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pd7631
03-07-2011, 02:18 PM
1 (5) Lakers 45-19 Everyone who said that the Lakers have too much size and too much Kobe to worry about their various periods of malaise during the first 50-odd games ... we can hear you revving up your Told You Sos from here.

2 (3) Bulls 43-18 No top-three team, East or West, had a more underwhelming road record than the Bulls' pedestrian 15-13. Then they uncorked a weekend Florida sweep and really should have won in Atlanta to run the table.

3 (1) Spurs 51-12 A 28-point halftime deficit to the Lakers after 22 home wins in a row was only the week's No. 2 surprise from the Spurs. Tony Parker coming back so quick was an even bigger shocker, knowing their overly cautious ways.

4 (2) Mavericks 45-17 The margins are indeed so ridiculously slim in the ultra-competitive top five that the Mavs losing for just the second time in 20 games (both by just one point) and temporarily losing Chandler causes a two-spot dip.

5 (4) Celtics 46-15 The new guy looked pretty loose Friday night in our first up-close glimpse of Jeff Green in green. Can't help but wonder, though, if he really realizes how much playoff scrutiny is coming in the Celts' post-Perk world.

6 (7) Magic 40-23 Getting a 16-tech suspension this early, when your name isn't Sheed, is bound to hurt Dwight's MVP campaign, no matter how impressively he's otherwise carried the load amid all the change and struggles in Orlando.

7 (8) Thunder 39-22 Perhaps Perk delivers everything OKC theoretically lost when it rescinded the Tyson Chandler trade two years ago. Yet you can't help wonder if he's going to be healthy enough to be a game-changer this season.

8 (9) Grizzlies 35-29 Z-Bo generated very little All-Star snub pub, but the shot he rainbowed in to beat Dallas put the lefty and his Grizz in a rather exclusive club: No one else besides Memphis has three wins over the Mavs this season.

9 (6) Heat 43-20 Spoelstra will surely come to regret let any of this slip, but the tale about crying players sure did divert some of the focus away from Miami's crunch-time failings and sad 1-9 record against teams from the .700 Club.

10 (10) Nuggets 37-27 Good news: Denver is 5-2 with multiple quality wins since trading Melo and could have won all seven. Bad news: Denver is still tied with Sacramento for the league lead in L's (12) after leading by 10 or more.

11 (12) Trail Blazers 35-27 The Blazers just held Charlotte under 20 in every quarter -- only the fourth time in team history that's happened -- and find themselves on a 9-3 roll that could have been even better since all three L's came at home.

12 (11) Hawks 37-26 The feel-good factor after that big comeback to topple scorching Chicago didn't last long. The Hawks just became only the third team in Mike D'Antoni's three seasons in NYC to score fewer than 80 points against the Knicks.

13 (15) Suns 32-29 Sunday's events were undeniably painful. Especially for Vince Carter. But an OT loss at OKC, even combined with Dallas' inability to hold a 17-point lead over Memphis, can't undo the overall goodness of a 4-2 road trip.

14 (16) 76ers 32-30 LeBron, Rondo, Westbrook ... and the rejuvenated Andre Iguodala. That's your complete list of players who've racked up three triple-doubles this season, with two of Iguodala's coming in the flying Sixers' past two games.

15 (13) Hornets 37-28 Think I speak for just about all of us when I say that it'd be great if we could rewind to, say, Wednesday. Back when the biggest concern about CP3 was that recent scoring dip as opposed to Sunday's scary stretcher scenes.

http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings

pd7631
03-07-2011, 02:19 PM
16 (17) Rockets 32-32 With Kevin Martin clicking, their D tightening and a home-heavy schedule? You have to like the Rockets' chances of cracking the top eight better than fading Utah's, even if they still haven't climbed above .500 yet this season.

17 (14) Knicks 32-29 Make all the jokes you want about how the Knicks are praying they don't see Cleveland in the first round. They've still got two elite scorers none of the big boys want to see to go with Melo's two losses to the Cavs.

18 (19) Jazz 33-30 Neither Sloan nor D-Will made it to the end of February. Only an OT win over the lowly Kings halted the first seven-game losing streak at home since 1982. All those comebacks early on? Cake compared to Utah's current hole.

19 (18) Pacers 27-35 The collapsed Mayo trade still stings. The Pacers also just got swept in OKC, Dallas and Houston by 49 points combined. The consolation? Vogel is 4-5 on the road ... compared to Indy's 1-14 road record in December and January.

20 (20) Warriors 27-35 Five games into that season-defining stretch (12-of-15 on the road), it's already clear (after four narrow L's) that the Dubs HAD to do better than 12-10 when they had 18-of-22 at home to have any playoff shot.

21 (24) Clippers 23-40 The goal for the final 19 games? With Gordon freshly reinjured, Blake might as well go for the 16 double-doubles he needs to surpass Shaq's 68 in 1992-93, which is the rookie record since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77.

22 (22) Bucks 23-38 More evidence to suggest that getting Bogut and Jennings healed is all that matters at this stage of a lost season: Milwaukee is 8-30 against .500-or-better teams. Only the Wolves (4-37), Wiz (7-33) and Cavs (8-33) are worse.

23 (21) Bobcats 26-36 Breaking up a going-nowhere team might actually prove to be the right move. Yet something tells me MJ would have had some issues with his bosses if he were ON the team that dumped Tyson Chandler, Felton and G-Wallace.

24 (23) Nets 19-43 Two overseas wins over the Raps aren't going to net much global recognition, but Prokhorov and Co. did see the Brook Lopez of their dreams in London: 32 points, 14 boards and eight blocks in Saturday's triple-OT win.

25 (25) Timberwolves 15-49 This should give you a feel for the load Kevin Love has to carry: Sota is only 3-8 when Love rumbles for 20 points and 20 rebounds ... including 1-2 last week when he somehow did it in three straight road games.

26 (26) Raptors 17-46 You buy the London factor with Brook Lopez because his overall line was SO gaudy. Bargnani? Twelve rebounds to go with Saturday's 35 points feels like more a three-OT effect, since he needed 52 minutes to grab that dozen.

27 (28) Cavaliers 12-50 Hickson's been quietly figuring things out over the past month, Baron as a Cav is must-see and April 3 MUST be circled on your calendar with Cleveland going for a 4-0 sweep of the Knicks that night at MSG. We're serious.

28 (27) Kings 15-45 He only just got there, but maybe no one is going to miss Sacramento more than Marcus Thornton. With Tyreke Evans out, it's been a veritable green-light district for the newest King (21.2 ppg so far) to launch and launch.

29 (30) Pistons 23-41 You actually CAN lump the Pistons together with the Heat even though they've been engulfed by distinctly different brands of chaos: They're the only two teams this season to squander a lead of at least 20 points twice.

30 (29) Wizards 16-46 It'd be nice, by season's end, if Wall can at least claim to be unanimously regarded as the season's second-best rookie. A second win to avoid tying the Kings' 1-40 record road disaster in 1990-91 wouldn't hurt, either.

http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings

Avenged
03-07-2011, 02:33 PM
Is this the same writer that always takes jabs at the Lakers in previous power rankings? I doubt it since their praise now..

Anyways, good to see the Lakers at #1, they sure have been impressive ever since the all-star break ended.

The Heat took a big fall too, they're at #9.

Ripper Gein
03-07-2011, 02:38 PM
As it should be!

pd7631
03-07-2011, 02:38 PM
Is this the same writer that always takes jabs at the Lakers in previous power rankings? I doubt it since their praise now..

Anyways, good to see the Lakers at #1, they sure have been impressive ever since the all-star break ended.

The Heat took a big fall too, they're at #9.

It really looks like the Lakers flipped that switch and are in playoff mode now. That was a major statement yesterday against San Antonio, and Bynum was a monster.

smiddy012
03-07-2011, 02:55 PM
Bulls number 2?

It seems like just yesterday the whole PSD forum had Bosh as the better player over Rose (which is comical in hindsight).

It seems like just yesterday the whole PSD forum thought Wade > Rose.

It seems like just yesterday no one thought Rose was top 20...


After all the crap I got for making these "crazy" arguments over the off-season, this feels pretty good...

bovice163
03-07-2011, 02:57 PM
Solid list. LA has rounded back into form, and is more than deserving of that #1 ranking. Anyone else surprised about the Grizzlies at #9? I was sure that they were going to be a very solid team this year, who would've thought they would be ranked this high when Rudy Gay is out?

Supa
03-07-2011, 03:08 PM
Ironically, Power ranking has no power of any sort, I rather Lakers work on getting Home Court Advantages against the top teams.

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DLeeicious
03-07-2011, 03:09 PM
Heat lost 4 in a row shouldn't they be like 25th or so (tough schedule or they'd be 30th obviously)? Isn't that how power rankings work on recent results?










(don't cry heat fans just busting your chops)

shep33
03-07-2011, 03:14 PM
As a Laker fan, I've always hated power rankings, I think they're quite useless in all honesty.

The Jokemaker
03-07-2011, 03:17 PM
Solid list. LA has rounded back into form, and is more than deserving of that #1 ranking. Anyone else surprised about the Grizzlies at #9? I was sure that they were going to be a very solid team this year, who would've thought they would be ranked this high when Rudy Gay is out?

They're #8 actually and I'm not surprised. If you'd followed the team last season (I know, nobody did) they played very well last year. This season has seen an improved defense (mainly with steals) and the emergence of Conley. Plus two wins this week over the Spurs and Mavs will put you at #8. They had two in a week, Miami has had 1 all season...

I'm just hoping they can keep it up and get a higher seed in the playoffs. Go Grizz!

Purugskid
03-07-2011, 03:20 PM
sweet

CostanzaNumba0
03-07-2011, 03:24 PM
the knicks are way better than 17th, cavs loss sucked but if howard doesnt hurt chauncey they beat 3 of the better teams in the league

Super.
03-07-2011, 03:29 PM
The Celtics have won 7 of their last 8 and fell?

:confused:

J-Relo
03-07-2011, 03:36 PM
Bulls number 2?

It seems like just yesterday the whole PSD forum had Bosh as the better player over Rose (which is comical in hindsight).

It seems like just yesterday the whole PSD forum thought Wade > Rose.

It seems like just yesterday no one thought Rose was top 20...


After all the crap I got for making these "crazy" arguments over the off-season, this feels pretty good...

it's a week ranking... key word: week

nickdymez
03-07-2011, 04:09 PM
Knicks should be higher

RIPSweetness34
03-07-2011, 04:15 PM
Bulls number 2?

It seems like just yesterday the whole PSD forum had Bosh as the better player over Rose (which is comical in hindsight).

It seems like just yesterday the whole PSD forum thought Wade > Rose.

It seems like just yesterday no one thought Rose was top 20...


After all the crap I got for making these "crazy" arguments over the off-season, this feels pretty good...

THIS:clap::clap::clap::clap::D:D:D:D

RZZZA
03-07-2011, 04:17 PM
Spurs at number 3? Meh. One bad loss at home and suddenly you ain't the king of the hill no more.

Pierzynski4Prez
03-07-2011, 04:29 PM
Funny seeing Memphis above Miami.

ChiSox219
03-07-2011, 04:48 PM
Why should the knicks be higher?

redsox0717
03-07-2011, 04:52 PM
How do the Lakers rise to #1 but the Celtics fall? FAIL

The Jokemaker
03-07-2011, 05:29 PM
How do the Lakers rise to #1 but the Celtics fall? FAIL

Not if you look at it in detail. Lakers have won 7 in a row and just put an old school beatdown on the consensus #1 team in the league. That warrants a #1 ranking. Then you have the Spurs who aside from that laker loss, played great including a whipping of the Heat. Then the Mavs who have been playign very well lately and were 3.1 seconds away from a win last night. And then there were the Bulls who were already higher than the Celtics and had big wins over Heat and Magic.

flclfanman
03-07-2011, 05:39 PM
Good list.

Maybe Lebron was talking about where his team would be ranked at the end of the year in that preseason press conference

not 1st
not 2nd
not 3rd
not 4th
not 5th
not 6th
not 7th...

NINTH...just sayin :shrug:

flclfanman
03-07-2011, 05:43 PM
How do the Lakers rise to #1 but the Celtics fall? FAIL

Wins are also graded by the strength on the opponents. Sure the C's have been winning alot lately, but against who? Scrubs, like they're supposed to do. Everyone else that moved up beat at least 2 quality opponents in the same week.

MiamiWadeCounty
03-07-2011, 05:54 PM
Good list.

Maybe Lebron was talking about where his team would be ranked at the end of the year in that preseason press conference

not 1st
not 2nd
not 3rd
not 4th
not 5th
not 6th
not 7th...

NINTH...just sayin :shrug:

Was that supposed to be funny? Power Rankings don't mean a whole lot anyways. With that said, why the fuh did the Celts drop to five. Imo, they should be at the very least 3 with Lakers and Spurs/Mavs. :facepalm:

flclfanman
03-07-2011, 06:03 PM
Was that supposed to be funny? Power Rankings don't mean a whole lot anyways. With that said, why the fuh did the Celts drop to five. Imo, they should be at the very least 3 with Lakers and Spurs/Mavs. :facepalm:

Did you read my last post?

Name ONE good team the C's have beat in their last 5 games.

Unlike the Lakers/Spurs/Mavs; Boston has feasted on a cupcake schedule in late Feb/Early March. You don't just move up in the rankings for beating teams you're supposed to beat.

ChI_ShIzzLe
03-07-2011, 06:04 PM
Good list.

Maybe Lebron was talking about where his team would be ranked at the end of the year in that preseason press conference

not 1st
not 2nd
not 3rd
not 4th
not 5th
not 6th
not 7th...

NINTH...just sayin :shrug:

:laugh:

D Roses Bulls
03-07-2011, 06:34 PM
good list.

Maybe lebron was talking about where his team would be ranked at the end of the year in that preseason press conference

not 1st
not 2nd
not 3rd
not 4th
not 5th
not 6th
not 7th...

Ninth...just sayin :shrug:

:d