The Celtics climbed a spot to No. 3 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA power rankings and are the top-ranked Eastern Conference team (sitting behind only San Antonio and Dallas in the latest rankings).
Writes curator Marc Stein: "Delonte's injury is an undeniable blow, but Rondo's return puts our focus back on dimeage, with RR (14.2 apg) attempting to join John Stockton as the only other player in history to average 14 dimes for an entire season."
After weeks tucked beneath the radar in John Hollinger's computer rankings, the Celtics have shimmied all the way to No. 2 (behind San Antonio, but comfortably ahead of a Dallas team that beat the Green this month). Boston's improved scoring margin in recent wins is helping it make up ground after a number of nail-biters to start the season.