C's slide to No. 3 in power rankings

November, 1, 2010
11/01/10
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Cue the outrage: The Celtics were leapfrogged by the Heat -- a team they beat on opening night -- in the latest edition of ESPN's NBA Power Rankings. Curator Marc Stein writes, "Miami, meanwhile, has nudged past Boston into the No. 2 slot, despite what happened on opening night on the Celtics' floor, because the Heat have been so impressive in their three games since … including Friday's dismantling of visiting Orlando." While most NBA observers will be hard-pressed to argue, it should spark the usual disbelief among some. Those that complain should remember the Celtics lost to the No. 22-ranked Cavaliers.

On the Celtics, Stein writes: "I'm always whining to any coach, GM or scout who puts up with it that PGs today don't know how to pass. So I won't dwell on the L in Cleveland because I want to keep the focus fully on Rondo's glorious dimeage."

Click HERE to read the full rankings.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
18.4 2.0 1.2 35.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.4
AssistsR. Rondo 10.7
StealsR. Rondo 1.7
BlocksJ. Sullinger 0.9