View Full Version : ESPN: Power Rankings - Week 5

12-01-2008, 07:16 PM

1 (1) Celtics 16-2 This second straight 16-2 start by the Celts, so readily deemed inferior to the Lakers' start by so many readers, has been topped only twice in the past 10 seasons: Dallas in '02-03 (17-1) and the Lakers in '01-02 (16-1).
2 (2) Lakers 14-1 If it's any consolation -- and we realize that it's probably not -- allow us to confirm that the only other two Phil Jackson teams to start so well (Bulls at 17-1 in 1996-97, Lakers at 16-1 in 2001-02) went on to win it all.
3 (3) Cavaliers 14-3 2010 talk ain't going away no matter what Charles Barkley says, but don't forget to spare a good word for what the Cavs are doing now. Example: Cleveland just swept four games in five nights ... by a combined 80 points.
4 (9) Trail Blazers 12-6 When they lost Oden and looked so shaky on the opening-night stage against the Lakers, how many of you had these kids closing November with a road win in Detroit and one of the last two unbeaten home records?
5 (4) Nuggets 12-6 We had some Samson crack ready about Melo's recent haircut causing his slow start, but that's on hold until it's confirmed his elbow injury (revealed Sunday in Denver's first real scare of the 11-3 Billups era) isn't serious.
6 (7) Magic 13-4 Not proud to be nitpicking a team on a 13-2 run, but it's hard to ignore that Orlando has just two wins against .500 teams (Toronto and Dallas), 11 vs. sub-.500 teams and a bit of an injury crisis (Bogans, Pietrus, Nelson).
7 (5) Rockets 11-7 After a month of injuries, inconsistency and some impressive wins, too, veteran Rockets-watcher Fran Blinebury of the Houston Chronicle wrote: "If the Rockets were a NASCAR race, they'd be the Daytona 499.'' Ouch.
8 (11) Spurs 9-7 So let me get this straight: San Antonio is a mere 2-5 when Parker is healthy, 1-1 when Parker, Ginobili and Duncan all play ... and 6-2 when Timmy is on his own because neither Parker nor Ginobili is available? Huh?
9 (16) Nets 9-7 Six road wins already, tied for second most among teams in the East. Six 30-plus scoring games for Devin Harris already, after none in his first four seasons. Six plus six? It adds up here to November's biggest Cinderella.
10 (12) Hornets 9-6 In this November of surprises, where do you rank the Hornets' struggles to keep themselves in the top 10? Says CP3, referring to just about everyone in teal but himself: "We are nowhere near where we need to be."

12-01-2008, 07:29 PM
Looks about right.....

12-01-2008, 07:30 PM
jazz's injuries are pissing me the hell off

12-01-2008, 07:33 PM
woooo, C's at the top!

12-01-2008, 08:46 PM
I think those top 3 teams are the only ones who can receive serious title consideration. Maybe throw New Orleans and San Antonio in there for experience as well.

12-01-2008, 10:19 PM
Surprised at the Hornets slow start, even with the addition of James Posey.