Power Rankings: Lakers, Celts open season 1-2
Movement has been minimal this month in the NBA Power Rankings with a relatively quiet October. But that's about to change.
The games start counting this week, which means we will be here every Monday for the next 24 weeks to track the ups and downs as we have for the past seven seasons.
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The defending champs, as always, start out at No. 1 in our weekly, fully nonautomated pulse check of the league's 30 teams. Boston has moved up to No. 2 ahead of Orlando since the training camp edition of the rankings was published Sept. 25 -- to acknowledge Rashard Lewis' forthcoming 10-game suspension -- and most of the other notable changes (Denver from No. 6 to No. 8, Phoenix from No. 10 to No. 12, Washington from No. 15 to No. 17 and Minnesota from No. 27 to No. 29) are either suspension- or injury-related (J.R. Smith, Robin Lopez, Antawn Jamison and Kevin Love, respectively).
Editor's note: "Last Week" category refers to the Sept. 25 edition; all records are from the 2008-09 regular season.