NBA Power Rankings: Lakers, Cavs, and Magic Prove Cream Rises

November 23rd, 2009 by John Lorge Leave a reply »
Every week, we of the NBA season, we see more and more who the real contenders are and who the pretenders are.

No more jibber-jabber this week, let’s get to the Power Rankings.

1. Los Angeles Lakers (3)—With Pau back, who can stop LA?  Their next tough matchup is Phoenix on Dec. 6, then Cleveland on Christmas day. They should have a giant lead on the league by then.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (1)—Loss at our Nation's Capital showed this offense can get stale fast. Despite Mo Williams' poor shooting the team has looked good as a whole.
3. Orlando Magic (5)—Rashard Lewis' return is more important for this team than the loss of Jameer Nelson. It looks like Orlando is built to beat Boston—not the other way around.

4. Dallas Mavericks (7)—They win on the road, they win at home, and if Kobe begins to pull back on the throttle now that Gasol is back Dirk looks in-line to win the MVP.

5. Atlanta Hawks (2)—Seven game streak snapped by a Chris Paul-less Hornets?  Atlanta has plenty of time to rest before Thursday's game with Orlando, where they look to make a statement on national TV.

6. Phoenix Suns (4)—Als ...

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