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Chicagofaithful
01-03-2011, 02:47 PM
http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/season/2011/week/10

2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 10
RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT
1 (3) Spurs 29-4 Something that has to worry the rest of the league on top of the Spurs' well-chronicled new identity offensively and D that can still get into you (ask Kobe): How well will they be flowin' after the magical Rodeo Road Trip?

2 (4) Heat 26-9 How did the Heat become the first team in history to go 10-0 on the road over the course of a month? Stifling D and a resurgent D-Wade were the two keys next to LeBron's ridiculous December: 25.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 6.8 apg.

3 (2) Celtics 25-7 Injuries are the obvious issue, but the numbers are still startling: Boston lost seven of its first nine games starting with Christmas 2008, eight of 12 right after Christmas 2009 and three of four starting with Christmas 2010.

4 (1) Mavericks 25-8 Received a tweet asserting that the famed Power Rankings jinx, after the Mavs' rise to No. 1 last Monday, is what caused Dirk's knee injury that night in OKC. Someone out there wants to hurt the committee (of one) bad.

5 (5) Bulls 22-10 Only Miami and San Antonio can top the Bulls' 13-2 record since Dec. 4. And we've barely seen Boozer and Noah together yet. And they still might upgrade at SG before the trade deadline. This team was not overhyped.

6 (6) Magic 21-12 Five straight W's by an average of 14 points catch the eye, but the following development has to hearten Orlando even more: Hedo is already looking more like 2009 Hedo, averaging nearly 15, 5 and 5 during the 5-0 run.

7 (7) Lakers 23-11 No flow on O. Their transition D is AWOL. Three of the worst four home Ls in Pau Gasol's nearly three years as a Laker have been witnessed just since Christmas. Can't pin all that on mere boredom/complacency, can we?

8 (9) Thunder 23-12 You knew this season couldn't possibly go as smoothly as last season for the Thunder. And here's more proof: Scotty Brooks has used five starting lineups already after needing just three different combinations in 2009-10.

9 (10) Hornets 20-14 Does a W in Boston, even when KG or Rondo are out, cancel out an L four nights earlier at 'Sota? Better question: Did you see how much harder Ariza made the Dunk of the Year race with that hammer over JaVale McGee?

10 (8) Jazz 23-11 You surely weren't surprised to see Utah sneak in one more double-digit comeback -- its 11th this season -- before the end of 2010 with Wednesday's road rally from 12 points down to beat the Clips. Were you?

11 (13) Nuggets 19-13 With Melo back from compassionate leave and Al Harrington looking like he might be able to shake off a dislocated thumb and play again as soon as this week, Denver could have its full squad for the first time all season.

12 (11) Hawks 22-14 The Hawks, for the first time in nine years, won their first game of a new calendar year with Sunday's comeback in Clipperland. Next project? Spruce up that 3-9 mark against .500-or-better teams if you want to move up.

13 (16) Trail Blazers 18-16 The two wins over the Jazz to close out 2010 weren't just a pick-me-up Portland needed because of all its injury torture. The Blazers were also 0-8 against the rest of the West's top eight before sweeping Utah sans B-Roy.

14 (14) Rockets 16-17 Some of their turnaround is schedule-related, but it's happened before with the Rockets and happened again this season: They do tend to play better once they know for sure Yao isn't coming back. Cruel as it sounds.

15 (12) Knicks 19-14 Have they fluttered back to Earth after that 13-2 joyride? Sure. Did the Knicks pass around a copy of the standings at practice to fully soak in the six-game cushion they've already got on No. 9 Philly? Presumably.

16 (19) Grizzlies 15-19 As if the Tyreke Evans heave from half court wasn't a sufficiently stunning way for the Grizz to lose one, be advised that those same Grizzlies just became the only team in the league this season to beat the champs twice.

17 (18) Bucks 13-18 Still like the Bucks better than any team outside the East's top four ... and still can't figure out if their schedule will ever ease up ... and still chuckle every Monday when I check to see if they've fallen out of the top eight yet.

18 (17) 76ers 13-20 Even without Iguodala, Philly can finish 4-4 on that monster eight-game trip if it can steal a win Monday night in New Orleans ... against the same Hornets who scored 23 points in the first half at Philly on Dec. 12.

19 (15) Suns 14-18 The bad news? Loss No. 5 in six games was sealed by giving up 19 of the final 21 points in an epic collapse at lowly Sactown. Worse news? Amare makes his return to Phoenix on Friday night. Somewhat triumphantly, too.

20 (22) Warriors 13-20 The focus is naturally on the 20-point lead they blew in Miami. The closest thing to consolation is the fact the Dubs won by a point the night before in Charlotte ... only their second one-point W in the past four seasons.

21 (21) Pacers 14-18 Remember November? Indy beat the Heat, then beat the Lakers in L.A. and generally reveled in Hibbert's darling status. Since then? The Pacers are 0-9 on the road and just watched Hibbert average 11 and 7 in December.

22 (20) Clippers 10-24 The Clips are 6-7 since Kaman last played, with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon accounting for nearly 50 percent of L.A.'s points during that span. More evidence, in other words, that I still owe Gordon an apology or three.

23 (27) Bobcats 11-20 Only with his fourth team -- after coaching the Clips, Hornets and Cavs -- does Paul Silas know how it feels to start 2-0. Then came a one-point L to a Golden State team that doesn't win close games to halt the honeymoon.

24 (26) Timberwolves 9-25 The Wolves are 70-210 since the KG trade for an NBA-low winning percentage of .250. The C's? An NBA-best .730 (203-75). Apologies, 'Sota: Had to bring it up with your kids in Boston on Monday. Even with KG out.

25 (25) Raptors 11-22 The Mavs were Dirk-less, but Toronto -- also on the second night of a back-to-back -- had no Bargnani, Calderon, Evans or Peja and lost Kleiza (ejection) and Bayless (ankle) in the second half. We're still tipping our hat.

26 (23) Pistons 11-22 Only four players ever have scored 40 on New Year's Eve: Wilt, MJ, Quentin Richardson and T-Mac. So what happens to T-Mac's Pistons in PHX? First team in 389 games (you can look it up) to score only 75 against the Suns.

27 (30) Kings 7-24 Tyreke celebrated that buzzer-beater like a guy well aware that the Kings have had the easiest schedule in the league so far based on opponent winning percentage ... which is to say things are only bound to get tougher.

28 (24) Nets 9-25 Elias somehow found a stat that might make the Nets feel a hair better about themselves: New Jersey's three Ls by 15 points or more since Dec. 21 don't lead the league in that span. Not when the Lakers (wow) have four.

29 (28) Wizards 8-24 Even with all the injury woes, J-Wall had four 25-point games before Jan. 1. Which is a major deal because that equals the total for Wiz rooks over the previous 25 seasons: Three for Googs in '92, one by A.J. English in '90.

30 (29) Cavaliers 8-26 Time for B-Scott to dig out all those preseason picks again that made the Cavs so mad and allegedly fueled their 7-9 start. They went 1-14 in Dec. and got outscored by 13 a game ... compared to Miami's 15-1 month.

SteBO
01-03-2011, 02:49 PM
No issues with this list.

Hawkeye15
01-03-2011, 02:52 PM
they look good to me. Comment after the Wolves makes me want to beat the C's even more tonight

DaBUU
01-03-2011, 02:55 PM
Nice list, pulling for the Wolves tonight!

SB1
01-03-2011, 02:58 PM
Seems about right. Good list

ackar
01-03-2011, 03:20 PM
A list almost everyone like!!! Espn you doing it wrong lol!

Arena Football
01-03-2011, 03:22 PM
HEAT should be higher.

Redbull
01-03-2011, 03:25 PM
I would probably move the Jazz up a couple of spots but other than that it's a pretty good list.

FlakeyFool
01-03-2011, 03:26 PM
Wow that KG stat is interesting

Rivera
01-03-2011, 03:44 PM
magic should be higher than C's (beat the C's during the week inbetween the power rankings and KGs injury)

magic should be higher than the bulls....thats just self explanitory

NYKNYGNYY
01-03-2011, 03:44 PM
why are the rockets so high always

Baller1
01-03-2011, 03:50 PM
I'd say move Utah and possibly Atlanta up a bit, but looks good.

ramsizzle
01-03-2011, 04:06 PM
magic should be higher than C's (beat the C's during the week inbetween the power rankings and KGs injury)

magic should be higher than the bulls....thats just self explanitory

The Magic are right where they should be. The Bulls and Celtics have a better record.

zambo4president
01-03-2011, 04:17 PM
That's fair. I have no beef with Chicago at 5. We've been better than the Lakers recently and San Antonio, Boston, Dallas and Miami have all been better than the Bulls. Hopefully we can stay in front of Orlando for the 3 seed.

Rivera
01-03-2011, 04:26 PM
The Magic are right where they should be. The Bulls and Celtics have a better record.

this is a power ranking...this should some to do with record and more with who u have played and how u are playin...n dont give me the best record has the best team crap...cause if so then why hasnt the cleveland cavs back to back champs?? cause they have had the best record in the league the past two seasons....orlando already blew out chicago by 29 and we beat the C's with pretty much a whole new team....orlando has made significant changes to there team and won 5 straight games and in that streak we have beaten spurs celtics nets cavs and knicks....theres 3 quality teams during our 5 game streak (Cs spurs n knicks) but yet we stay the same in a power ranking??? thats a joke

thank god this isnt the BCS

DaBUU
01-03-2011, 04:27 PM
The Magic are right where they should be. The Bulls and Celtics have a better record.

we have a better record, but the Magic are always a bad matchup.

WolvesJagsOs
01-03-2011, 04:35 PM
Gosh, they always have to bash the Wolves in every damn thing. Gets so annoying, happy to see them slowly going up the list though.

ramsizzle
01-03-2011, 05:39 PM
this is a power ranking...this should some to do with record and more with who u have played and how u are playin...n dont give me the best record has the best team crap...cause if so then why hasnt the cleveland cavs back to back champs?? cause they have had the best record in the league the past two seasons....orlando already blew out chicago by 29 and we beat the C's with pretty much a whole new team....orlando has made significant changes to there team and won 5 straight games and in that streak we have beaten spurs celtics nets cavs and knicks....theres 3 quality teams during our 5 game streak (Cs spurs n knicks) but yet we stay the same in a power ranking??? thats a joke

thank god this isnt the BCS

Look at Orlando's record since beating Chicago in Boozer's FIRST game back as a Bull. The Bulls have lost Noah and had to gel Boozer into the offense and haven't skipped a beat except for the first two games.

Orlando beat Boston without Rondo who's been stellar this year.

Its a weekly award and the bulls didn't lose this week. They're also giving Boston the benefit of all those injuries and them being quite a bit better than the Magic at full strength.

D Roses Bulls
01-03-2011, 06:38 PM
Da bulls and I'm happy for the Magic