Monday, January 30, 2012
Power rankings: Sweet 16
By Chris Forsberg
Not even a late-week stumble against the Cavs could stop the Celtics from vaulting four spots to No. 16 in this week's ESPN.com NBA power rankings. From curator Marc Stein: "Last Monday, Doc Rivers' Celts were three games under .500 ... with half of their six wins coming against Washington. Since then, Doc has reminded everyone why he's a $7 million-a-year coach, stirring his injury-ravaged Celts to a season-salvaging week, even if the finish against Kyrie's Cavs didn't quite work out."
The Celtics have also climbed to No. 16 in John Hollinger's computerized power rankings and their odds of making the playoffs have jumped to 73.8 after last week's success.