Hit List / Dec 20, 2010 / 2:15 pm

Dime NBA Power Ranking: LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh move into Top 3

10. New York Knicks (16-12)
Last week — Lost to Boston, lost to Miami, lost at Cleveland
Their three-game collapse wasn’t as swift as the Giants’ crumpling against the Eagles, but just as demoralizing.

9. Denver Nuggets (16-10)
Last week — Beat Orlando, lost to San Antonio, beat Minnesota
They’re still trying to wash Gary Neal’s facial hair out of J.R. Smith’s shorts.

8. Chicago Bulls (16-9)
Last week — Beat Indiana, won at Toronto, lost to L.A. Clippers
Derrick Rose missed a free throw with 0.8 on the clock that cost the Bulls a chance to extend their win streak to eight. With the Sixers (twice), Wizards, Knicks, Pistons, Bucks, Nets (twice), Cavs and Raptors coming up, though, they can realistically run off another long string of W’s.

7. Utah Jazz (19-9)
Last week — Beat Golden State, lost at New Orleans, won at Milwaukee
Just when you were getting used to seeing Francisco Elson on the court in crunch time, Mehmet Okur returns to the lineup.

6. Oklahoma City Thunder (19-9)
Last week — Beat Houston, beat Sacramento, lost to Phoenix
After a 1-for-6 shooting effort behind the three-point line in the loss to Phoenix, Kevin Durant is hitting just 29% of his threes this season. And he’s still leading the League in scoring.

5. Los Angeles Lakers (21-7)
Last week — Won at Washington, won at Indiana, won at Philadelphia, won at Toronto
Before the big Christmas Day game against Miami, Andrew Bynum gets his toughest test yet when he faces Andrew Bogut this week.

4. Dallas Mavericks (21-5)
Last week — Lost to Milwaukee, beat Portland, beat Phoenix
Brutal week ahead with Miami, Orlando and Oklahoma City, all on the road.

3. Miami Heat (21-8)
Last week — Beat New Orleans, beat Cleveland, won at New York, won at Washington
Notice how less and less people are dumping on Chris Bosh now? He’s averaging 18.5 points and 8.9 boards in Miami’s undefeated December, and he saved them against the Wizards with his shooting and defense.

2. Boston Celtics (22-4)
Last week — Won at New York, beat Atlanta, beat Indiana
The injuries keep piling up, yet the Celtics keep finding ways to win. The streak is at 13 in a row now, without Rondo, Perkins, J.O. and Delonte in the lineup.

1. San Antonio Spurs (23-3)
Last week — Beat Milwaukee, won at Denver, beat Memphis
After the Pistons beat the Hornets on Sunday, one of Detroit’s announcers yelled, “Too many heroes to count!” as the team walked off the floor. That’s what it’s like for the Spurs right now. There’s no telling who will step up and be the difference-maker, whether it’s Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Richard Jefferson, George Hill, Matt Bonner…

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  • lee

    I’ve said it before, Cleveland needs a team called the fluffers !!

  • JA

    “It seems like Brandon Jennings is sophomore-slumping, but he’s actually shooting 20 percentage points higher from the field than his rookie year and scoring more.”

    Jennings is only shooting 2% higher than last year

  • Duke

    Don’t the Heats this season remind you of the Wizard of Oz?
    Lebron needs a Brain
    Bosh needs Heart
    Wade needs Courage.
    And they’re all in Miami because Riley plays the role of the Wizard who they think can help them.

  • karizmatic

    You’re right about Charlotte, Jordan would likely hire another Tarheel to replace Brown and it would likely be someone like Dougherty…ughhh.

    Orlando is putting both Richardson and Arenas on the bench? Interesting…

    They keep trying to make Rashard Lewis a 4 because he’s not fast enough anymore to guard any 3’s. He should be on the bench.

    You must just like to get a rise out of people because putting Miami over the Lakers and Dallas is a joke.

  • capnkimo

    @Duke – …

  • Sporty-j

    I cant wait until BOSH shows PAUL GASOL who the BEST PF in the league is now…

  • Scuba Chicken

    @ Sporty-j
    How will Bosh show Gasol that Dirk is the BEST PF in the league?
    Highlights?
    Standings?

  • Scuba Chicken

    @ Sporty-j
    How will Bosh show Gasol that Dirk is the BEST PF in the league?
    Highlights?
    Standings?
    Stats?

  • egypt

    Dirk can show Wade how to lose a championship again…

  • Alex “Robocop” Murphy

    Statistically it is a toss up between K-Love and Dirk Diggler for best PF.

    Note that Gasol has been playing center for the first 7 weeks of the season.

  • hakasan

    bosh will hand gasol a tim duncan basketball card :)

    by the way, i’m pretty sure lebron lacks brain, heart and courage… bosh lakes heart and courage… wade lacked a good team to win for too long so he settled for lebron and bosh…

  • Sporty-j

    Wade COURAGE??? USA needs to be thanking WADE for there GOLD MEDAL in 2008 and putting the WORLD back in its place and showing them. WHOS THE BEST IN BASKETBALL!!! Must be a MAVERICK FAN…

  • cesar

    why wade lacks courage?

  • danocasa

    Sorry Sporty J but you need to watch that Gold Medal game again. I believe it was Kobe who took over when everyone else was too worried about stepping on each others’ toes for crunch time shots.
    And the best in basketball? Please. First, there (their, they’re) is no reason to shout. Second, is it any wonder why everyone says that, yeah, the Heat are rolling, but they will still need to get through Boston, and either LA or San Antonio? LA just had its first four game skid in three years, and no one said anything, because everyone knows that for proven teams like Boston, LA, and San Antonio, the only thing that matters is the playoffs.
    So have fun with your 60-65 win season, and another LBJ second-round exit.

    /checks Bosh’s career stats in meaningful playoff games
    //still checking…

  • Sporty-j

    What game were you watching in 2008 HOMIE??? Kobe stepped up when everybody was scared? You might need to go watch that whole game again. Kobe was in FOUL trouble along with Lebron. Kobe made 1 big shot at the end for a 3 where he got fouled for that 4 point play and put his finger over his mouth to “HUSH” the crowd. And thats the only “CLUTCH” shot he made that i can remember. Laker and Kobe fans will tell you that Wade was clearly the best player on the team THAT YEAR. Wade made CLUTCH shot after CLUTCH for team USA and kept them in the GAME. Its on “YOUTUBE” and go check the STATS of that CHAMPIONSHIP GAME and throughout the olympics and “KEEP IT REAL” next time HOMIE. All i ask for you guys on DIMES to do is keep it real, dont let the world tell you that Brandon Knight or Barnes are the best players in the upcoming draft when Mr. Irving clearly is. Stop having AGENDAS like the “POISONOUS” media have with Lebron and give a MAN the credit he DESERVES. Playoffs is where its at and Wade will show you guys what he can do with a good TEAM around “HIM”…

  • hakasan

    wait, are we talking about the nba or international play now? last i checked, jkidd is the most accomplished international player active in the nba today…

  • Claw

    @duke – that is some good sh*t, The Wizard of South Beach!

    I like how Austin has the Heat above the Mavs and Lakers, teams that will both beat down the Heat this week, nicely done. How is NY even in the top 10, seriously?

  • Ian

    Hakasan
    That be manu not kidd