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LTBaByyy
12-27-2010, 03:38 PM
1 Dallas (23-5)
Pace: 92.9 (23), Off: 107.5 (7), Def: 100.0 (7)
Jason Terry makes big shots. He's 21-for-38 from the field, 8-for-13 from 3-point range and 15-for-15 from the line in clutch situations (last five minutes, point difference of six or less) this season. That includes 12 points in the last five minutes of the win in Miami and a big bucket in Orlando a night later.
Previous: 5


2 Boston (23-5)
Pace: 93.1 (22), Off: 106.4 (10), Def: 96.7 (1)
It's hard to stress one loss with the way the Celtics have played this season. But it would be good if they didn't continue their pattern of playing much worse after Christmas Eve (107-59 over last four seasons, including Saturday) than they do before (94-14). It would also be good if Rajon Rondo could get and stay healthy.
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3 Miami (23-9)
Pace: 92.9 (25), Off: 108.5 (4), Def: 96.9 (2)
Saturday's destruction of the Lakers was another statement win for the Heat. They faced two of the three best offenses in the league on their two-game trip and they held them to 40 percent shooting and 91 points per 100 possessions. Their next test might not come until a Jan. 15 visit to Chicago.
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4 San Antonio (26-4)
Pace: 95.4 (15), Off: 110.7 (1), Def: 101.4 (9)
They've still got the best record in the league, but until Sunday's win over the Wizards, the Spurs were playing some pretty awful defense. They allowed 113.1 points per 100 possessions over a five-game stretch that culminated with Thursday's 22-point loss in Orlando.
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5 L.A. Lakers (21-9)
Pace: 96.0 (9), Off: 108.6 (3), Def: 102.2 (11)
Two-game homestands don't get any uglier than the one the Lakers just had. Regular season games don't mean much for this team, but Tuesday's visit to San Antonio seems like an important one. The champs need to get back on track, and they currently trail the Spurs by five games in the loss column.
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6 Utah (21-9)
Pace: 93.5 (19), Off: 105.9 (11), Def: 103.3 (13)
As quietly as Jerry Sloan passed Pat Riley on the all-time wins list, the Jazz have accumulated the league's fifth best record without a key guy in their rotation. Mehmet Okur should be making his second return to uniform (this time from a sprained ankle) on Monday against the Blazers.
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7 Orlando (18-12)
Pace: 93.1 (21), Off: 104.5 (13), Def: 99.2 (5)
Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu are shooting 35 percent with the Magic. But with wins over the Spurs and Celtics, the roster makeover looks good right now. At 14-11 (including postseason), Orlando is the only team with a winning record over the KG-era Celtics.
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8 Oklahoma City (21-10)
Pace: 95.7 (12), Off: 107.0 (8), Def: 104.3 (18)
For the season, the Thunder play at a faster-than-average pace, but they might want to slow it down. They're 11-2 when they play at a pace slower than their season average. And though playing the second night of a back-to-back had something to do with it, they just couldn't keep up with the Knicks on Wednesday.
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9 Chicago (19-10)
Pace: 95.6 (13), Off: 102.9 (17), Def: 97.7 (3)
While 14 teams had either one or two games last week, the Bulls had two back-to-backs. Carlos Boozer has found his rhythm, averaging 25.8 points and 12.8 boards in the week. The opponents haven't been great, but Chicago has been better defensively (94.2) and on the boards in five games without Joakim Noah.
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10 New York (18-12)
Pace: 99.3 (2), Off: 108.2 (6), Def: 105.6 (19)
The Knicks' offense has cooled off a bit, but they were able to run the Thunder ragged on Wednesday and beat the Bulls on Christmas with a little defense. Yes, defense. In fact, New York has held three straight opponents under a point per possession for the first time since January of 2009.
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11 New Orleans (18-12)
Pace: 92.1 (27), Off: 102.6 (18), Def: 98.9 (4)
It's no surprise that Chris Paul leads the league in steals or ranks third in assists. That he's second in free-throw percentage isn't a major shock either. But top seven in 3-point percentage? Deron Williams has always been considered the better shooter, but Paul now has a higher career mark from downtown.
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12 Denver (16-13)
Pace: 98.5 (3), Off: 108.2 (5), Def: 106.7 (24)
The Nuggets are now 1-4 without Carmelo Anthony, whom they hope to have back Tuesday against the Blazers. Though they struggled to score against the Sixers on Sunday, their defense has actually been the bigger overall problem in those five games, allowing 112.9 points per 100 possessions.
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13 Atlanta (19-13)
Pace: 92.2 (26), Off: 104.4 (14), Def: 102.6 (12)
The Hawks still haven't found any offensive consistency since the start of Joe Johnson's nine-game absence, scoring just 100.4 points per 100 possessions over the last 14 games. Johnson has shot well in the last two, but he didn't get much help in Sunday's loss in New Orleans.
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14 Houston (14-15)
Pace: 97.8 (5), Off: 106.5 (9), Def: 106.1 (21)
After a 3-10 start, 21 games without Aaron Brooks and more devastating news regarding Yao Ming, the Rockets are just a half game out of a playoff spot. They have momentum, a home-heavy schedule over the next month, and a head-to-head matchup with the eighth-place Blazers on Sunday in Portland.
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15 Portland (15-15)
Pace: 91.4 (30), Off: 103.8 (15), Def: 103.7 (15)
It's tough to lose a game when you outrebound your opponent by 21, but the Blazers pulled it off Saturday at Golden State. They've won six straight at home, but have now lost 11 of their last 13 on the road, where they play five of their next seven as they try to hold onto the West's last playoff spot.
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16 Phoenix (13-16)
Pace: 97.3 (6), Off: 108.8 (2), Def: 110.3 (30)
The Suns have lost three straight for the third time this season. They're just a game in the loss column out of the playoffs and are still integrating their new guys, but the next nine games are critical. Seven of the nine are at home, five are against teams below .500, and the last one is against the eighth-place Blazers.
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17 Philadelphia (12-18)
Pace: 93.9 (18), Off: 101.5 (21), Def: 101.7 (10)
The Sixers' lineup change has been critical to their move up the standings, but their second best plus-minus mark belongs to Thaddeus Young, who's started just one game. Young has improved this season more than he regressed a year ago. He's scoring less per game, but has been much more efficient.
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18 Memphis (13-17)
Pace: 95.8 (11), Off: 102.0 (19), Def: 103.5 (14)
The Grizzlies are currently just a game behind their pace of last season. But a year ago, they were in the middle of a 15-4 stretch that put them in playoff position. A similar run will be difficult this time around, because after they host the Raptors on Monday, they play 11 of 16 on the road.
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19 Milwaukee (12-16)
Pace: 92.9 (24), Off: 97.4 (30), Def: 99.6 (6)
The Bucks could manage only 84 points in Thursday's ugly win over the 5-22 Kings, but they're looking like they might be able to wade through this rough stretch of schedule. Tuesday's win over the Lakers was their best offensive game of the season and they've won six of their last 10.
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20 Indiana (13-15)
Pace: 97.1 (7), Off: 100.0 (24), Def: 100.7 (8)
It was a rough week for Roy Hibbert, who shot 6-for-27 as the Pacers split games with the Hornets and Grizzlies, and has now shot worse than 40 percent in 11 games this season. The poor shooting wouldn't be so bad if Hibbert got to the line. But he attempts just 3.3 free throws per game.
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21 Golden State (11-18)
Pace: 97.9 (4), Off: 103.5 (16), Def: 108.6 (27)
Not a bad week for Monta Ellis, who averaged 39.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals as the Warriors went 2-1. He kept his turnovers down, too. Ellis has now scored 38 points or more six times this season, as many as he did last season. No other player has done it more than twice.
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22 Toronto (10-19)
Pace: 96.8 (8), Off: 104.7 (12), Def: 109.6 (29)
Jose Calderon has 39 assists in his last three games and already has as many double-doubles (three) as he did last season. With just one game in seven days, the Raps have been able to enjoy some time off. But starting Monday in Memphis, they'll play 11 of their next 15 games on the road.
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23 Detroit (10-20)
Pace: 91.7 (29), Off: 101.8 (20), Def: 107.4 (25)
If they can ignore that 21-point loss to the Clippers, the Pistons have a decent five-game stretch to build on. Sunday's loss to the Bulls was Detroit's league-leading fifth overtime game, and the last four have all come on Sundays at home. They don't have another Sunday home game until Feb. 13.
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24 New Jersey (9-21)
Pace: 91.9 (28), Off: 99.5 (25), Def: 104.2 (17)
The Nets' six-game stretch of good defense (94.4 points allowed per 100 possessions) came to a screeching halt in New Orleans on Wednesday. But they have to be happy with the acquisition of Sasha Vujacic, who's averaging 11.0 points on 47 percent shooting in four games as a Net.
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25 L.A. Clippers (9-22)
Pace: 94.6 (17), Off: 101.0 (23), Def: 106.0 (20)
The Clips have now won four of their last five, holding opponents under a point per possession and getting big numbers from Blake Griffin (25.4 points, 69 percent shooting) and Eric Gordon (21.6, 50 percent). With their home-heavy schedule continuing this week, they might actually be able to keep this going.
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26 Charlotte (9-19)
Pace: 93.3 (20), Off: 98.2 (27), Def: 104.0 (16)
Larry Brown did a great job last season in getting the Bobcats' to the playoffs with the No. 1 defense in the league. But only the Cavs have regressed more defensively this year. And when you let the Wall-less Wizards score 108 points in a slow-paced game, something is clearly wrong.
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27 Minnesota (7-24)
Pace: 100.6 (1), Off: 101.1 (22), Def: 109.0 (28)
Michael Beasley had the game-winner, but the Wolves don't end their seven-game losing streak and 12-game road losing streak without Luke Ridnour's 5-for-5 from 3-point range in Cleveland on Sunday. It was the second time the Wolves have hit at least 12 threes in game, both against the Cavs.
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28 Washington (7-21)
Pace: 96.0 (10), Off: 99.0 (26), Def: 106.6 (23)
The Wizards have a solid one through 3 1/2 with John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard and Rashard Lewis. But as evidenced by last week's incident, they've got real issues with their frontline of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, who will give a coach enough gray hairs with what they do on the court.
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29 Sacramento (5-22)
Pace: 95.5 (14), Off: 98.1 (28), Def: 106.2 (22)
The Kings were leading each of their three games last week at the end of the third quarter. Then they got outscored by a total of 92-52 (while shooting 31 percent) in the fourth (and overtime against the Warriors). They're now 2-21 since a 3-1 start and Tyreke Evans (12-for-52 last week) continues to struggle.
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30 Cleveland (8-22)
Pace: 95.3 (16), Off: 97.7 (29), Def: 107.6 (26)
The Kings didn't exactly do anything to move up in the rankings, but the Cavs lost to the Wolves for the second time in a month, so they earn the right to be ranked No. 30. The Cavs already owned the worst point differential in the league, getting outscored by 9.9 points per 100 possessions.
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http://www.nba.com/2010/news/powerrankings/12/27/week9/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

My top 5 were right!!!!!!!!!! If you go to the other thread you would see that I had this top five but I had Orlando being 6th

SteBO
12-27-2010, 03:40 PM
I see nothing wrong with this list.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
12-27-2010, 03:49 PM
Celtics should be 1st and Lakers a little lower

lvlheaded
12-27-2010, 04:00 PM
Seems fair to me overall

Knicks Fire Dog
12-27-2010, 04:08 PM
I actually agree with the list. WOW! Can't believe I said that

And this is really nit picking here, maybe Houston should be a little lower, but they have made some great strides.

Maybe Mil above the Grizz. Again, its really nit picking. I have absolutely no problem with this list here.

I do however see Miami being number 1 in the next week or so

And yes to the Miami poster who has his signature

I AM MAD ABOUT THAT :mad:

LTBaByyy
12-27-2010, 04:09 PM
Yeah this is the first time this season I like the power rankings from top to bottom

LTBaByyy
12-27-2010, 04:19 PM
210don will have something to say about this lol

Just bc you have the best record doesnt mean your the best team

Mell413
12-27-2010, 04:21 PM
I think those rankings are fair. If someone wouldn't mind could they explain the pace stat?

BALLER71
12-27-2010, 04:35 PM
I'm a Heat fan but I think Spurs should still have that #3 spot over Miami.

LTBaByyy
12-27-2010, 04:36 PM
I think those rankings are fair. If someone wouldn't mind could they explain the pace stat?

How fast your team style is, like an uptempo team or half court team

Thats my guess since warriors new york pheonix and minny are the top teams for pace

kobe24>lebron23
12-27-2010, 04:41 PM
Personally I would rank Utah and possibly Orlando in front of the lakers

king4day
12-27-2010, 05:02 PM
I agree with where the Heat are but think they put a bit too much merit as to what they did to the Suns offense.
Our offense has been sputtering since before the trade and without Carter/Jrich, we have no one to score the ball. We made the Clippers look like a great defensive team.

goose14741
12-27-2010, 05:11 PM
10 and 9 switch
spurs #2 then boston then heat

DoJoTheSlasher
12-27-2010, 05:13 PM
Agreed. Dallas has been the nest team this year or tied with Boston actually. Tonight, Dirk faces Durant in a great game.

jtsunami
12-27-2010, 05:17 PM
Well at least baller101200 has nothing to ***** about this week.....until Stein's rankings are out. :silly:

LTBaByyy
12-27-2010, 06:42 PM
Well at least baller101200 has nothing to ***** about this week.....until Stein's rankings are out. :silly:

Lol

Bring The Heat
12-27-2010, 06:51 PM
man the spurs are sick this year...if they stay healthy and continue playing like this they might just come out the west.. surprised the all out of me i thought they were on the decline..

goose15
12-27-2010, 07:03 PM
Knicks baby...

RenegadeRiot36
12-27-2010, 07:12 PM
Go cavs!!! :(

210Don
12-27-2010, 07:12 PM
man the spurs are sick this year...if they stay healthy and continue playing like this they might just come out the west.. surprised the all out of me i thought they were on the decline..

exactly. best record in the league and were 4th thats laughable....

Baller1
12-27-2010, 07:16 PM
It's actually a very strong list. I think OKC deserves to be above Orlando, but that's getting nit-picky.

D Roses Bulls
12-27-2010, 07:19 PM
for once, i will say ESPN's is a better list.....

BSplaya2121
12-27-2010, 07:29 PM
How fast your team style is, like an uptempo team or half court team

Thats my guess since warriors new york pheonix and minny are the top teams for pace

I think it might have something to do with possessions. Its like how many possessions per a 48 minute game. I could be wrong, but the faster teams like NY, Pheonix and Minnesota are 1-2-3 so idk lol. Someone please correct me if i am wrong

BlondeBomber41
12-27-2010, 10:16 PM
exactly. best record in the league and were 4th thats laughable....

Not if you actually understood how Power Rankings worked.... if it was based on standings it wouldn't be done. Its based on how that team is playing.

The Mavs just went on the road and beat the Heat and the Magic, a team who just blew the Spurs out.

The Heat went on the road and beat the Lakers.

The Celtics have been dominant for about a month now, minus one loss.

The Spurs have been playing awful defense lately and beating up on bad teams. They finally played a good team and got blown out by 22 points.

Tony_Starks
12-27-2010, 10:40 PM
Laker fan but I'd have to give the nod to Utah over LA this time. Their wins have been pretty impressive, in particular that (yet another) comeback over the Wolves.

bholly
12-27-2010, 10:51 PM
Not if you actually understood how Power Rankings worked.... if it was based on standings it wouldn't be done. Its based on how that team is playing.

The Mavs just went on the road and beat the Heat and the Magic, a team who just blew the Spurs out.

The Heat went on the road and beat the Lakers.

The Celtics have been dominant for about a month now, minus one loss.

The Spurs have been playing awful defense lately and beating up on bad teams. They finally played a good team and got blown out by 22 points.

This. 210Don, I believe what you're looking for is this:
LINK (http://espn.go.com/nba/standings/_/group/1)
Power rankings are different.

210Don
12-27-2010, 10:53 PM
i know how power rankings work. point is we gets no respect.

BlondeBomber41
12-27-2010, 11:08 PM
i know how power rankings work. point is we gets no respect.

Its not about respect. Its about how the team is currently playing. The Spurs havent beaten anyone good, and got blown out last week. The other three teams ahead of them have comparable records and have been playing much better lately.

Gators123
12-27-2010, 11:23 PM
If the Cavs went 4-0 next week against all good teams they wouldn't be in the top 10.

If the Spurs went 0-4 next week against bad teams they wouldn't be in the bottom 10.

Overall records do play a part.

BlondeBomber41
12-27-2010, 11:32 PM
If the Cavs went 4-0 next week against all good teams they wouldn't be in the top 10.

If the Spurs went 0-4 next week against bad teams they wouldn't be in the bottom 10.

Overall records do play a part.

Well yeah genius, of course they do. The records set up the general order of the Power Rankings, and then they are put together from there based on how the teams have played lately.

Gators123
12-27-2010, 11:38 PM
Well yeah genius, of course they do. The records set up the general order of the Power Rankings, and then they are put together from there based on how the teams have played lately.

Don't be a smartass.


Not if you actually understood how Power Rankings worked.... if it was based on standings it wouldn't be done. Its based on how that team is playing.

BlondeBomber41
12-27-2010, 11:46 PM
I guess I need to be more specific for people like you....

If it was based ONLY on standings it wouldn't be done.

210Don
12-27-2010, 11:47 PM
these rankings really dont matter in the big scheme of things. but someone should find a stat of a team that had the most number one ranks in a year and see how they placed in the playoffs every year.

Mavrix
12-27-2010, 11:57 PM
these rankings really dont matter in the big scheme of things. but someone should find a stat of a team that had the most number one ranks in a year and see how they placed in the playoffs every year.

That would definately be interesting.

DoJoTheSlasher
12-28-2010, 12:10 AM
exactly. best record in the league and were 4th thats laughable....


You guys have had an easy schedule... We have had one of the hardest schedules beating Miami twice, Utah twice, Oklahoma City twice, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and we beat San Antonio in your house.

Mr.Nate30
12-28-2010, 12:24 AM
Don :facepalm:

I agree with these rankings.

LTBaByyy
12-28-2010, 01:08 AM
Don :facepalm:

I agree with these rankings.

Thank you!!!! I knew there were smart Spurs fans

He makes spurs fans look bad

DoJoTheSlasher
12-28-2010, 01:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR68Wn2XIOI

Kevin Durant respects Dirk.

SteBO
12-28-2010, 09:59 AM
You guys have had an easy schedule... We have had one of the hardest schedules beating Miami twice, Utah twice, Oklahoma City twice, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and we beat San Antonio in your house.

The spurs have played New Orleans three times, orlando twice, denver twice, atlanta, dallas, okc, and Chicago. That sounds pretty tough to me and they're first in the west, so what are you getting at? :shrug:

0202243
12-28-2010, 10:21 AM
these rankings seem pretty fair to me :cool:

JordansBulls
12-28-2010, 11:14 AM
I think the Lakers are too high right now considering their record against teams with winning records.

SteBO
12-28-2010, 11:17 AM
I think the Lakers are too high right now considering their record against teams with winning records.

Winning back to back championships always helps their cause, though it isn't fair to the other teams that are actually playing well. Chicago's been playing better than they have.

Baller1
12-28-2010, 12:23 PM
You guys have had an easy schedule... We have had one of the hardest schedules beating Miami twice, Utah twice, Oklahoma City twice, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and we beat San Antonio in your house.

Are you going to post this in EVERY single thread?

rhymeratic
12-28-2010, 12:47 PM
Look at my knicks, top 10 team. That's what I'm talking about.

SteBO
12-28-2010, 12:58 PM
On an overall scale, the power rankings are fair

latinofire21
12-28-2010, 01:10 PM
Yea I like this rankings way better then espns. A couple changes in this one flipping teams up or down 1 slot but espns is pretty bad this week. A couple of those teams are out of place by 4 to 5 spots. lol

If anything is laughable its the ESPN rankings this week. Mark Stein must have been still drunk from the holidays lol.