|Posted by Matt Rury on February 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM|
The Truth Rankings are back!
I had taken a hiatus for multiple reasons, including lack of time and more importantly - the 10 in 10 on the Celtics Late Night Show on http://northstationsports.com. Unfortunately, technical difficulties have prevented us from giving that to you for the past two weeks, so I've decided to bring my rankings back to Gino's Jungle!
10. Portland Trailblazers (28-21) - The Glass Menagerie out in Oregon continues to fight but they have slipped up a bit recently. You can't fault them because they've endured some tough opponents in the past week. New Orleans, Utah and Houston all pulled out victories but Portland beat Dallas to keep them in the top ten.
9. San Antonio Spurs (27-19) - The Spurs are one of the most confusing teams in the entire league this year. I never know who is going to show up. Beating Atlana is pretty impressive. Losing to Chicago is not. The rest of the Spurs games recently have gone as expected and they are still worthy of number nine.
8. Boston Celtics (29-16) - I could go on a rant but I'll keep it short. The Celtics are clearly struggling. Toronto is hot on their tail in the division. Luckily as I write this, the C's are closing out the Wizards on the road to keep Celtic nation semi-sane for one more night. They need more than a W in Washington to move them closer to the top.
7. Dallas Mavericks (30-17) - Any Mavs fans that read my rankings must feel like they are on a roller coaster on the opposite track of the Orlando Magic. I've moved the Mavs up and down fairly often and it never seems to be related to their play, but rather the teams around them. The same holds true here as Dallas seems to be in a holding pattern for the past couple of weeks.
6. Utah Jazz (28-18) - They don't have the best record on this list but they do have the second longest active winning streak at the moment (five). Wins over Phoenix and Portland after beating Dallas, Cleveland and San Antonio last week have vaulted the Jazz past their Western Conference rivals in Texas.
5. Atlanta Hawks (30-16) - Atlanta has stayed the course as the #3 team in the east for the past couple of weeks. Winning a game in Houston that I thought they would lose went a long way to keeping them in the top five...not to mention the brooms they used on the Celtics on Friday.
4. Orlando Magic (32-16) - Important wins over Boston and Atlanta proved that the Magic are still the number one contenders in the East. February should bring a better idea of how much of a contender they really are as they will see King James twice this month as well as making the trip to Boston on Sunday afternoon.
3. Denver Nuggets (32-15) - Is anyone talking about the Nuggets? Are they so high up in the mountains that people don't realize how good this team is? At 9-1 in their last ten, Carmelo and Mr. Big Shot have this team rolling along with few bumps in the road.
2. Los Angeles Lakers (37-11) - The Lakers wrap up their eight game road trip in Memphis tonight but yesterday's game against the Celtics was the victory that guaranteed the Lakers a +.500 record on the trip. They have won four straight and yesterday Kobe proved once again that he is the best closer in the game.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (38-11) - Cleveland has certainly quieted the critics, playing championship caliber basketball for the past six weeks. Now they've won eight in a row and show no signs of slowing down. Will they be able to sustain this throughout a playoff run?
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