Power Rankings: Blazers streaking
Monday, Nov. 25
The NBA, on this gloomy Monday, is in need of a feel-good story.
So we're going to do as much as we can.
The swift announcement Monday morning that Derrick Rose is indeed out for the season after another major knee injury, even if you were expecting Rose's surgery to produce such a dire diagnosis, hit the league hard. And seeing the Memphis Grizzlies lose Marc Gasol indefinitely to a knee injury of his own certainly didn't help, even though Gasol's will not require surgery.
The resulting hunt for something (anything) resembling a pick-me-up could take us only to Portland, where the Blazers have extended their improbable winning streak to a whopping 10 games, with three of the victories in a 4-0 week coming on the road.
The defending champs from Miami did nothing terribly wrong in the past seven days besides flirting Saturday night with a home loss to Orlando ... but your NBA Power Rankings committee (of one), in the circumstances, couldn't resist. The Blazers have been bumped up four spots to No. 3 in this week's most significant move in the top 10 -- one spot ahead of No. 4 Miami. This is partly a reward for giving us at least one upbeat headline to stack up against all the bad injury news, and also a result of the rampantly bad basketball coming from two-thirds of the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies and Bulls have tumbled to No. 14 and No. 18, respectively, as a result of their huge personnel losses.
The latest rankings, as always, were compiled by the committee with the ever-helpful dishing that comes from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. You can click here to rank the teams yourself until we return next Monday with a fresh 1-to-30 pulse take of the league.