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  • NBA Power Rankings

    High jump of the week: Kings, Wolves, Knicks(+3)
    Free fall of the week: Pacers, Pistons, Wizards(-3)

    TEAM (LAST WK) REC. BREAKDOWN
    1 Phoenix (2)
    47-14 Yeah, yeah, yeah the Spurs didn't have Duncan or Ginobili on Wednesday night, but the Suns could have relaxed. They didn't and they're playing better than anyone else right now
    2 San Antonio (1)
    47-14 Got a taste of life without T.D. or Manu on Wed. Still, the Spurs showed pluck in Phoenix and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker when it comes to home court playoffs advantage.
    3 Miami (5)
    46-16 Hotter than South Beach in August with six wins in a row and eight in their last 10. Fillin' it with 105.5 ppg in that streak and the next three are at home.
    4 Seattle (4)
    41-18 Sonics have a 10½ game lead on the Nuggets in the Northwest. A division title would guarantee them at least a No. 3 seed. Not bad for a team out the playoffs the last two seasons.
    5 Dallas (6)
    39-20 Ugly three-game slide exacerbated by Nowitzki and Finley injuries. Mavs rebounded with a win over the Raptors at home. More good news: Dirk and Mike should be back to face Lakers.
    6 Detroit (3)
    39-22 We received a lot of "Ha-ha!" e-mails after the Pistons lost the final three games of a six-game trip. My feeling is the Pistons, despite that stumble, could have the last laugh in the East.
    7 Sacramento (10)
    38-24 Dropped last three games of a five-game Eastern swing, but the Kings have returned to their castle to win two in a row. Also have the next three at home. Locals feel team is a title contender.
    8 Houston (8)
    35-25 Played only twice this week, but Rockets fans have to like the results, holding the Mavs to 69 and beating the Sonics in Seattle. Get a true test with Phoenix on Friday.
    9 Memphis (9)
    34-26 Won four in a row before losing a close and painful game against the Kings in Sactown on Tuesday. Will take a Herculean effort to get homecourt advantage in the first round.
    10 Washington (7)
    33-26 Only reason the Wiz would have a first-round home court playoffs advantage if the season ended today is because the No. 5 seed Cleveland is also 3-7 in last 10. Gotta step it up.
    11 Boston (13)
    32-29 Leading the Atlantic, still the No. 3 seed in the East and are 4-1 with 'Toine back. Get another big test when they host the defending champs on Friday.
    12 Chicago (12)
    31-27 Broke three game skid with win over the Bucks and then went West and dumped the Trail Blazers. Soncis will test them twice in a five-day span.
    13 Cleveland (11)
    32-27 Whew! After a six-game skid, a win, finally. That should have Cavs fans breathing a bit easier. Maybe Usher is a good luck charm.
    14 Denver (16)
    31-29 They've launched themselves into the eighth playoff spot in the West with a seven-game win streak. Haven't given up more than 100 points in a loss since George Karl took over.
    15 Orlando (14)
    31-29 Looked good with a three-game winning streak, but promptly lost two in a row to follow that streak. Get Wolves and Nets at home before hittin' the road for five.
    16 Minnesota (19)
    31-30 A three-game winning streak from last season's West best? Just on the cusp of the West playoff race, the Wolves have a brutal schedule: Five of next six are away from home.
    17 L.A. Lakers (17)
    30-29 For only the third time since the Clips moved to L.A. have the Lakers lost consecutive games to their L.A. rivals. It doesn't get any easier as eight of the Lakers' next nine are on the road.
    18 Indiana (15)
    30-30 This gritty squad went 2-1 in the last three games of a four-game trip since J.O. went out with a shoulder injury. So far this season, they've used 24 different starting lineups.
    19 Philadelphia (18)
    29-32 I think Scottie Pippen's latest blog about the Sixers and the Celtics says it best.
    20 L.A. Clippers (21)
    27-34 No team in the NBA has a higher home-win, road-win differential (20-12 at home, 7-22 on the road) than the Clips. Still 4½ games out of the West's final playoff spot.
    21 New York (24)
    26-34 The New York Daily News says the Knicks have a new formula for winning: "Chemistry plus 'D' = turnabout." The NYK have won five of six, but has the turnabout come too late?

    22 New Jersey (20)
    27-35 Stopped three-game skid with close win over the Hornets in New Orleans, but with the Heat, Magic and Bulls on the docket, they'll be hard pressed to fight their way back into the race.
    23 Toronto (22)
    26-35 Sweet box score balance in win over the Magic on Wednesday as seven players score 13 or more points. And even Rafael Araujo is coming into his own.
    24 Milwaukee (23)
    25-34 A nice 2-1 week and still on the periphery of the playoff race. They'll need to get incredibly hot to make it and the next week brings four games in six days.
    25 Golden State (27)
    19-42 Pushed defending champs to the limit, losing by four on Wednesday. Good news is they've gone 3-3 so far on a rugged eight-game, 13-day trip.
    26 Utah (25)
    20-40 Went 0-3 this past week and are two losses away from giving coach Jerry Sloan his first-ever sub-.500 season as Jazz coach.
    27 Portland (26)
    22-37 That's six losses in a row for the Trail Blazers, the latest a 13-point loss at home to the Bulls.
    28 New Orleans (28)
    13-47 Went 1-2 this week with one of the losses an OT nail-biter against Coach Scott's old Nets.
    29 Charlotte (30)
    12-46 Skid has reached four games and now Gerald Wallace has bruised ribs.
    30 Atlanta (29)
    10-50 The streak is now at 13 after a close loss to Boston on Wednesday.

    Mavs at #5 and they'd probably be higher if it weren't for the three game losing streak caused by Finley and Nowitzki's injuries.

  • #2
    There was some obvious mental chess going on between the Spurs and Suns before the game Wednesday.

    There were reasons Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn't play Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan - his two best players - and it was much deeper than any minor injury.

    Protecting Tim: The Suns have the most athletic big men in the league. They run and gun, and that’s not the game you want Tim Duncan playing in on a sore ankle on back-to-back nights.

    Already Won the Season Series: The Spurs already own the season series tiebreaker, so there were no real playoff implications Wednesday night. The bottom line: nothing to lose.

    Head Games: The Spurs were the only team in the NBA the Suns hadn't beaten. So what if they won Wednesday?

    No Tim + No Manu = No Confidence if you're Phoenix.

    The Spurs planted that seed of doubt that blooms if they meet in the playoffs. The way the Spurs played without their two All-Stars players doubled that doubt.

    That's why we call him “CIA Pop.” And that’s why he's the best in the business.

    If the Spurs meet Suns in playoff win in 5 games (maybe sweep)
    Congrats to the 2005 NBA Champions

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    • #3
      Oh and also not playing b/c of an injury was Nazy and suns only win by 6? Spurs still #1! The Only competition will come against playing detroit in the finals.
      Congrats to the 2005 NBA Champions

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      • #4
        Celtics-Pistons Tonight. If the C's wanna prove that they are one of the 3 elites in the East, they have to win this game.
        fuck

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