Lakers Nation Power Rankings Week Two

Lakers Nation Power Rankings Week Two

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin slam dunks agaist the San Antonio Spurs during their pre-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

29. (+0) Los Angeles Clippers are 3-15 and have lost two games since the last power rankings. The team continues to lose and Blake Griffin continues to shine with spectacular highlights. The Clippers will have another chance at getting the first pick in next year’s draft with all the losses they are piling up.

28. (+0) Philadelphia 76ers are 4-13 and have lost three of their last four games. When Doug Collins accepted the head coach position he knew the job was not going to be easy. Elton Brand’s 16 points and 7 rebounds plus Andre Iguodala’s 15 points a game are not good enough to keep the team winning consistently.

27. (-4) Minnesota Timberwolves are 4-13 and have lost three straight games. Kevin Love’s 19 points and 15 rebounds and Michael Beasley’s 21 points per game are not enough to keep up with poor team defense. The Timberwolves are giving up 110 points per game. One of their many point guards, Jonny Flynn continues to recover from hip surgery. On the other hand, the Timberwolves are leading the league in rebounds.

26. (-7) Sacramento Kings are 4-11 and have lost their last three games. They lost to the worst team in the league on Thanksgiving Day, making the Clippers look like a great team. Like the Nets, the Kings are struggling from offense as they are only reaching 94 points a game and allowing 100 points scored.

25. (+3) Toronto Raptors are 6-11 and moved up two spots because two teams had a bad week. The Raptors are still struggling without Chris Bosh and the team does not have a go-to-player who they can rely on in the clutch.

24. (+2) Houston Rockets are 5-11 and have continued to struggle without the services of Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming. The team is relying heavily on Kevin Martin’s 23 points and Luis Scola’s 22 points and 10 rebounds per game.

23. (-2) New Jersey Nets are 6-11 and have lost two of their last four games this past week. This is one of many young teams in the league, and Brook Lopez’s 18 points and Devin Harris’ 17 points a game are not enough for the Nets to reach the century mark, as the team is only averaging 93 points a game.

22. (+3) Washington Wizards are 5-10 and are a below average team that can compete on a high level but are missing a dominant post presence. The team is averaging 98 points a game but they are giving up 105 points to their opponents. John Wall is making a case for Rookie-of-the-Year with his 18 points and 9 rebounds per game.

21. (-4) Cleveland Cavaliers are 7-9 and are struggling to find their identity without LeBron James. They are led by Mo Williams’ 15 points per game but are only scoring 95 points and allowing 100 points scored on them.

20. (+4) Detroit Pistons are 6-11 and I am not sure how they moved four spots up. The teams is giving up 100 points per game and only putting up 95 points for themselves but are led by Rodney Stuckey’s 16 points per game.

19. (+3) Charlotte Bobcats are 6-11 and are led by Stephen Jackson’s 19 points per game. The team has had bad losses like the 99-95 loss to the New York Knicks last week. The team is struggling on offense with 96 points per game and on defense by giving up 97 points per game.

18. (-2) Milwaukee Bucks are 6-10 and have not lived up to the team who was supposed to compete with the Chicago Bulls for the Central Division. The Bucks are struggling heavily on offense, putting up only 90 points per game. The team is allowing 91 points per game.

17. (-3) Golden State Warriors are 8-9 and thus far the team is not outscoring its opponents. The team is led by Monta Ellis’ 25 points and Stephen Curry’s 20 points per game. The team is averaging 101 points a game but are allowing 106 points scored by their opponents.

16. (+2) Memphis Grizzlies are 7-10 and are slightly better than the Warriors. This team is averaging the same amount of points as the Warriors but this team is only giving up 102 points. The Grizzles are led by Rudy Gay’s 22 points per game.

15. (-2) Phoenix Suns are 8-9 and have had a tough time playing without Amare Stoudemire. The Suns are relying heavily upon Jason Richardson’s 19 points and Steve Nash’s 19 points and 10 assist per game to keep the team in the playoff picture.

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