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D Roses Bulls
02-14-2011, 04:50 PM
1 (1) Spurs 45-9 The Spurs ain't messin' around, even with that big lead over the rest of the West. How do we know? Pop responded to that one wack night in Philly with the first change to the starting lineup he's made all season.

2 (2) Mavericks 38-16 Barea is en fuego, Peja broke out in Houston, Beaubois will make his long-awaited comeback this week ... and Caron keeps insisting that he's coming back for the playoffs. Maybe the Mavs really don't need a trade.

3 (6) Lakers 38-17 No one ever says much about the galvanizing effect of the Lakers' annual Grammys Trip, but this one had a real Rodeo Road Trip feel until L.A. followed up its Boston breakthrough by breathing life into Orlando's season.

4 (3) Celtics 39-14 Boston has been alone atop the East for a whopping 83 days this season -- compared to Miami's three -- but the Celts' overall deteriorating health (with Pierce hobbling now) makes it impossible for them to celebrate.

5 (4) Heat 39-15 Losing in Boston, with so many circumstances seemingly in their favor, dropped the Heat to 1-6 against the Celts, Bulls, Mavs and Lakers. Worse yet: Cleveland has more W's against the Celts than Miami this season.

6 (5) Bulls 36-16 Who in the East can be higher on the MVP ballot than D-Rose heading into the All-Star break? And, yes, I'd have posed the same question even before Rose's big games back-to-back on the road against D-Will and CP3.

7 (9) Magic 35-21 The most desperate Florida team on Sunday's TV docket? Had to be Orlando thanks to those eight straight L's to teams with winning records. The most impressive Florida team on the dial? Orlando by a mile after beating L.A.

8 (7) Thunder 34-19 Ringing up 30 isn't as easy as we make it sound for Durant. He leads the league in 30-point games with 22 and he'd certainly get there more often if it were easy because the Thunder are a robust 18-4 when he cracks 30.

9 (10) Grizzlies 30-26 Is it possible that O.J. Mayo's 10-game suspension actually stabilized these guys? Hard to argue when the Grizz are 7-2 without Mayo, 14-5 when Sam Young is in the starting lineup and looking like real playoff material.

10 (8) Hornets 33-23 A 2-7 skid without the ailing Okafor to anchor the D, even after a 10-game winning streak, comes as zero surprise. Beating Dwight Howard's Magic without Okafor, in Orlando, for the second win in that span? Legit shocker.

11 (14) Trail Blazers 30-24 Maybe it'd be wiser for B-Roy to wait until after the All-Star break to launch his comeback. LaMarcus Aldridge just topped 35 points for the third straight game; Drexler is the only other Blazer who knows that feeling. Ever.

12 (17) 76ers 26-28 Now we know who the Spurs fear most in the NBA Finals after the surging Sixers held them to 71 points Friday night. You have to go back five seasons, all the way to 2006-07, for San Antonio's last victory in Philly.

13 (12) Nuggets 31-24 The Nuggets really are this season's drama kings. Only they've won two games on buzzer-beaters after Afflalo followed up Melo's dagger against Chicago with a dagger J of his own to halt the Mavs' 10-game win streak.

14 (13) Suns 26-26 This wasn't a mere bad L at home. Sunday night saw the Suns lose to the Cousins-less Kings only after nudging past .500 for the first time since Dec. 7 (11-10) and having held three consecutive foes under 100 points.

15 (11) Hawks 33-20 Do the Hawks even want home-court advantage in their seemingly unavoidable first-round reunion with Orlando? Valid question after Atlanta couldn't hold a 22-point lead at Philips Arena against the up-and-down Bobs.

16 (21) Pacers 24-28 So what if they've beaten only one team with a winning record (Portland) in this 7-1 start to the Frank Vogel era? In the season's first 44 games under O'Brien, Indy never managed to win three games in a row even once.

17 (19) Warriors 24-29 Good luck convincing OKC that the Dubs' Ellis-and-Curry backcourt is too small to survive. The defensively challenged duo combined for 56 points and 20 assists against just four TOs in Sunday's win over the Thunder.

18 (18) Rockets 25-30 Walking off the floor with time still left on the clock is about as far away from MIP standards as Aaron Brooks could have strayed, but the Rockets insist they won't surrender Brooks in a trade unless it's part of a megadeal.

19 (16) Knicks 27-26 It's one thing to be distracted by trade speculation. It's quite another to publicly complain about it as much as the Knicks have. Equally disturbing: New York is a mere 14-25 when you throw out that magical 13-1 stretch.

20 (15) Jazz 31-24 It's not going to scare off suitors but it probably is a line worth filing away (as if D-Will, post-Sloan, wasn't already under the microscope): "I don't like being in the spotlight. It puts a lot of tension on me and I don't like it."

21 (24) Bobcats 23-31 A glimpse of Michael Jordan on the practice floor? Stephen Jackson with a buzzer-beater that gets all of us reciting his signature "I make love to pressure" line? Has there ever been a sexier week in Bobcats history?

22 (23) Pistons 20-35 Closer to a sale of the Pistons than we've been all season? Sure seems like it. Closer to a resolution on Rip Hamilton's future after he was freed from exile to play in exactly one game? Your guess is as good as ours.

23 (22) Bucks 20-33 The committee (of one) will be forced to concede at some point that the surge we've been promising from the banged-up Bucks ain't gonna happen. In the East, though, it's still too soon to make that concession.

24 (20) Clippers 20-34 Haven't heard exactly why the Clips' Grammys Road Trip is 11 games and the Lakers' Grammys Trip is seven ... but sympathy fades quickly after back-to-back losses in Cleveland and Toronto. Even with Gordon still out.

25 (28) Timberwolves 13-41 No time to savor those road wins in Houston and New Orleans. Not for Kevin Love. Not with LaMarcus Aldridge in Sota on Monday night, averaging 29.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg since Love was named as Yao's injury fill-in.

26 (25) Kings 13-38 Question: Why do the Kings put up with their marquee rookie's perpetual volatility? Answer: Cousins averaged 17 points and 8 boards in January and is averaging 17 and 11 in February against very strong opposition.

27 (29) Wizards 15-38 Don't want to spoil a momentous weekend for the Wiz, but their 0-25 start on the road will be remembered here as the more indefensible run of futility compared to Cleveland's, because of the two teams' rosters.

28 (26) Nets 17-38 Saturday night marked the first time in NBA history that road teams went 8-for-8 in a single day. Yet I assure you no home team was more bummed than the Nets, who couldn't take down the Amare-less Knicks.

29 (27) Raptors 15-40 It's been a lean 2011 to say the least for our friends north of the border. The Raps have a mere four wins in 23 tries in 2011 ... and those four victims (Cavs, Kings, Wolves and Clips) have a composite record of 55-159.

30 (30) Cavaliers 9-46 Now that The Streak is over, we go directly to Ohioans for a ruling: Do you put 26 straight L's with an injury-shredded, post-LeBron roster down there in the two-word pantheon with The Drive, The Fumble and The Betrayal?

http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/season/2011/week/16

RZZZA
02-14-2011, 04:51 PM
we dropped a ranking! damn warriors and blazers. Oh well, was expecting a bigger drop actually.

SportsAndrew25
02-14-2011, 04:52 PM
Solid rankings.

D Roses Bulls
02-14-2011, 05:01 PM
celtics getting it back together along with the lakers

xxcubs22xx
02-14-2011, 05:07 PM
5 (4) Heat 39-15 Losing in Boston, with so many circumstances seemingly in their favor, dropped the Heat to 1-6 against the Celts, Bulls, Mavs and Lakers. Worse yet: Cleveland has more W's against the Celts than Miami this season.

I don't understand this. I hate how Cleveland gets thrown in here because Lebron happens to be on the Heat, and Cleveland is such a bad team. How is it worse that Cleveland has more W's against the Celtics than Miami? How can you even use Cleveland in such a comparison? With such a small sample size? I don't get it. There are many reasons why the Heat are as good as they are despite that 1-6 clip, maybe he should have talked about that.

King Koopa
02-14-2011, 05:57 PM
we dropped a ranking! damn warriors and blazers. Oh well, was expecting a bigger drop actually.

Then why do you sound so surprised if you were expecting a bigger drop? Noob.

SeoulBeatz
02-14-2011, 06:06 PM
YEAH SON SIXERS AT #12


It's been at least 5 years since we've been that high lol.

The Jokemaker
02-14-2011, 06:18 PM
Nice to see the Grizzlies get their due, theyve been playing great basketball lately. They're at rebounding and at scoring in the paint, two key things to succeed in this league.

Cano4prez
02-14-2011, 06:18 PM
Decent, Mavs should be behind Boston imo

The Jokemaker
02-14-2011, 06:19 PM
I don't understand this. I hate how Cleveland gets thrown in here because Lebron happens to be on the Heat, and Cleveland is such a bad team. How is it worse that Cleveland has more W's against the Celtics than Miami? How can you even use Cleveland in such a comparison? With such a small sample size? I don't get it. There are many reasons why the Heat are as good as they are despite that 1-6 clip, maybe he should have talked about that.

It has merit because Cleveland just went on a 26 loss streak which breaks a sports record. And the fact that THEY beat the Celtics while the superstar triumvirate of Miami hasn't beaten them yet in 3 tries.

LTBaByyy
02-14-2011, 06:20 PM
I told yall that are sleeping on the Mavs!!!!!!!

Yes sir!!! #2 in the power rankings

Wrigheyes4MVP
02-14-2011, 10:32 PM
These rankings are terrible IMO

RZZZA
02-14-2011, 10:45 PM
Then why do you sound so surprised if you were expecting a bigger drop? Noob.

I'm not surprised, you're misinterpreting.

LTBaByyy
02-14-2011, 10:50 PM
Decent, Mavs should be behind Boston imo

We have won 12 of the last 13 and 2-0 against Boston

and are 2nd seed in the west behind Spurs and are 1-0 vs Lakers

But okay lol

bulls_world23
02-14-2011, 10:57 PM
How the hell are the lakers above chicago??

ChI_ShIzzLe
02-14-2011, 11:01 PM
I bet Stein is salty as hell for putting the Lakers at #3 after tonight's debacle.

THE GIPPER
02-14-2011, 11:21 PM
We have won 12 of the last 13 and 2-0 against Boston

and are 2nd seed in the west behind Spurs and are 1-0 vs Lakers

But okay lol

But dallas chokes in the playoffs and boston doesnt.

LTBaByyy
02-14-2011, 11:24 PM
But dallas chokes in the playoffs and boston doesnt.

Yep and they still put us #2 with all that baggage? Makes it sweeter :)

MrfadeawayJB
02-14-2011, 11:28 PM
Nice to see Grizz at #9....even though we are 9th in the west lol....but climbing the ladder fast! I hate how the national media ( for the most part) doesnet give us any respect when we have really turned it on. I watched SC the night we beat Denver after coming back from 17 down, and they made it seem like it was cuz denver is playing bad and the grizz are not playing that good. They kept calling us "grizzles"---like on steak! FU media!

sixer04fan
02-14-2011, 11:39 PM
Everyone's sleeping on Philly and Memphis. Good to see them getting respect here.

The Jokemaker
02-14-2011, 11:43 PM
Nice to see Grizz at #9....even though we are 9th in the west lol....but climbing the ladder fast! I hate how the national media ( for the most part) doesnet give us any respect when we have really turned it on. I watched SC the night we beat Denver after coming back from 17 down, and they made it seem like it was cuz denver is playing bad and the grizz are not playing that good. They kept calling us "grizzles"---like on steak! FU media!

I know right? Media gives a big screw you to Memphis. Team has the 3rd best record in the league since Christmas and has been winning against some good teams. I hope they knock out one of the higher seeds in the playoffs this year and maybe, just maybe get some respect. They work hard and aside from Mayo, don't have any diva acts.

mzgrizz
02-14-2011, 11:53 PM
^^^^ Thanks for the kind words ! I noticed before Sunday that only 6 teams had last 10 records of at least 7-3 and the Grizzlies were one of them. We ARE playing great ball right now and hope we can keep this train rollin