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2) Cleveland Cavaliers
3) Atlanta Hawks
4) Denver Nuggets
5) Portland Trail Blazers
2) Los Angeles Lakers
3) Detroit Pistons
4) Washington Wizards
5-tied) Golden State Warriors
5-tied) Philadelphia 76ers
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Here are my current NBA power rankings!
1. Los Angeles Lakers, 10-1 (1): Remain in the first place with its best record despite its horrible embarrassment to the bragging “Bad Boys II” Detroit Pistons. It was NO excuse for the Lakers to lose that game to the underdog Pistons at home. Supposed to go up to 8-0 but fell to 7-1. See you in Detroit on March 26, and the Lakers will win in revenge, pulling the season series at 1-1 period! No exceptions!
2. Boston Celtics, 12-2 (6): Only two losses to the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets. The Pacers did the excellent job to hold the defending NBA champion to only 79 points, handing them its first loss.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 9-3 (11): LeBron James and Mo Williams are the Cavaliers’ best duo to help the team to exceed their expectations. They are one of the biggest threats to upset the Celtics in the potential Eastern Conference Finals. Yes, they are favored to clinch its Central title this season, and watch out of them!
4. Orlando Magic, 9-3 (10): The Magic embarrassingly started with a 0-2 hole after losing to the underdogs, Atlanta Hawks and lowly Memphis Grizzlies. Surprisingly, they have won the 5 straight games. Don’t get surprised that they have now edges over their No. 1 hateful rival, now-weaker Detroit Pistons, by at least 8 points!
5. Utah Jazz, 8-5 (5): The Jazz have played well despite having Deron Williams sidelined with a sprained ankle most of the times. They continue with their road woes. They have lost the last 19 games in San Antonio, dated back to February 1999.
6. Denver Nuggets, 8-5 (17): Wow, a great sky rocket from No. 17 to No. 6! The Nuggets are 7-2 with Chauncey Billups since the blockbuster trade. Huge advantage for the Nuggets with their true veteran leader! Not to mention, it was Nuggets’ greatest win over the Celtics at Boston!
8. Phoenix Suns, 8-5 (8): The Suns impressively outplayed the newly Detroit Pistons featuring Allen Iverson, but they were outplayed and defeated by the Lakers at home. Notably, Shaquille O’Neal finished with just one rebound versus the Utah Jazz, and it was his only second time in his NBA career.
9. Houston Rockets, 8-5 (4): They have played very good but a little disappointment that they did not meet my expectations. They have lost to the two best teams, Celtics at home and Lakers on the road. Also, not to mention, it shocked me that the Rockets lost a game to the injury-depleted Spurs by 2 points in San Antonio.
11. Detroit Pistons, 8-4 (2): My biggest disappointment about their stupid trade involving with the Nuggets but it was probably the best for the salary cap purposes only. Sadly, the Pistons don’t have their good veteran leader anymore since Chauncey Billups was sent to Denver for Allen Iverson in exchange. The A.I. and Co. team is 4-3 since the trade. Honestly, I really wish that the Lakers should outplay and rout the weaker Pistons, like the Celtics had done to the Pistons twice!
12. Atlanta Hawks, 8-4 (19): Shockingly, the Hawks went with a 5-0 start before the Celtics handed them its first loss. They have won the last two games after suffering with a four-game skid.
13. Toronto Raptors, 6-6 (14): Seemingly bad news for the Raptors, Jermaine O’Neal got re-injured in an overtime 129-127 loss to the New Jersey Nets at home last night. Hopefully, he won’t be sidelined too long like he did with the Pacers last year.
14. San Antonio Spurs, 6-6 (7): The Spurs went with a 1-4 start for the first time in 12 years, a season before Tim Duncan entered the NBA. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been sidelined with the major injuries and won’t return until at least December. Despite the injury-depletion, the Spurs rallied to reach 50% winning for the first time this season after beating the Utah Jazz last night.
15. Dallas Mavericks, 6-7 (9): The Mavericks finally won its first home game over the lowly Memphis Grizzlies after losing to the four playoff contenders (Rockets, Cavaliers, Lakers and Magic). They have won the four straight games since the last loss to Orlando.
17. Philadelphia 76ers, 6-6 (13): The 76ers embarrassingly lost to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, but they rallied to win a 89-88 victory over Elton Brand’s former team, Los Angeles Clippers, at home last night.
18. New York Knicks, 6-6 (24): Big surprises with a lot of improvement under new coach Mike D’Antoni. To clean up the salary caps, they made two deals yesterday: acquiring Al Harrington from Golden State for Jamal Crawford; sending Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.
19. Indiana Pacers, 5-6 (25): Most impressive in a big surprise, the Pacers became the first team to beat the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics 95-79, handing them its first loss. Excellent job, Pacers!
21. New Jersey Nets, 5-6 (27): Unbelievable, Vince Carter flushed the Raptors with his backward dunk to give the Nets an overtime 129-127 victory at the last second in Toronto.
24. Sacramento Kings, 5-9 (26): The Kings are 2-5 without Kevin Martin, who has been out with an ankle injury.
25. Charlotte Bobcats, 3-8 (30): The Bobcats embarrassingly defeated the two heavily favored teams, New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz.
26. Memphis Grizzlies, 4-8 (28): A big shock, the lowly Grizzlies defeated the heavily favored Orlando Magic with Rudy Gay’s 18-foot jumper at the last second.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves, 2-9 (23): After its first win over the Kings, the Timberwolves suffered with the 8-game skid before they finally beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Last night, Kevin Garnett led the Boston Celtics with 17 points in his first appearance in Minnesota against his former team, Timberwolves. At this time, the Celtics routed the Wolves 95-78, and the Wolves fell to 2-9.
28. Washington Wizards, 1-9 (18): It is so embarrassing to see this playoff contender that has started with a horrible 1-9 start. They have played without their 2 key players, Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, due to the major injuries.
29. Los Angeles Clippers, 2-10 (21): Not surprise to me, and they are just a well-known losing team. The Clippers acquired Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins from the New York Knicks for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.
30. Oklahoma City Thunder, 1-12 (30): The Thunder team sounds like an expansion team, although they actually moved from Seattle, where they spent 41 years as an NBA franchise, in the offseason. Following a 105-80 loss to the New Orleans Hornets at home and falling to the NBA-worst 1-12 record, the Thunder fired head coach P.J. Carlesimo and named Scott Brooks interim coach.
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Posted on: November 19, 2008 8:44 pm
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On the same night on Friday, 14 Nov 2008, something unexpectedly happened to the last season’s NBA Finals that featured the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, top seeds from the Eastern and Western Conferences meeting for the first time in 8 years. (To clarify any confusion, the Lakers and Indiana Pacers were the last top seeds from both conferences meeting in the 2000 NBA Finals.) Both favored teams hosted the games against the visiting and underdog teams, which were involved in the most recent blockbuster trade. The Detroit Pistons acquired Allen Iverson from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb on Monday, November 3.
The Celtics played against the Nuggets at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Lakers later played against the Pistons at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Here are the odd and unbelievable results:
What! I thought that both Celtics and Lakers were supposed to win the games at home, but I got wrong! Argh! I could not believe that both teams from the last season’s NBA Finals were swept by the newly Nuggets and Pistons.
Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets
On the other hand, I was so glad that the Nuggets won that game over my No. 1 hateful NBA team! Great win for the Nuggets! The Celtics will visit the Nuggets in Denver on February 23, 2009, only one day after a game against the Phoenix Suns. It is possible that the Nuggets may sweep the Celtics in the two-game season series, so don’t get surprised. Who knows?
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons
Somehow, I gasped in shock at seeing the Pistons outplaying and humiliating the Lakers in the first 3 quarters of the game in front of the disgusting and hostile crowd of the Lakers spectators. What! It was so nuts! With the Pistons 77-62 lead in the late third quarter, I became so mad and immediately turned my TV off! I could not stand seeing my hometown team losing to the underdog Pistons. Later, the Pistons won that game by 11 points (106-95) and handed the Lakers its first loss, falling to 7-1. That game was totally so embarrassing and nonsense! This game reminded me of the 2004 NBA Finals, which the underdog Pistons killed and almost swept the heavily favored Lakers 4-1 into the horrible embarrassment. That is a main reason why the Pistons have always been my No. 2 hateful NBA team behind the Celtics.
On March 26, 2009, the Lakers will meet the newly “Bad Boys II” Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. I expect the Lakers to avenge their embarrassingly nonsense loss to the Pistons in the next game! Lakers 112, Pistons 92! The season series should get tied at 1-1! Good fair!
Current Results since Trade
As of 18 Nov 2008, the Nuggets are 6-1 with Billups and Pistons are 3-3 with Iverson. I know that it’s a little too early for now, it seems that I am right about them! I can see that Billups is a winner with one NBA championship ring. Also, he is a true veteran leader for the entire team. I understand that there are millions of fans who are fond of A.I., but I hate to say something realistic about him. Unlike Billups, A.I. is very selfish player, sometimes has bad tempers in the games and has never been a true team leader in his entire 13-year NBA career. He always tends to do all things by himself such as making too much layups to score. That is why A.I. is a great scorer but he still cannot win any ‘championship’ game.
Don’t get surprised that the Pistons will lose in either first or second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It’s possible that the Nuggets may win at least first-round playoff series. I really don’t see that the Pistons will become one of the East’s top 3 anymore since the Billups-Iverson trade. At this point, I lean toward the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic for the East’s top 3 as they are the bigger threats as the championship calibers than the now-weaker Pistons.
As of 19 Nov 2008, here are my top 4 teams in each conference:
My current top 5 teams follow:
At the end of the regular season, my projected top 5 contenders follow:
Eastern Conference Finals: No. 1 Celtics and No. 2 Cavaliers
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