Raptors came back home and hosted the short-handed Golden State Warriors for their final game of the week, at the Air Canada Centre. This was billed as the potential NBA Finals preview and the Raptors managed to eke out a win in overtime. All the starter scored in double-digits for Toronto and Kawhi Leonard had team-high 37 points to spoil Kevin Durant's season-high 51 points night.
Their offense is looking dangerous, thanks to Lowry's skill and vision. Kawhi is being his usual self and is a reliable threat on both ends of the court. The starters are doing a great job and with the kind of bench depth they have, they are definitely looking spooky and the Warriors should be wary of this team.
Update: At the time of writing, they just beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 11 points and extended their win-streak to eight games.