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Dime NBA Power Ranking: Lakers fall outside the Top 5

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10. Denver Nuggets (13-6)
Last week — Beat Milwaukee, beat L.A. Clippers, beat Memphis
In their current seven-game win streak, the Nuggets have topped 100 points all but once (when they scored 98), and have done it when Carmelo Anthony was out for one game and off for more than one.

9. Atlanta Hawks (13-8)
Last week — Beat Memphis, beat Philadelphia, lost at Miami
Joe Johnson is out 4-6 weeks with a right elbow injury, which he admitted has been bothering him all season and explains his low scoring (17.1 ppg) and shooting (25% 3PA) numbers.

8. Miami Heat (13-8)
Last week — Beat Washington, beat Detroit, won at Cleveland, beat Atlanta
The fan says LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh have found their rhythm, seeing as they’ve won four in a row by an average of 19 points a night. The critic says those W’s were against the Little Sisters of the Poor and a Hawks team missing its best player.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-7)
Last week — Beat New Orleans, won at New Jersey, lost at Toronto, beat Golden State
Russell Westbrook puts up crazy numbers when Kevin Durant is out, but let’s settle down on debating whether he’s more valuable to the team than KD. When Westbrook has to be The Man, OKC’s offense becomes too reliant on one person.

6. Los Angeles Lakers (14-6)
Last week — Lost at Memphis, lost at Houston, beat Sacramento
Fourth place in the West? Only one game ahead of the Heat? Where are the panic-button pressers and rumors of Phil Jackson getting fired?

5. Utah Jazz (15-6)
Last week — Beat Milwaukee, beat Indiana, lost to Dallas
The Mavs rolled into town and snapped Utah’s seven-game win streak, and Deron Williams’ five-game streak of scoring at least 20 points.

4. Orlando Magic (15-5)
Last week — Beat Detroit, won at Chicago, won at Detroit, lost at Milwaukee
A rampant stomach virus swept through the team and put Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus out of action. Marcin Gortat didn’t get sick, but he made Stan Van Gundy want to puke with his defense against Andrew Bogut (31 pts, 18 rebs) on Saturday.

3. Boston Celtics (16-4)
Last week — Beat Cleveland, beat Portland, beat Chicago, won at New Jersey
Don’t forget, Kevin Garnett once led the NBA in rebounding four years in a row. He’s pulled down double-digit boards in four of his last five games and is averaging 9.6 for the season.

2. San Antonio Spurs (17-3)
Last week — Won at Golden State, lost at L.A. Clippers, beat Minnesota, beat New Orleans
Imagine how much better they’ll be when Tiago Splitter comes over from Brazil and joins the team.

1. Dallas Mavericks (16-4)
Last week — Beat Houston, beat Minnesota, won at Utah, won at Sacramento
Defense and Dirk. While Nowitzki (24.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg) puts together another MVP-caliber season, the Mavs are shutting down some potent offenses and getting critical stops in crunch time. They’ve won nine in a row.

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  • NYK

    the way NOH played they deserves to be lower.

    Losing to Knicks at home and then get obliterated by the Spurs?

    I’m surprised Chris Paul isn’t asking David Stern to trade him now.

  • http://www.remixcomic.com Nodizzel

    “Imagine how much better they’ll be when Tiago Splitter comes over from Brazil and joins the team.” Your kidding right? Dude is already with the team so I’ll take it on good faith that was just a joke. Just you guys putting Dallas in front of San Antonio, just a bad joke.

  • bopek

    tiago splitter is already part of the spurs.

  • Rafa23

    haha, of course it was a joke, are you really this dense? doesn’t get more obvious than that.
    and lol@ San Antonio being in front of Dallas.

  • http://www.mmajunkie.com rangerjohn

    wow apparently dimes sarcasm was lost on these guys.

    splitter IS with the spurs BUT he has seen so few minutes it is like he is not even here yet, so yes when splitter arrives from Brazil think about how much better the spurs will be.

  • Davmat
  • the truth

    ^^^ are u all serious? lol

  • Stunnaboy2K11

    It was a joke about Splitter but admit you all where expecting him to come in dropping some crazy numbers with the Rubio level hype he was receiving.

    Speaking of which isn’t next year the season Rubio comes to the NBA? What are the chances I say 30/70.

  • Chaos

    smh….good sarcasm was wasted on these guys

  • NYK

    i dumped splitter on my fantasy team after he logged a total of 5 minutes in 5 first games.

  • http://www.remixcomic.com Nodizzel

    I learned along time ago never assume someone intent because you come out looking like an ass so like I said in my original post “so I’ll take it on good faith that was just a joke”.

    @Rafa23: Why shouldn’t the Spurs be in front of Dallas?

  • Rafa23

    because dallas has played the best basketball in the last few weeks with wins @ OKC, @ Denver, @ Utah and also @ San Antonio. Having won 9 in a row is a clear number 1, and not only for dime.

  • hahaha

    some people need to check their sarcasm detectors

  • JAX

    Notice there isn’t any panic from LakerNation…whatever issues that the Heat (or any other team, for that matter) are going through, is normal routine for Mamba and the boyz.

  • Lee

    Is Dirk MVP of the season so far ??

  • Rummmd

    What a farce – not knowing that Tiago Splitter had joined the Spurs???????

    Figures, he is not gangster enough for Dime.

  • top_gun

    I know Splitter is from Brazil, but he’s been playing in Europe for years. So the sarcastic joke is still a fail

  • QQ

    There was a time where sarcasm was the only thing you find in internet forums… Now there are cat’s who CAN’T even detect sarcasm.

    Would agree with Dime on Splitter. He’s been getting the ‘player that will make the Spurs contenders again’. Well, they are contenders again, and NOT because of him. Hell, DeJuan Blair in his first year in the Spurs would destroy this kid right now.

  • QQ

    And just read the Nugget line, is it just me or is that’s Dime polite way of saying ‘ship Melo’s ass off Denver’?

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Rudy Gay > Joe Johnson?

    I wouldn’t say that Jason Richardson is an X-Factor – I’d say he’s one of the reasons the Suns are as good as they are. Robin Lopez would be more like the X Factor.

    Ok, so when KD is out, the offense relies too much on person. So when Westbrook is out, does KD share the ball a lot and no one is noticing?

    Dallas has definitely played like the best team in the League so far. As a fan, I hope that they can keep it up through the playoffs (quoth dag, in December, 5 months out, haha).