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The Golden State Warriors have won four of their past five games, including a 21-point comeback against the LA Clippers on Friday night. Stephen Curry — his 2-of-16 showing Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors notwithstanding — has found his scoring groove.
Although they aren’t the same title contenders of seasons past, the Warriors have regained the look of a team ready to make some noise in the West.
Who else is rising ahead of Week 4?
Note: Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin, Eric Woodyard, Royce Young and Ohm Youngmisuk) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball now and which teams are looking most like title contenders.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2020-21 record: 8-3
Previous ranking: 1
Anthony Davis popped off following Thursday’s disheartening 118-109 loss to San Antonio, calling the Lakers’ defense “s—” and adding L.A. has no prayer of repeating as champions with an effort like that. He returned to the lineup two games later and helped dominate Houston 120-102, recording three