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#1 lyk13

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 09:54 AM

1 Posted Image L.A. Lakers (2) 3-0 Off: 112.5 (5), Def: 89.5 (1) -- It looks like the talk about focusing on defense wasn't just lip service, and Saturday's win in Denver of an example of how defense can get you a win when you aren't shooting well. Outrebounding your opponent 15-3 on the offensive boards helps too.


4 Posted Image Boston (1) 2-1 Off: 93.1 (28), Def: 91.3 (2) -- Only once last season (including the Playoffs -- 108 games total) did the Celtics have a worse offensive game than they did Saturday night in Indiana (and it was against Mike D'Antoni's Suns!). We'll hold off on bringing back the questions about their hunger, but this is a new season and those shiny rings no longer keep you in the top spot.


Ok this one really is sad, didn't expect them to be THIS LOW:

30 Posted Image L.A. Clippers (19) 0-3 Off: 93.3 (27), Def: 118.3 (29) -- The Clippers have been spanked by an average of 23.3 points in their first three games, and their next two are against two of the teams that have beat them already: the Jazz and Lakers. Thank you sirs, may I have another?

Source: http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/ - Valid only for this week



Power Rankings: Lakers rise, Celtics fall after first week



Posted Image 1 (2) Lakers 3-0 The Lakers' average margin of victory is down to 21.7 ppg after they could squeak out only a seven-point win Saturday night at Denver. That qualifies as the closest thing to a flaw we've seen during L.A.'s flashy start.


Posted Image 3 (1) Celtics 2-1 This might strike you as a steep drop for the defending champs, and you might even be right. Boston's problem is that the Lakers and Hornets were that good last week … and the Celts' showing in Indy was that bad.


Posted Image 30 (19) Clippers 0-3 The Clips lost to the less-rested Lakers by 38 when Baron Davis was available. What will it be like Wednesday when the Staples Center co-tenants hook up again if both Baron (hip) and Camby (heel) can't go?


P.S. I'm only highlighting Clippers because...really didn't expect them to be that low.

Edited by lyk13, November 03, 2008 - 10:07 AM.





#2 Tobias Fünke

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 10:06 AM

Power rankings in the first week of the season? give it at least 2 weeks.
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#3 lyk13

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 10:12 AM

Speaking of power rankings, what other sites have weekly power rankings? I can only recall one more to be SI, I think there's another...SI's not up yet.




#4 BeeZee

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 10:20 AM

I believe Fox Sports & Yahoo also do rankings, though I'm not 100% sure on that.

Good to see Lakers as #1, even if it means nothing.


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Posted November 03, 2008 - 12:33 PM

Doesn't mean much...yet.

We have to stay hungry. Don't have the let-downs that are inevitable against sleeper teams. It's going to take a near perfect season to stay at the top of West all season. Don't be surprised if we slide near the AllStar break...(I hope not...reverse jinx).

#6 rissa missa

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 01:13 PM

Doesn't mean much...yet.

We have to stay hungry. Don't have the let-downs that are inevitable against sleeper teams. It's going to take a near perfect season to stay at the top of West all season. Don't be surprised if we slide near the AllStar break...(I hope not...reverse jinx).


i totally agree, it's way to early to be ranking teams....

bite your tongue about the Lakers sliding (so you don't jinx them) ;)


#7 BeeZee

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 01:20 PM

Doesn't mean much...yet.

We have to stay hungry. Don't have the let-downs that are inevitable against sleeper teams. It's going to take a near perfect season to stay at the top of West all season. Don't be surprised if we slide near the AllStar break...(I hope not...reverse jinx).


Power rankings never mean much; just one person's opinion from NBA.com or ESPN.com, etc.


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#8 Eternal

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 01:26 PM

The only ranking I really care about is the defensive ranking we have right now. The offense will always be there, as we just have too many weapons who can score well. The defensive side was our weakness last year, and it seems they really focused on the defensive side during training camp, by what we've seen so far, early on in the year.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 01:58 PM

good stuff, i wonder when hollinger rankings start

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#10 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 02:59 PM

Nice, Lakers are 1st in defense and 5th in offense. The Lakers have been looking great out there and let's see how long they will be able to stay in that #1 spot.

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#11 Aztek Lakerfan

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 03:22 PM

Its nice to see the Lakers at number#1 even though is still early in the season.

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 05:40 PM

guys and gals we all want a championship but this is a year where we have to savor every victory...the nba season isnt all about the Finals...the journey is important and basking in the first week power rankings is what make FANS fans. We should not act like players or coaches but be wild outta control fans, and give our team all the POSITIVE ENERGY we can muster up
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#13 ReaListik

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 11:07 PM

guys and gals we all want a championship but this is a year where we have to savor every victory...the nba season isnt all about the Finals...the journey is important and basking in the first week power rankings is what make FANS fans. We should not act like players or coaches but be wild outta control fans, and give our team all the POSITIVE ENERGY we can muster up


I agree with that. The whole pleasure of winning the title is knowing the journey you took to get it. You've gotta sit back and just enjoy the ride while it lasts because Kobe and co. won't be around forever.
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#14 last stand 2.0

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Posted November 03, 2008 - 11:27 PM

i personally enjoy each game as its own

i never look ahead or behind

power rankings are for the most part bogus

being a fan is much more exciting when you watch each game as its own

when it was kobe and shaq i used to look ahead to the playoffs and never really took a step back to enjoy the dynasty

i want to enjoy each and every game and never look ahead

its really the best way to go
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Posted November 04, 2008 - 04:58 AM

I don't care about Power Rankings, but love reading the little quips they give for each team after the rankings.

The most important part though is learning where we stand in efficiency, and being 1st in defense and 5th in offense is damn good. Keep it up.

Btw:

OH NOES BSPN SAYS WE ARE 1ST I HATE THEM SO I SAYS WERE NOT 1ST!!!!!!!!!!!!1




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