NBA Power Rankings: Lakers begin LeBron James era with spitting, punching and losing

We’re only beginning the second week of the NBA season, and I’m already getting ahead of myself:

After a perfect opening week to their season, the Toronto Raptors have shot up all the way to second in’s weekly NBA power rankings. As a team, they’ve looked great, but the biggest reason is that Kawhi Leonard has looked mostly like old Kawhi of 2016-17, the one who seemed on track to win an MVP award or two.

Early-season returns are all about being prisoner of the moment, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. That said: OMG WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ROCKETS AND THE LAKERS?!?

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