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C's dip in power rankings

On the heels of back-to-back losses, the Celtics fell back to the pack in this week's ESPN.com NBA power rankings.

Boston, which vaulted to the top spot last week after winning eight of its first 10 games, dipped three spots to No. 4 this week (behind the Hornets, Spurs, and Lakers). Writes curator Marc Stein: "You saw the worst of the Celts in their past two games. They didn't have Rondo in Toronto, true, but they also played with a lack of focus and respect, first against Durant-less OKC and then in the Canadian matinee."

After making strides in John Hollinger's computer rankings, the Celtics crawled back two spots to No. 4 through Sunday's action. Boston's scoring margin remains low (though aided by a blowout win over Washington) and the team is getting help from being in the top 10 in the league in strength of schedule.