1 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 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:
Source: http://www.nba.com/powerrankings/ - Valid only for this week
30 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?
Power Rankings: Lakers rise, Celtics fall after first week
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.
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.
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.