Power Rankings: Look out below!
After a couple weeks on the rise in the ESPN.com NBA Power Rankings, climbing back to the Top 10 last week, the Boston Celtics came crashing down again this week on the heels of losing five of their last six games overall.
Boston plummets eight spots to No. 18, falling into the bottom half of the league with its recent struggles. Writes curator Marc Stein: "Nobody got sucked into the Beware Boston talk more than me because of the Celts' still-reliable D, but now I can only echo this late-night tweet from radio play-by-play man Sean Grande after the second loss to Detroit in the space of five days: "It's hard to look on the bright side ... when you can't see one."
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