View Full Version : ESPN: Power Rankings Week 3

11-17-2008, 06:51 PM

1 (1) Celtics 9-2 I hear folks chirping about Boston's recent lackluster starts and thinking they've found vulnerability. Fine. We prefer to focus on the strong finishes that netted a 7-1 record during a sapping span of eight games in 12 days.
2 (2) Lakers 7-1 Seemed headed back to No. 1 after a back-to-back road sweep of the Mavs and Hornets. Yet that home loss to Detroit reminds you, amid all the runaway hype, that L.A. has lots to prove against teams that play physical.
3 (3) Cavaliers 8-2 Ever since the committee (of one) had an audience with King James recently and gently chided him about his early lack of scoring, LeBron has averaged a mere 34.1 ppg ... and his Cavs are 7-0. We're just saying.
4 (4) Suns 8-3 Good weekend, in the end, for the Suns. They fumed when Nash was suspended and T-Mac wasn't, but Houston lost with T-Mac in the lineup Friday. Phoenix beat Sactown sans Nash, then Detroit in Nash's return.
5 (9) Pistons 7-3 We figure Detroit can live with its 3-3 start to the Iverson era after going to L.A. and knocking the Lakers from the ranks of the unbeaten. But check back after this week's back-to-back games against Cleveland and Boston.
6 (12) Nuggets 6-4 Victory in Boston, a 5-1 start to the Billups era -- blemished only by a loss to the hottest team in the league at Cleveland -- and now a move into the top 10? Sounds like the Nuggets are your U.S. Army Team of the Week.
7 (10) Magic 7-3 Early road success, if you'll recall, is what unexpectedly propelled Orlando into the top 10 before Thanksgiving last season. The Magic just showed us they remember with a 3-0 trip, including their first W in Dallas in a decade.
8 (5) Hawks 6-3 They were one stop away from an epic win in Boston that would have forced us to stamp them as legit top-five material. Now? After back-to-back losses to the Nets, it's official: Atlanta misses the injured Josh Smith.
9 (11) Rockets 6-4 Look at the mighty Southwest Division, starting with your first-place (and annoyingly inconsistent) Rockets. Dare we say none of the five teams in what is supposed to be the NBA's toughest division is happy with its start.
10 (6) Hornets 5-4 Much of the conference that has owned this millennium, Lakers aside, is in flux . . . starting right here. You certainly can pardon losses to the Hawks, Lakers and Rockets if you wish, but, well, our Hornets bar is pretty high.

11-17-2008, 08:16 PM
Looks about right

11-17-2008, 08:19 PM
At least we aren't last, we also made it into the top 20

11-17-2008, 11:50 PM
Interesting...NBA.com has it pretty similar, but with Cleveland at one. I don't think you could go wrong with putting Lakers, Celtics, and Cavaliers in any order in the top 3.