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JordansBulls
01-23-2012, 06:20 PM
http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/year/2012/week/4

1 Chicago
15-3

2 Miami
11-5

3 Denver
12-5

4 Oklahoma City
13-3

5 Philadelphia
11-5

6 Indiana
11-4

7 San Antonio
10-7

8 Orlando
11-4

9 Atlanta
12-5

10 Memphis
9-6

Raph12
01-23-2012, 06:24 PM
Magic still being disrespected...

ManRam
01-23-2012, 06:28 PM
We've had a soft schedule...be we now have some good wins (@POR, vs. LAL etc.) and only one bad loss (Detroit). Definitely think we deserve top 10.

Luckily, power rankings mean nothing!

Mudvayne91
01-23-2012, 06:31 PM
Denver over OKC, huh? I like it, but I'm skeptical. OKC has had a pretty easy schedule though.

RLundi
01-23-2012, 06:40 PM
Marc Stein equals biased idiot.

He penalizes OKC for the loss on the road to the Wizards, yet he puts the Heat second after that hideous home loss to the hapless Bucks.

Magic and Hawks are both clearly better than the Spurs, who have exactly one road win, yet Stein feels they are the better team.

Good thing power rankings mean absolutely nothing...

setman2000
01-23-2012, 06:43 PM
With appx. 25% of the season over, the Heat are tied for the 7th best record in basketball and ESPN has them 2nd - hilarious!

Game_Over
01-23-2012, 06:54 PM
Yeah I love that the Nuggs are up there but OKC is a very tough team. Kinda loving that the Lakers are 15th and Knicks are 25th lol..

Nick O
01-23-2012, 07:09 PM
does anyone else perfer NBA.com over ESPN.com? .. i prefer mlb.com and nfl.com too.. i like the websites that specialize exactly in that one sport and i find the analysts often know more... anyway back on topic here is NBA.com power rankings

Chicago (15-3)
Pace: 92.1 (24), Off: 104.4 (6), Def: 92.7 (2)
The Bulls, who played well through injuries last season, are being tested again. They're 4-1 without Derrick Rose (turf toe), but all four wins were against losing teams. Now they have concerns about Luol Deng (wrist), Joakim Noah (ankle) and Taj Gibson (ankle), with a nine-game trip starting on Sunday.
Previous: 1

2 Oklahoma City (13-3)
Pace: 95.0 (10), Off: 104.8 (5), Def: 99.0 (14)
Despite the loss in Washington, there was plenty of good news for OKC last week. Russell Westbrook got locked up for the next five years and the Thunder started to play some defense. They couldn't score against the Wizards or Nets, but have allowed just 91 points per 100 possessions over their last five games.
Previous: 2

3 Miami (11-5)
Pace: 96.9 (2), Off: 106.0 (1), Def: 97.0 (7)
The #WithoutWade talk can end thanks to Sunday's ugly loss to the Bucks. The Heat were 15-4 on the second night of a back-to-back last season and success in those situations was supposed to carry them this year. But they're 2-3 without rest thus far, facing two more back-to-backs in the next eight days.
Previous: 5

4 Orlando (11-4)
Pace: 91.5 (27), Off: 105.2 (2), Def: 99.3 (17)
There's talk that the Magic might play out the season without trading Dwight Howard. They're playing well, but do they have any chance of knocking off the Bulls or Heat to get to the conference finals? Health will be a factor, but they're 1-4 against Chicago and 2-2 against Miami over the last two seasons.
Previous: 7

5 Denver (12-5)
Pace: 98.9 (1), Off: 105.1 (3), Def: 98.9 (13)
Despite a rash of injuries, the Nuggets went a 4-0 on their trip east. And to every Denver fan's delight, Danilo Gallinari (37 points and 11 boards) outplayed Carmelo Anthony on Saturday. George Karl played just seven guys in New York. His team has three days off before visiting the Kings on Wednesday.
Previous: 12

6 San Antonio (10-7)
Pace: 93.5 (19), Off: 103.5 (7), Def: 102.6 (24)
Gregg Popovich sacrificed a win by sitting Tim Duncan in Houston on Saturday, but resting Duncan may help long-term in more ways than one. Tiago Splitter had the biggest night of his career in Duncan's absence, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 boards. Splitter's development is a big X-factor in the West.
Previous: 3

7 Philadelphia (11-5)
Pace: 94.6 (13), Off: 105.1 (4), Def: 92.5 (1)
The Sixers came back to earth a little last week, but they've still won nine straight with Spencer Hawes. They play 10 of their next 11 at home, and it could be a feast-then-famine stretch. It starts with the Wizards, Nets, Bobcats and Pistons. Then come the Magic, Bulls, Heat, Hawks, Lakers, Spurs and Clippers.
Previous: 4

8 Indiana (11-4)
Pace: 93.6 (18), Off: 98.9 (20), Def: 95.2 (4)
The Pacers continue to win ugly for the most part, but their starters have been pretty strong offensively (109 points scored per 100 possessions), and they hit 10 threes in L.A. on Sunday. With two games against the Magic and a visit to Chicago this week, they can further establish their spot near the top of the East.
Previous: 11

9 L.A. Clippers (9-5)
Pace: 93.6 (16), Off: 102.7 (10), Def: 102.5 (23)
After a pair of thrillers last week, the Clippers are 3-2 without Chris Paul, who should be back Wednesday against the Lakers. No team has had more off days thus far, and they get two more pairs of consecutive off days this week. But it will be the last time they have consecutive off days before the All-Star break.
Previous: 8

10 Atlanta (12-5)
Pace: 92.6 (23), Off: 103.5 (8), Def: 95.6 (5)
There's no point in trying to figure out the Hawks, who are now 5-1 without Al Horford, allowing fewer than 94 points per 100 possessions. Offensively, Jeff Teague has improved, averaging 14.7 points on 48 percent shooting in the six games. Atlanta is 8-1 at home, but begins a five-game trip on Monday.

Baller1
01-23-2012, 07:12 PM
One horrendous loss in the last two weeks and we fall to 4th behind teams we've clearly played better than?

Nick O
01-23-2012, 07:16 PM
One horrendous loss in the last two weeks and we fall to 4th behind teams we've clearly played better than?

2nd on NBA.com

LakersA's49ers
01-23-2012, 07:17 PM
okc should be number 2 with miami 3 or 4. LA deserves #15. that offense is creating minimal space and when we do get space, the guys cant capitalize. sad stuff man

northsider
01-23-2012, 07:21 PM
I love that Denver team but, OKC does not deserve to be below them. I hate the Heat but, can understand having them where they are based on talent along cause it pretty much trump most teams. I don't think it would be a sham to have them behind OKC but, OKC is very much a top 3 team right now.

Mudvayne91
01-23-2012, 07:23 PM
Denver over Miami in my opinion. One more win and they did dominate them by 13 when all of the big 3 played. I don't have a problem with OKC being above the Nuggets, probably deserved. However, the Thunder "clearly" playing better than any of the ones above them is a stretch. Their schedule hasn't been that tough.

And these rankings are more what have you done for me lately. Nuggets just went 4/4 on the road with a 4 in 5 nights including 3 total OT games.

The_Jamal
01-23-2012, 09:11 PM
Is it bad that I'm stoked about the Kings 22nd ranking?

setman2000
01-23-2012, 09:45 PM
Is it bad that I'm stoked about the Kings 22nd ranking?

Hey, they're ahead of those "Championship Contender" Knicks!

Celtics33
01-24-2012, 03:51 AM
Hopefully the Celtics will start to climb the rankings.

blahblahyoutoo
01-24-2012, 11:58 AM
With appx. 25% of the season over, the Heat are tied for the 7th best record in basketball and ESPN has them 2nd - hilarious!

it's not just about the # of wins.
it's the quality of the wins, the opponents, team chemistry, noticeable flaws/strengths, etc.

DLeeicious
01-24-2012, 02:49 PM
One horrendous loss in the last two weeks and we fall to 4th behind teams we've clearly played better than?

I don't know how they determine power rankings because I don't care but while your record is better than Miami they have been a more efficient offense AND defense this year.

JordansBulls
01-24-2012, 03:39 PM
does anyone else perfer NBA.com over ESPN.com? .. i prefer mlb.com and nfl.com too.. i like the websites that specialize exactly in that one sport and i find the analysts often know more... anyway back on topic here is NBA.com power rankings

Chicago (15-3)
Pace: 92.1 (24), Off: 104.4 (6), Def: 92.7 (2)
The Bulls, who played well through injuries last season, are being tested again. They're 4-1 without Derrick Rose (turf toe), but all four wins were against losing teams. Now they have concerns about Luol Deng (wrist), Joakim Noah (ankle) and Taj Gibson (ankle), with a nine-game trip starting on Sunday.
Previous: 1

2 Oklahoma City (13-3)
Pace: 95.0 (10), Off: 104.8 (5), Def: 99.0 (14)
Despite the loss in Washington, there was plenty of good news for OKC last week. Russell Westbrook got locked up for the next five years and the Thunder started to play some defense. They couldn't score against the Wizards or Nets, but have allowed just 91 points per 100 possessions over their last five games.
Previous: 2

3 Miami (11-5)
Pace: 96.9 (2), Off: 106.0 (1), Def: 97.0 (7)
The #WithoutWade talk can end thanks to Sunday's ugly loss to the Bucks. The Heat were 15-4 on the second night of a back-to-back last season and success in those situations was supposed to carry them this year. But they're 2-3 without rest thus far, facing two more back-to-backs in the next eight days.
Previous: 5

4 Orlando (11-4)
Pace: 91.5 (27), Off: 105.2 (2), Def: 99.3 (17)
There's talk that the Magic might play out the season without trading Dwight Howard. They're playing well, but do they have any chance of knocking off the Bulls or Heat to get to the conference finals? Health will be a factor, but they're 1-4 against Chicago and 2-2 against Miami over the last two seasons.
Previous: 7

5 Denver (12-5)
Pace: 98.9 (1), Off: 105.1 (3), Def: 98.9 (13)
Despite a rash of injuries, the Nuggets went a 4-0 on their trip east. And to every Denver fan's delight, Danilo Gallinari (37 points and 11 boards) outplayed Carmelo Anthony on Saturday. George Karl played just seven guys in New York. His team has three days off before visiting the Kings on Wednesday.
Previous: 12

6 San Antonio (10-7)
Pace: 93.5 (19), Off: 103.5 (7), Def: 102.6 (24)
Gregg Popovich sacrificed a win by sitting Tim Duncan in Houston on Saturday, but resting Duncan may help long-term in more ways than one. Tiago Splitter had the biggest night of his career in Duncan's absence, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 boards. Splitter's development is a big X-factor in the West.
Previous: 3

7 Philadelphia (11-5)
Pace: 94.6 (13), Off: 105.1 (4), Def: 92.5 (1)
The Sixers came back to earth a little last week, but they've still won nine straight with Spencer Hawes. They play 10 of their next 11 at home, and it could be a feast-then-famine stretch. It starts with the Wizards, Nets, Bobcats and Pistons. Then come the Magic, Bulls, Heat, Hawks, Lakers, Spurs and Clippers.
Previous: 4

8 Indiana (11-4)
Pace: 93.6 (18), Off: 98.9 (20), Def: 95.2 (4)
The Pacers continue to win ugly for the most part, but their starters have been pretty strong offensively (109 points scored per 100 possessions), and they hit 10 threes in L.A. on Sunday. With two games against the Magic and a visit to Chicago this week, they can further establish their spot near the top of the East.
Previous: 11

9 L.A. Clippers (9-5)
Pace: 93.6 (16), Off: 102.7 (10), Def: 102.5 (23)
After a pair of thrillers last week, the Clippers are 3-2 without Chris Paul, who should be back Wednesday against the Lakers. No team has had more off days thus far, and they get two more pairs of consecutive off days this week. But it will be the last time they have consecutive off days before the All-Star break.
Previous: 8

10 Atlanta (12-5)
Pace: 92.6 (23), Off: 103.5 (8), Def: 95.6 (5)
There's no point in trying to figure out the Hawks, who are now 5-1 without Al Horford, allowing fewer than 94 points per 100 possessions. Offensively, Jeff Teague has improved, averaging 14.7 points on 48 percent shooting in the six games. Atlanta is 8-1 at home, but begins a five-game trip on Monday.


I think this is a better list.

Heediot
01-24-2012, 04:59 PM
Power rankings matter in June.