Jan 20th 2009
I should just call it the late edition since I couldnt do it last week. I went to the Jazz Pacers game last week and sat 8th row and witnessed Okur's 43 Point Career Explosion. So with a couple weeks of no Rankings we should have a different NBA Power Ranking Landscape to talk about this week.
Here is the last Power Ranking for Reference
High Riser this week- 12- (21) Philadelphia, i had to do it, they have really improved and prior to the start of the season i thought they would be one of the teams to beat in the East and I'm sticking to it.
1- (4) Orlando- THey have the best record in the NBA with 33-8. Jameer Nelson is stepping up into All Star mode and leading them (aside from the Superman). nba.com reports: Doc Rivers said of the Magic, "Right now, there's nobody in the NBA playing better than Orlando." It's tough to argue with the man.
2-(3) Cleveland-Well last nights 2nd game of the TNT double header had the Cavs vs the Lakers but the Lakers were not going to be denied. There bench is deep and the Cavs are sturggling with injuries to Big Z and Delonte West. Lebron should be the MVP though, at least thats How Kobe feels.
3-(2) Boston - Well they are starting to look back to form after the horrible run of losses stacked up. They dismantled the Suns last night and really took over from the first. So this team will have minor collapses like that but the BIG 3 are still a force to be reckoned with and will be in the Eastern Finals, i didnt say finals but i know they will be competing for it.
4-(1) L.A. Lakers- 32-8 record, they dropped 6 straight before beating the Cavs last night. They were the best and now the 4th. WHo would of thought 2 weeks ago that the Cavs, Magic, and Celtics would all pass the Lake Show.
5-(5) San Antonio- Last time i dubbed the Spurs "The Silent Assasins." Now i would like to dub them the "Old Reliable." Manu is getting back to all star level play, how many treys did he hit the last couple of games.
6- (7) Denver- They are calling Chauncey Billups Mr Big Shot now, or something like that but dont talk to KMart after his free throws last night. This team is still very talented and they are doing it without Melo. Even guys like JR Smith are starting to play with consitency.
9-(13) Houston- Yao Ming recently went 12-12 on saturday. Then Tracy Mcgrady said that he is going to do his summer workout and come back better than ever. Basically this team is suffering from the Injury bug... again.
11-(14) Utah- I would have put them higher but they had that said appearance against the Thunder and lost by 20, i bet Sloan really grilled them about that. si.com reports, "The've lost 108 man-games to injuries this season, forcing coach Jerry Sloan to use 13 different starting lineups. One reason for optimism is the recent play of point guard Deron Williams. A frequent member of the Jazz's injury report, Williams is averaging 26.3 points and 11.8 assists in the last four games. "
12- (21) Philadelphia- THey have won 7 straight without Brand and that included double digit wins over the Spurs, Hawks, Blazers. They gotta figure out how to include Brand in their offense and keep this train rolling.
14-(9) Detroit- I was impressed with Richard Hamilton recently for saying he would come off the bench to help the team. But what he really meant was, Allen Iverson wont sit the bench and i'll be the bigger man and come off the bench so ball hog can keep doing his thing."
15- (8) Atlanta- THey are playing pretty well and Mike Bibby is the leader but Joe Johnson is becoming that locker room leader. I didnt want to drop them this far but couldnt help it since other teams are playing a little better.
18- (23) Charlotte- Well another trade and i dont think they are done yet. Having Diop now really opens up the offense to allow Diaw to play more SF and even PF and then Okafor at the PF instead of the C. I still think Felton will be traded as well.
20- (17) New Jersey-Coach Frank benched Vince and Devin for the 2nd half of a recent game and said that the team was embarresing. So either this team is going to continue to fall or be resparked. Will Carter be traded? Thats another one of my weekly questions.
21- (20) Indiana- Well i got to see Danny Granger light it up in SLC but the Jazz prevailed. The thing is that during that game Granger didnt miss (very much) and was deadly beyond the arc. He continued that all week and last night lost to Chris Pauls buzzer beating 3. Danny Granger should be an all star but the position is deep so he might not make it.
30- (27) Washington- Nick Young said this, ""It hurts. We'll be in the game every game, and it comes down to the last five minutes of the fourth quarter, and we always come up short," guard Nick Young told The Washington Times. "It's starting to take a toll on us now. We've got to get it together somehow. We've got to find a way."
Now thats funny looking!