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D Roses Bulls
03-14-2011, 12:57 PM
1 (1) Lakers 47-20 Wish I had a dime for every time I heard this Saturday night: Bet the Lakers are glad now that they didn't trade Bynum. And the rich get richer: L.A. doesn't have to play another road game until April 1.

2 (2) Bulls 47-18 If the Bulls somehow snag the East's No. 1 overall seed -- or just stay where they are and finish ahead of Miami -- please tell me what, exactly, would be wrong with voting Rose for MVP and Thibs for COY?

3 (3) Spurs 54-12 The Suns shot 41.2 percent on 3s in 2009-10. Which is significant in San Antonio because that's the only team in the past 10 years with more team success from deep than these Spurs, who are at 40.2 percent.

4 (4) Mavericks 47-19 For all the talk about how much Chandler's presence has changed them, few teams out there can match the Mavs' innate ability to turn a 20-4 run into a crisis ... because of how painfully they lost the four.

5 (5) Celtics 47-17 Didn't give too much thought -- even after a home loss to the Clips and defeat in Philly -- to booting the Celts out of the top five. Holding the Bucks to 56 points, however, was a wise way to make sure.

6 (9) Heat 45-21 Did dropping the Heat all the way down to No. 9 trigger the ferocious response that dragged them past the blazing Lakers and/or spark the subsequent throttling of the hot Grizz? You see it too, huh?

7 (7) Thunder 42-23 It's too late for a real Sixth Man Award push but a welcome development in OKC given that Perkins hasn't logged a minute yet: Harden is averaging 17.6 ppg off the bench since Jeff Green was dealt to Boston.

8 (10) Nuggets 39-27 Denver is 7-2 since dealing Melo. With five wins against teams over .500 and an average victory margin of thirty-five in the other two wins. Think OKC wants to see the starless Nuggets in Round 1?

9 (6) Magic 42-25 Not what the Magic bargained for: Arenas has taken 659 shots in 2010-11 ... and is shooting 37.5 percent. Only three other players are sub-40 percent with at least 600 FGA: Brandon Jennings, Trevor Ariza, John Salmons.

10 (11) Trail Blazers 37-29 Bummed as the Blazers must be to go 2-2 on a trip that began with a Florida sweep, it's still a good time to urge you to curb the "West is down" talk. Huh? With lower seeds like Denver, Memphis and Portland?

11 (8) Grizzlies 36-31 Down was the only way to go after W's over San Antonio and Dallas hiked the Grizzlies to No. 8 ... but they couldn't have crashed back to earth with a harder thud after Melo's buzzer-beater and the Miami rout.

12 (15) Hornets 39-29 It was only the Kings, true, but give CP3 his post-concussion props: 33 points, 15 assists, seven boards and five steals in the same game has only been done by three others: Magic, Michael and, um, Nate Rob!

13 (14) 76ers 34-32 Even the most hardened Philly fan might forgive the Milwaukee debacle when they read this: Only Chicago has a better record in the East since Feb. 1, at 14-4, than the Sixers' 13-6 record in that span.

14 (12) Hawks 38-28 Sekou Smith of NBA.com, who's been tracking the Hawks for years, did the painful calculations that found Hinrich is their ninth PG since the 2005 draft ... when Billy Knight didn't take D-Will or CP3.

15 (16) Rockets 33-34 If the Rockets ultimately miss the playoffs, as expected now, here's one key culprit: They have nine L's after leading in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter or OT, behind only Detroit and Sota (10).

16 (17) Knicks 34-31 Are the Knicks trying for Miami in Round 1, as opposed to trying to swipe Atlanta's No. 5 seed? That's how it looks when they follow up two L's to the Cavs with Melo with a home L to floundering Indy.

17 (13) Suns 33-31 Ten comebacks this season from 10 points or more down. Six wins at home when trailing after three quarters. And all talk about the Suns' rallying powers/playoff chances is hereby moot if Nash can't heal. Quickly.

18 (20) Warriors 30-36 Makes total sense. The Dubs couldn't win in Sota, Indy or Jersey on a trip that had to go well to preserve any playoff hope ... then at home they find a way to corral Dwight Howard and Kevin Love back-to-back.

19 (21) Clippers 26-41 The Clips went a league-worst 2-12 in February without Eric Gordon. This month? With Gordon playing only twice and Mo Williams at the point, L.A. would be 6-0 if it didn't blow a 20-point lead in New Jersey.

20 (18) Jazz 34-33 This week's shock to the system for the reeling Jazz: Friday night's heavy loss at Sota -- Sota! -- was Utah's seventh by more than 20 points, one shy of the league-high shared by the Wiz and Cavs.

21 (22) Bucks 26-39 Had a big speech planned about how the Bucks deserve the No. 8 spot more than Indy or Charlotte because they have the best chance of giving Boston or Chicago some semblance of a series. Then Sunday happened.

22 (23) Bobcats 28-38 Good one from Hollinger: Even with three teams "battling" for No. 8 in the East -- Charlotte among them, despite the G-Wallace salary dump -- we might see our worst playoff team since Boston (35-47) in '94-95.

23 (19) Pacers 28-38 Not so sure Hansbrough's 29 points Sunday can pull Indy out of its costly recent funk. Yet we are sure that Durant, with 30 points in a Sonics uniform, is the only active player to score more in his MSG debut.

24 (24) Nets 21-43 Kris Humphries' life-changing season continued against Blake's Clips: Elias says he's just the third player ever to shoot 8-for-8 (or better) and snag 20 boards ... next to Wilt (nine times) and Dikembe.

25 (25) Timberwolves 17-51 The warmest consolation we've got after Kevin Love's double-double streak perished: Sota is in the throes of a 4-5 heat wave and just halted a run of 20 straight L's to divisional foes by throttling Utah.

26 (26) Raptors 18-48 It's borderline common knowledge that the post-LeBron Cavs started 7-9 before their epic unraveling. How'd we get to Week 20 before noting that the post-Bosh Raps started 8-11 and cratered similarly?

27 (29) Pistons 23-44 Rip Hamilton is starting again in Detroit. Except that his first start since Dec. 17 was on the road in Denver, so we await Wednesday night's reception back in Detroit if Rip gets the start against Toronto.

28 (27) Cavaliers 12-53 It's been that kind of season: Just getting newcomers Semih Erden and Luke Harangody on the floor to help the Cavs make it through the dog days of the schedule has been an ordeal thanks to injury obstacles.

29 (28) Kings 15-49 Looks like 18 games left for No. 18 as a Sacramento King ... with only eight of them actually in Sacramento. (This, incidentally, is the first Casspi reference in this comment space for 12 weeks. Restraint!)

30 (30) Wizards 16-48 Eleven road games to go. One win needed to avoid matching Sacramento's 1-40 road infamy in 1990-91. Friday in Toronto and the April 13 finale in Cleveland look like the most promising opportunities.

http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/season/2011/week/20

bovice163
03-14-2011, 01:01 PM
I would put Boston over Dallas, but otherwise a good list.

D Roses Bulls
03-14-2011, 01:03 PM
the nuggets stat since trading melo is pretty interesting

goblazers7
03-14-2011, 01:17 PM
Portland should be lower. We lost to the motha friggin bobcats

We did beat the heat and magic though.

marlinsfan24
03-14-2011, 01:22 PM
Remember guys, Heat always rises ;)

allSUAVE
03-14-2011, 01:23 PM
Knicks should be 30 after losing to Indiana I know these guys don't know how to play with each other yet and it takes time they said! But Indy ?

RIPSweetness34
03-14-2011, 01:26 PM
Can't wait for certain people to complain about this and say this guy doesn't know what he is talkin about. Mainly two teams on the East coast that were thought to be the class of the East before the season started. I think one of them decided having the ticker tape parade to celebrate the ring they win this year BEFORE the season started was too much and they should have a concert instead.

Mishmin
03-14-2011, 01:27 PM
I just don't understand how a 54-12 record goes number 3... Spurs just don't get the respect..

D Roses Bulls
03-14-2011, 01:29 PM
Remember guys, Heat always rises ;)

yeah, but I don't think right now anyone is feeling the "heat" at this moment and everyone is packed in the kitchen taking what they want. ;)

THE_G.O.A.T.
03-14-2011, 01:32 PM
Bulls should be #1, they've been on a very impressive run lately.

benzni
03-14-2011, 01:36 PM
nets not in the bottom 5....barely......very nice

Cubs Win
03-14-2011, 02:13 PM
I can agree with the Bulls spot in this.

bulls_world23
03-14-2011, 02:18 PM
Great list :clap:

NYM1989
03-14-2011, 02:21 PM
Spurs-1
Bulls-2
Lakers-3

should be the changes

kdspurman
03-14-2011, 02:31 PM
i think stein was itching for the spurs to drop a game or 2 so he could remove them from the 1 spot... i thought the lakers would drop to 2 after that loss to miami but i guess not. i dont mind the rankings. in all seriousness spurs even at 1 were under the radar. i'll live with flying under the radar even more.

DoubleDragon
03-14-2011, 02:52 PM
Portland should be lower. We lost to the motha friggin bobcats

We did beat the heat and magic though.

Nah. They beat my Lakers most of the time too. The Blazers should be a bit higher IMO. Charlotte's just an anomaly of sorts.

shizzle09
03-14-2011, 02:57 PM
after the grizzlies being listed ahead of the heat last week this poll's credibility is shot! that said i think the top 10 are close to right this week. haha

bringbackfredex
03-14-2011, 03:04 PM
13 (14) 76ers 34-32 Even the most hardened Philly fan might forgive the Milwaukee debacle when they read this: Only Chicago has a better record in the East since Feb. 1, at 14-4, than the Sixers' 13-6 record in that span.

16 (17) Knicks 34-31 Are the Knicks trying for Miami in Round 1, as opposed to trying to swipe Atlanta's No. 5 seed? That's how it looks when they follow up two L's to the Cavs with Melo with a home L to floundering Indy

:smoking:

ManRam
03-14-2011, 03:13 PM
It's almost the time of year where I actually bother caring about power rankings...

1. Spurs: Not being a prisoner of the moment, they've been and still are the best team IMO
2. Bulls: Hottest team in the league, best defensive team in the league
3. Lakers: Knew they'd get back up towards the top, they've regained the championship defense they didn't have early on
4. Mavericks: Give them the nod over the Celtics just by a hair
5. Celtics: 7-3 in their last 10, but a lot of those have been close games to bad teams
6. Heat: Can't put them lower than this, nor would I ever feel a need to
7. Magic: A one man team...the 2010 Cavs-lite. The defense has still be there, though.
8. Thunder
9. Nuggets: Love this team a lot. Better off without Melo, at least until the adrenaline wears off.
10. Portland
11. Memphis
12. New Orleans
13. Philly
14. Atlanta
15. New York

DLeeicious
03-14-2011, 03:57 PM
I really love the Nuggets right now and apparently odds-makers are slow to the party as they've been covering most spreads for me since the trade. I would NOT want to face them in the playoffs they are a threat to anyone.

Kashmir13579
03-14-2011, 04:29 PM
Nuggets!!!! i wanna see Gallo and Chandler do some work out there in the West.

Illa215
03-14-2011, 04:30 PM
13 (14) 76ers 34-32 Even the most hardened Philly fan might forgive the Milwaukee debacle when they read this: Only Chicago has a better record in the East since Feb. 1, at 14-4, than the Sixers' 13-6 record in that span.

16 (17) Knicks 34-31 Are the Knicks trying for Miami in Round 1, as opposed to trying to swipe Atlanta's No. 5 seed? That's how it looks when they follow up two L's to the Cavs with Melo with a home L to floundering Indy

:smoking:

:clap:

D Roses Bulls
03-14-2011, 04:50 PM
It's almost the time of year where I actually bother caring about power rankings...

1. Spurs: Not being a prisoner of the moment, they've been and still are the best team IMO
2. Bulls: Hottest team in the league, best defensive team in the league
3. Lakers: Knew they'd get back up towards the top, they've regained the championship defense they didn't have early on
4. Mavericks: Give them the nod over the Celtics just by a hair
5. Celtics: 7-3 in their last 10, but a lot of those have been close games to bad teams
6. Heat: Can't put them lower than this, nor would I ever feel a need to
7. Magic: A one man team...the 2010 Cavs-lite. The defense has still be there, though.
8. Thunder
9. Nuggets: Love this team a lot. Better off without Melo, at least until the adrenaline wears off.
10. Portland
11. Memphis
12. New Orleans
13. Philly
14. Atlanta
15. New York

so lebron james won 60 something games for the cavs last year by him self? :confused: so what does that make the heat this year? since they wont match last seasons cavs?

LA_Raiders
03-14-2011, 05:23 PM
Not Bad, See you Bull in the Finals!!!

SteveNash
03-14-2011, 05:32 PM
Remember guys, Heat always rises ;)

No it doesn't.

Avenged
03-14-2011, 05:47 PM
Lakers back on top on these meaningless rankings. :p

ManRam
03-14-2011, 05:48 PM
so lebron james won 60 something games for the cavs last year? :confused: so what does that make the heat this year? since they wont match last seasons cavs?

It makes the Heat the Heat: a completely different team that is in no way at all like Cleveland was. :shrug:

Not sure what you're getting at.

pd1dish
03-14-2011, 05:59 PM
Remember guys, Heat always rises ;)

what happened when you guys dropped to #9 in last weeks power rankings?

dumb joke

D Roses Bulls
03-14-2011, 06:48 PM
It makes the Heat the Heat: a completely different team that is in no way at all like Cleveland was. :shrug:

Not sure what you're getting at.

it looks like your trying to say lebron won 60 plus games for the cavs by himself. that obviously wasn't the case because if that were true, lebron teamed up with wade this year and they wont even match the cavs of last year. so obviously the supporting cast had more to do then people give them credit for cause lebron isnt by himself this year and so far he isnt having the same success.

Karl Pilkington
03-14-2011, 07:02 PM
decent list but i would have moved orlando and philly up