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Monday, December 9, 2013
Power Rankings: C's vault to No. 17

By ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Celtics vaulted a whopping 10 spots to a season-best 17th in this week's ESPN.com NBA Power Rankings. After a 3-0 week, Boston is now the sixth-ranked team in the Eastern Conference based on the latest poll.

Writes curator Marc Stein: "Only three of the league's nine rookie coaches start the new week with a winning record: Brian Shaw (12-8), Jeff Hornacek (11-9) and Mike Budenholzer (11-10). The raves for Brad Stevens are nonetheless steady and justified ... with the Celts at 6-4 since he named Jared Sullinger a starter."

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