TENseltown: NBA Power Rankings (Jan. 6)

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Team Analysis
1 Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers are the hottest team in the league, and, no, that’s not me being a homer either. The Lake Show is undefeated in 2009, has won 15 straight at home and six straight overall, and now has the NBA’s best record. All of this despite two key injuries (Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton) and a starting line-up that’s been shifting a bit.
2 Cleveland Cavs I love the Cavs right now. They might have lost to the lowly Wiz, but I expect the LeBronites to represent the East in the Finals against our boys come this Summer.
3 Orlando Magic Howard the Dunk has turned his Magic into a legit threat out East. He gets extra credit for his hilarious Stan Van Gundy impersonation, too.
4 San Antonio Spurs
They’re hitting walk-offs like this was baseball. Remember the Alamo? The rest of the league is starting to.
5 Boston Celtics
I don’t care what Rajon Rondo says — the Cs are in a serious, serious slump. And guess who started it? That’s right!
6 Atlanta Hawks
Along with the Blazers, this is one of my favorite teams — besides our Lakers, of course — to watch. 10-2 in their last 12, and one of those Ls was to the Celts. These young ATLiens can ball.
7 New Orleans Hornets
I know that they’ve been underachievers thus far, but I just believe in CP3 and the boys. Well, that is unless they are playing our crew, like they are tonight.
8 Denver Nuggets
Melo’s injury hurts, but I still like the Billups-led Nuggs to make some noise out West. They’ve also been playing pretty damn well since the big trade.
9 Phoenix Suns
Shaq was a monster in December. I hate to say it, because we all know I’m not a big fan of the Big Airhead-stotle, but I’m not gonna lie to kick it here. He’s playing some great hoop.
10 Detroit Pistons
This team is ranked here mainly because what I think they are capable of (we all saw that earlier this season, the only time we lost at Staples). Plus, they’ve been picking it up a bit.
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