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2008-09 NBA Power Rankings (22 Nov 2008)

Here are my current NBA power rankings!
Note: The previous rank numbers are in the parenthesis after each team’s current record as of 21 Nov 2008.

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!

7. Portland Trail Blazers, 8-5 (12): A lot of improvement with the youth, including second-year veteran Greg Oden, who is technically a rookie after missing last season with a knee injury.

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.

10. New Orleans Hornets, 6-5 (3): Unbelievable, the Hornets embarrassingly lost to the underdogs, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings.

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.

16. Miami Heat, 6-6 (16): Improving with very healthy Dwyane Wade and Sharon Marion, but still struggling.

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!

20. Chicago Bulls, 6-7 (20): Ben Gordon (20 ppg) and rookie Derrick Rose (18.8 ppg) lead the Bulls in scoring.

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.

22. Golden State Warriors, 5-7 (15): The Warriors are still struggling while Monta Ellis is sidelined with an ankle injury.

23. Milwaukee Bucks, 6-8 (22): The Bucks have played without Michael Redd in the last 10 games.  They are 4-6 without Redd.

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: October 27, 2008 8:25 pm
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2008-09 NBA Power Rankings (27 Oct 2008)

You know, tomorrow is the opening day of the 2008-09 NBA regular season, so I rather post this second entry on my blog tonight instead of tomorrow night.  Here are my first NBA power rankings:

  1. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. Detroit Pistons
  3. New Orleans Hornets
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. Utah Jazz
  6. Boston Celtics
  7. San Antonio Spurs
  8. Phoenix Suns
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Orlando Magic
  11. Cleveland Cavaliers
  12. Portland Trail Blazers
  13. Philadelphia 76ers
  14. Toronto Raptors
  15. Golden State Warriors
  16. Miami Heat
  17. Denver Nuggets
  18. Washington Wizards
  19. Atlanta Hawks
  20. Chicago Bulls
  21. Los Angeles Clippers
  22. Milwaukee Bucks
  23. Minnesota Timberwolves
  24. New York Knicks
  25. Indiana Pacers
  26. Sacramento Kings
  27. New Jersey Nets
  28. Memphis Grizzlies
  29. Oklahoma City Thunder
  30. Charlotte Bobcats

I know many of you believing that the Boston Celtics should be No. 1 because they are the defending NBA champions.  Sorry, I strongly disagree for many reasons.  In my belief, the Celtics had cheated all opponents and tended to humiliate them into the horrible embarrassments with too much blowouts.  They had always cheated them at the defensive end, leading them to the league’s nonsense 66-16 record - 42 more wins rocketing from 2006-07’s 24-58 record!  It was totally ridiculous!  (LOL)  Well, the disrespectful Celtics, especially their arrogant Big 3 (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen), are obviously overrated!  Of course, Boston’s Doc Rivers is the NBA’s most overrated coach as well!  In truth, I was so glad that the Orlando Magic made the right move by firing Rivers in the 2003-04 season after the Magic embarrassingly went 1-10 in the first 11 games and later finished the league’s worst 21-61 record.

Now, like many Celtics haters, I strictly hope that the Celtics will finish at least 10-15 fewer wins than last year’s nonsense record.  That is why I rather rank the baddest and all-time cheating KG-PP-RA and Co. team as No. 6 out of the 30 teams in the beginning of the NBA regular season.  The Celtics are LOSERS, period!

Sorry, it’s too bad if you don’t like or agree with my power rankings above.  No debate please, but only positive comments are welcome.  My next NBA power rankings will be posted sometime in the third week of November, about a week before Thanksgiving Day.

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Posted on: October 24, 2008 11:20 am
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2007-08 NBA Flashback

Did you know that.....


  • Washington Wizards were the only team that had defeated the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics at least 3 times in a single season.
  • The Wizards (3-1) and Orlando Magic (2-1) were the only two teams to win the season series against the league-best Celtics.
  • Denver Nuggets finally became the first West team to defeat the Celtics after the Celtics went 16-0 versus the Western Conference teams.
  • Utah Jazz were the only West team to defeat the Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.
  • The Nuggets, Jazz, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Hornets were the only 5 teams to defeat the Celtics, who finished the best 25-5 record versus the West teams.
  • Fourth-seeded 45-win Cleveland Cavaliers blew the top-seeded 66-win Celtics out by 24 points (108-84) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
  • Chicago Bulls (3-1) and Sacramento Kings (2-0) were surprisingly the only two losing (sub-50%) teams to win the season series against the 59-win Detroit Pistons.
  • Milwaukee Bucks, a non-playoff losing team with only 26 wins, surprisingly won the 3-1 season series against the playoff-qualified Cavaliers.
  • New York Knicks finished the worst 3-27 record and went winless 0-15 on the road versus the Western Conference teams.   All 3 wins were versus the Northwest Division teams (Jazz, Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves) at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • The Jazz, Suns and Houston Rockets were the only 3 winning (over-50%) teams that the league-worst 15-win Miami Heat defeated once apiece.
  • The Rockets set the NBA’s all-time second longest 22-game winning streak, surpassing the 1970-71 Bucks’ 20-game winning streak.
  • The Warriors handed the severely seven-player short-handed Heat its largest defeat of a dismal season (134-99) on March 7, 2008.
  • The Hornets finally clinched its first division championship in the 20-year-old franchise history.
  • The Western Conference became the first conference ever to feature all top eight 50-win teams bouncing to the playoffs in the NBA history.
  • The Nuggets became the first 50-win team ever to get swept in the first round playoff.
  • Atlanta Hawks were the only team remaining undefeated at home (3-0) in the 2008 NBA postseason.
  • The Celtics became the first 65-win team ever to fail a first-round sweep of a losing team with fewer than 40 wins (37-win Hawks) in the NBA playoff history.
  • The Celtics went winless on the road (0-6) in the first two playoff rounds en route to the championship.
  • The meanest Celtics embarrassingly humiliated the good Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals: 24-point collapse in Game 4 and 39-point blowout (131-92) in decisive Game 6.
  • The Celtics ended up playing in 26 playoff games, 2 games short of a full-length postseason of 28, breaking the old 25-game record of the 1994 New York Knicks by one game for the NBA’s record of most postseason games in a single season played by a single team.
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