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D Roses Bulls
01-31-2011, 01:19 PM
1. San Antonio (40-7)
Pace: 95.3 (13), Off: 109.3 (3), Def: 100.6 (7)
After Tim Duncan hurt his left knee in the second quarter of Monday's win at Golden State, you'd think Gregg Popovich would sit him for the rest of the season. But Duncan was back after halftime. The Spurs haven't lost a home game since November, but won't play another one until after the All-Star break.
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2 Boston (36-11)
Pace: 92.9 (22), Off: 106.0 (10), Def: 97.9 (2)
After splitting a pair of ugly games in Portland and Phoenix, the Celtics' offense looked pretty under the bright lights of Staples Center, the first of four straight big Sunday games. They host the Magic this Sunday and the Heat the Sunday after that. Then three or four of them head back to L.A. for the All-Star Game.
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3 Chicago (33-14)
Pace: 94.3 (17), Off: 103.2 (18), Def: 96.3 (1)
Kurt Thomas exploded for 22 points in Monday's win over the Bucks, the first time since February 2005 that the 38-year-old has scored 20-plus. The Bulls are now tied with the Heat for second in the East and have won 18 of their last 20 at home. They play 11 of their next 14 on the road, starting with a West Coast trip this week.
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4 Miami (33-14)
Pace: 93.2 (21), Off: 108.3 (4), Def: 99.5 (4)
Between Gogglegate, injuries and returns, playing time issues, trash talk from Kevin Durant and three games (in four days) that each came down to the final seconds, it was an eventful week around the Heat. Wait, is it ever not an eventful week around the Heat? Next up are rematches against the Magic and Clippers.
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5 L.A. Lakers (33-15)
Pace: 94.6 (16), Off: 109.3 (2), Def: 102.1 (8)
Friday's loss to the Kings would have been excusable if the Lakers came back and beat the Celtics on Sunday. Kobe Bryant has shot 52 percent over the last 13 games, but in taking 56 shots in the two losses over the weekend, he either didn't have enough help (Ron Artest shot 2-for-14) or wasn't looking for it.
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6 Orlando (31-17)
Pace: 94.0 (18), Off: 106.7 (9), Def: 99.8 (5)
Dwight Howard scored 40 points for just the third time in his career (including postseason) on Friday, but his teammates shot just 18-for-58 in an crucial loss in Chicago. Ryan Anderson had just nine points in that one, but has had 20-plus in four of the last seven games. He played in just 10 of the Magic's first 28.
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7 New Orleans (31-18)
Pace: 91.4 (29), Off: 103.3 (16), Def: 99.1 (3)
The Hornets are the latest victim of the NBA.com jinx, as their 10-game losing streak came to an end with a pair of narrow losses after we pointed out how great they've been in close games. Sunday's loss in Phoenix was one of the wildest finishes you'll ever see, capped by a controversial non-call.
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8 Dallas (31-15)
Pace: 92.1 (26), Off: 105.8 (11), Def: 102.4 (9)
Tyson Chandler has been the key to the Mavs' defensive improvement, but he's picked up his offensive production of late, averaging 18.3 points on 22-for-33 shooting and 29-for-31 from the line as Dallas has won four straight. J.J. Barea also went off for 44 points in back-to-back games last week.
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9 Denver (28-19)
Pace: 98.2 (3), Off: 109.7 (1), Def: 106.4 (22)
Wednesday's win over the Pistons was the Nuggets' first victory in Detroit since 1995. And fittingly, it ended with a flurry of threes from Chauncey Billups. Carmelo Anthony arrives in New Jersey on Monday still wearing a Nuggets jersey and having shot just 36 percent in the first four games of this road trip.
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10 Oklahoma City (30-17)
Pace: 95.7 (12), Off: 107.4 (7), Def: 105.0 (16)
Kevin Durant's 87 points on 54 percent shooting against the Wolves and Wizards were sandwiched by 55 points on 37 percent shooting against the Hornets and Heat. He's shooting 37 percent (22-for-60) in three games against New Orleans, who the Thunder face for the final time on Wednesday at home.
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11 Atlanta (30-18)
Pace: 92.5 (24), Off: 104.6 (14), Def: 102.9 (12)
Joe Johnson is starting to earn that contract (at least more than he was before), scoring 26-plus in nine of the Hawks' 13 games in January. Perhaps he should have shot more than Josh Smith in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Smith was 1-for-6 (0-for-3 from 3-point range) in a fourth quarter that the Hawks lost 34-15.
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12 Utah (28-20)
Pace: 93.5 (19), Off: 105.7 (12), Def: 105.8 (18)
The Jazz didn't need Deron Williams (strained right wrist) to beat Minnesota and end a six-game losing streak on Friday, but they were certainly missing him Sunday at Golden State. Only one team in the West (Minnesota) has a worse record than Utah (7-11) since Christmas.
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13 Portland (25-22)
Pace: 91.4 (28), Off: 103.6 (15), Def: 103.4 (14)
The Blazers went 0-2 on the floor (shooting 38 percent) and 2-0 on MRIs (LaMarcus Aldridge's hip and Nicolas Batum's knee) last week. That's easily a net positive, but they've got the Grizzlies on their heels and a tough back-to-back (home against San Antonio, at Denver) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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14 Phoenix (22-24)
Pace: 97.0 (6), Off: 107.6 (6), Def: 108.6 (28)
It wasn't quite "There's no place like home," but Channing Frye's "I'm sick of this losing crap" after Wednesday's loss to the Bobcats were the magic words for a team that had lost three straight. The Suns responded with big wins over the Celtics and Hornets, with Marcin Gortat scoring a career high in each.
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15 New York (25-22)
Pace: 98.9 (2), Off: 107.8 (5), Def: 106.0 (19)
Thursday's win over the Heat was the Knicks' second signature win of the month, and they did it by scoring 22 fewer points than they allowed in their win over the Spurs. Sunday's win over Detroit was their most efficient offensive game of the season and the first time in 12 games that they outrebounded their opponent.
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16 Memphis (24-24)
Pace: 95.1 (15), Off: 102.7 (21), Def: 102.8 (11)
The Grizzlies lost O.J. Mayo for 10 games and lost to the Nets again, but with three wins last week, including a 21-point comeback in Philadelphia, they're at .500 for the first time since they were 4-4. Rudy Gay had the game-winner in Toronto and Zach Randolph extended his double-double streak to 14 games.
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17 Philadelphia (21-26)
Pace: 93.5 (20), Off: 103.3 (17), Def: 103.1 (13)
If the Sixers were just .500 in close games (instead of 3-11), they would be 25-22 and tied for sixth in the East with the Knicks, who they happen to play twice this week. It also would have been nice if they didn't commit 13 turnovers and blow a 21-point lead over the last 15 minutes against Memphis on Friday.
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18 Houston (22-27)
Pace: 97.4 (5), Off: 106.9 (8), Def: 107.2 (24)
Chuck Hayes for Player of the Week! He held Blake Griffin to 5-for-16 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Clippers and then tied a career high with 16 points the next night in Dallas. On the other end of the spectrum is Aaron Brooks, who has shot 25-for-94 (27 percent) over the last eight games.
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19 L.A. Clippers (18-28)
Pace: 95.2 (14), Off: 103.0 (20), Def: 106.8 (23)
After four losses (two back in November), the Clippers got their first win without Eric Gordon (out a month with an injured wrist) on Saturday against Charlotte. Randy Foye, Gordon's replacement in the starting lineup, has increased his scoring in each of the last five games, dropping a season-high 21 in the win.
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20 Charlotte (20-26)
Pace: 92.6 (23), Off: 100.6 (24), Def: 103.5 (15)
Paul Silas wanted to get three wins on this six-game trip and he got them right away, with some help from Kwame Brown, who recorded two double-doubles last week and is averaging 9.2 points and 8.7 rebounds as a starter. The Cats and Stephen Jackson also got a little help from the glass at Oracle Arena.
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21 Milwaukee (19-26)
Pace: 92.3 (25), Off: 98.7 (29), Def: 100.0 (6)
The Bucks continue to get a little more offensive, getting 20-plus games from six different guys last week and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in three straight wins. With Brandon Jennings back and their next six games against bottom-10 defensive teams, they should continue to trend up.
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22 Golden State (20-27)
Pace: 97.5 (4), Off: 105.4 (13), Def: 108.5 (27)
Sunday was the first time in his career that Monta Ellis had played at least 30 minutes and scored fewer than seven points, but the Warriors managed to beat the Jazz and end a four-game losing streak anyway. Somehow, they've held Utah to two of its three lowest point totals of the season.
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23 Detroit (17-31)
Pace: 91.2 (30), Off: 102.4 (22), Def: 107.7 (25)
Austin Daye is much better at clutch threes than clutch alley-oop dunks. And that missed dunk in Miami was the difference between an encouraging 2-2 week and a three-game losing streak that has taken some of the luster off the Pistons' improvement with Tracy McGrady at point guard.
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24 Indiana (17-27)
Pace: 96.8 (7), Off: 100.5 (25), Def: 102.6 (10)
Jim O'Brien is out after 3 1/2 seasons with the Pacers, and as Frank Vogel takes over, we note that mid-season coaching changes result in an increase in offensive efficiency more often than not. With games against the Raptors and Cavs to start, Vogel gets to ease into his new gig.
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25 New Jersey (14-34)
Pace: 91.8 (27), Off: 99.2 (28), Def: 106.0 (20)
Thanks to a 4-1 homestand, the Nets were the first team to exceed last season's win total. But then they got spanked in Indiana and Milwaukee. They're allowing 109.9 points per 100 possessions on the road, where they've lost 21 of their last 22 games, as opposed to 101.6 at home.
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26 Sacramento (12-33)
Pace: 96.3 (8), Off: 100.0 (26), Def: 105.1 (17)
Last week was easily the Kings' best of the season, with wins over three West playoff teams. Tyreke Evans (26 points, six rebounds and six assists) was the catalyst in Portland, and DeMarcus Cousins (52 points, 22 rebounds, nine assists) carried the load against the Lakers and Hornets.
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27 Washington (13-33)
Pace: 96.1 (9), Off: 99.6 (27), Def: 106.3 (21)
The Wizards were a bucket from getting their first road win in Oklahoma City on Friday, but ultimately it was a week where they allowed their four opponents to score 114.8 points per 100 possessions. Nick Young's Shot/Assist ratio of 11.1 is highest (by far) of guards who have attempted at least 100 shots.
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28 Minnesota (11-36)
Pace: 100.2 (1), Off: 102.1 (23), Def: 108.0 (26)
The Wolves took their losing streak to six games with 31 fouls against the Rockets and 47 total turnovers against the Thunder and Jazz, as well as a couple of crucial missed free throws vs. OKC. Then they ended the streak with their best defensive game of the season on Saturday against the Raptors.
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29 Toronto (13-35)
Pace: 95.9 (11), Off: 103.1 (19), Def: 109.7 (30)
In losing 11 straight, the Raptors have allowed some big games from big guys, including Marreese Speights, who had this to say about scoring against the Toronto zone: "It was kind of easy." It hasn't been easy for Andrea Bargnani, who has shot 36 percent over the last nine and has missed his last 10 threes.
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30 Cleveland (8-39)
Pace: 96.1 (10), Off: 97.1 (30), Def: 109.2 (29)
The streak almost came to an end on Monday in New Jersey, but the Cavs blew a seven-point lead in the fourth and Daniel Gibson missed the game-winner at the buzzer. Now, their only chance at avoiding an 0-for-January comes Monday in Miami. In 10 games as a starting center, J.J. Hickson is averaging 13.0 boards.

http://www.nba.com/2011/news/powerrankings/01/31/week14/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

justinnum1
01-31-2011, 01:20 PM
looks good, now that bosh is back, expect miami to rise

SteBO
01-31-2011, 01:21 PM
No complaints from me.

Baller1
01-31-2011, 01:22 PM
I don't think Denver should be ahead of us, but other than that the top 10 looks good.

D Roses Bulls
01-31-2011, 01:22 PM
according to this, Bulls with the number 1 defense and the magic have the 5th best. not bad at all :)

Mile High Champ
01-31-2011, 01:27 PM
And my Raptors continue to fall on the heels of an 11 game skid. At least we are falling to a number 1 pick.. haha

marlinsfan24
01-31-2011, 01:29 PM
Think the Spurs have a shot at 70 wins? (serious question)

D Roses Bulls
01-31-2011, 01:33 PM
Think the Spurs have a shot at 70 wins? (serious question)

I dont think so. it takes a lot of concentration, motivation, and a little luck on the health side to reach 70.

Baller1
01-31-2011, 01:33 PM
Think the Spurs have a shot at 70 wins? (serious question)

Only if another team gives them a run at home court advantage and forces them to keep winning. Otherwise, Pop is gonna rest his vets at the end of the year.

marlinsfan24
01-31-2011, 01:34 PM
I dont think so. it takes a lot of concentration, motivation, and a little luck on the health side to reach 70.

I agree with you on that they won't. But the Spurs definitely have the first 2. The last one is why I'd be skeptical of them doing so.

D Roses Bulls
01-31-2011, 02:19 PM
I agree with you on that they won't. But the Spurs definitely have the first 2. The last one is why I'd be skeptical of them doing so.

it's really really hard to do. I mean honestly, if you ever get the chance, go on youtube and watch documentaries of the 95-96 bulls, it take so much to do it.

RZZZA
01-31-2011, 02:23 PM
we're 18th in offense? eww.

Hawkeye15
01-31-2011, 02:25 PM
Only 7 teams have gotten win # 40 in 47 attempts or less. 6 of them won the championship that year. Worth noting

kozelkid
01-31-2011, 02:25 PM
we're 18th in offense? eww.

Ya, we need to be better at the end. I don't even know if it's cause we don't have the talent level at that end (meaning need another addition) or because Thibs doesn't care as much about that side of the of the ball or a combination of the 2. One thing is for sure, are defense atm, is at a historic level. And it's scary to think we are doing this without Noah and with a team that is still learning this philosophy. Once we can get the offense closer to around 10, then I'd say we are surefire contenders.

Cubs Win
01-31-2011, 02:26 PM
Top 10 looks pretty solid after a quick glance.

Super.
01-31-2011, 02:29 PM
I personally think Boston is better than the Spurs, but they do have a better record. Whatever

RZZZA
01-31-2011, 02:32 PM
Ya, we need to be better at the end. I don't even know if it's cause we don't have the talent level at that end (meaning need another addition) or because Thibs doesn't care as much about that side of the of the ball or a combination of the 2. One thing is for sure, are defense atm, is at a historic level. And it's scary to think we are doing this without Noah and with a team that is still learning this philosophy. Once we can get the offense closer to around 10, then I'd say we are surefire contenders.

I thought we'd be higher than 18 now that Bogans and Kurtis have been knocking down many of their open looks

kozelkid
01-31-2011, 02:37 PM
I thought we'd be higher than 18 now that Bogans and Kurtis have been knocking down many of their open looks

Rose has not been very efficient the past month. It's funny cause he has never gone to the line this often before and hit fts at such a high % but his fg% has not been this low either. Granted a major reason for that is not having Noah to take the pressure off of him, but he hasn't been hitting the J at as good of a % as he's capable.

mttwlsn16
01-31-2011, 02:41 PM
And my Raptors continue to fall on the heels of an 11 game skid. At least we are falling to a number 1 pick.. haha

good luck catching cleveland :)
for real though i feel bad for the cavs and their fans hope they get the #1 pick, much deserved

Slimsim
01-31-2011, 02:41 PM
BUlls should be number 2 They are beating teams badly without their Anchor

mttwlsn16
01-31-2011, 02:42 PM
I personally think Boston is better than the Spurs, but they do have a better record. Whatever

agreed, but SA is so good fundamentally theyre going to be tough for any team.

Crackadalic
01-31-2011, 02:49 PM
The fact that the bulls are crushing without Noah proves how good they are. They should be at least number 2 right now

Mile High Champ
01-31-2011, 02:52 PM
Only 7 teams have gotten win # 40 in 47 attempts or less. 6 of them won the championship that year. Worth noting

Great stat, It could just be San Antonio's year. Manu is playing out of his mind this season.

RZZZA
01-31-2011, 02:53 PM
The fact that the bulls are crushing without Noah proves how good they are. They should be at least number 2 right now

Heh, maybe.... I think it proves how good Kurt Thomas is. When Noah went out we thought we were screwed, nobody was expecting much from Kurt. That first game he came in and played great defense, every Bulls fan stood up and started paying attention to him.

Now he's knocking down those midrange jumpers when he gets open, you can't say enough good things about the dude

PurpleJesus28
01-31-2011, 03:07 PM
Ya, we need to be better at the end. I don't even know if it's cause we don't have the talent level at that end (meaning need another addition) or because Thibs doesn't care as much about that side of the of the ball or a combination of the 2. One thing is for sure, are defense atm, is at a historic level. And it's scary to think we are doing this without Noah and with a team that is still learning this philosophy. Once we can get the offense closer to around 10, then I'd say we are surefire contenders.

thats what im most surprised about. i didn't think we'd be so good on defense with Noah out. it'll be real scary when we get him back, i think our consistency is really gonna improve.

Avenged
01-31-2011, 03:17 PM
Spurs vs Boston in the Finals, talk about a defensive showdown.

Anyways, surprised the Lakers are at #5 actually.. Thought they would be lower.

But what the heck is up with that Kobe jab?? That "excuse" is getting old, watch the game and you won't be saying that.

Kashmir13579
01-31-2011, 03:21 PM
my only problem is the Knicks are behind Portland and Phoenix

madvillian9
01-31-2011, 04:37 PM
my only problem is the Knicks are behind Portland and Phoenix


get over it, they've both played better as of late
i'd still take the knicks in the long run

if portland gets healthy, thats another story though

Redbull
01-31-2011, 05:02 PM
Glad to see the Bulls at #3, hopefully they can keep it up though because I know the Heat and Magic aren't going anywhere.

D1JM
01-31-2011, 07:19 PM
I can't wait to have Noah back. Our defense should get even better

davids22
01-31-2011, 07:20 PM
Heh, maybe.... I think it proves how good Kurt Thomas is. When Noah went out we thought we were screwed, nobody was expecting much from Kurt. That first game he came in and played great defense, every Bulls fan stood up and started paying attention to him.

Now he's knocking down those midrange jumpers when he gets open, you can't say enough good things about the dude

You're more than right. Kurt Thomas IS a great backup to have on your team, and a huge contributor. I'm a Bucks fan, and last year, Kurt was a big reason the Bucks almost won the series against the Hawks. After Bogut went down, I thought we had no chance, but Kurt's presence was what we needed to win. As a young team we just couldn't pull it off. Glad to see Kurt doing work again.

Kakaroach
01-31-2011, 07:21 PM
The Jazz are just in free fall mode right now. We gotta do something.

EaglesJackson10
01-31-2011, 07:32 PM
Sixers are too low...