Power Rankings: Mavs start second half on top

Updated: February 21, 2006, 10:43 PM ET
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By Marc Stein
ESPN.com

Back to the season we go with a new No. 1 ... and it's the first team all season to break up the Detroit-San Antonio duopoly at the top.

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Question is, do the Dallas Mavericks really want this ranking right now?

For two weeks running, my No. 1 team in the weekly NBA Power Rankings has lost the first game it played after the rankings were published. First, Detroit fell in Atlanta after I flirted with bumping the Pistons down to No. 2 for the first time in three months. San Antonio then lost in Cleveland -- and two nights later in Philadelphia -- after passing the Pistons last Monday. Now, it's the Mavs' turn to see whether their 19-3 efficiency since Jan. 1 can continue with the added pressure of living up to No. 1, starting Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Read on to see where your team ranks, and click here to send me feedback. You can also click here for my preview of the second half.