Gabe Pruitt, 2009
After losing 3 of 4 games out west after the All-Star break, Marc Stein has dropped the Celtics down to #13 is his ESPN weekly NBA power rankings, three spots below their #10 position last week.
Despite clearly being back on the Laker bandwagon (LA is #11 with a 28-29 record), I am actually very impressed with Stein's faith in the C's. He still has Boston directly behind the Atlantic Division leading 33-20 Knicks at #12, and ahead of fellow conference rivals #14 Brooklyn (33-24), #15 Chicago (32-24), and #16 Atlanta (31-23). It's the second consecutive week that the Celtics (29-27) find themselves ranked above three teams they are trying to catch up to for playoff seeding in the East.
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