Power rankings are for mental midgets.  More often than not, they're composed by wankers who are too lazy to discuss basketball and its nuances and would rather play computer solitaire with a bunch of team logos.  Kelly Dwyer is excepted because he tacitly acknowledges what a silly little schoolgirl drill it is. 

You wanna know how your team is doing?  Take the number of their road wins; subtract the number of home losses.  Period.  This ain't college football.  Nobody really cares what the writers or pollsters think. 

WESTERN CONFERENCE REPORT

Professional Basketball Team

Road Ws

Home Ls

TOTAL

San Antonio

7

3

+4

Utah

5

1

+4

Dallas

5

2

+3

Houston

4

1

+3

Denver

5

3

+2

NOOCH

4

3

+1

Los Angeles Lakers

2

2

0

Phoenix

2

2

0

Sacramento

2

2

0

Minnesota

2

3

-1

Seattle

4

6

-2

Los Angeles Clippers

0

2

-2

Portland

2

5

-3

Memphis

1

4

-3

Golden State

1

5

-4

I realize you can't win road games when they aren't scheduled [Golden State last played a road game on January 7, 2002], but in general this is a much better way to handicap progress than we're accustomed to seeing.

In regard to the Clippers, let's make a deal with Mike Dunleavy.  Coach, when the Clippers win three road games in a row this season, we'll put the check in the mail.  Until then, just play it out, okay?