Power Rankings: Celtics claim top spot

Updated: December 16, 2009, 9:13 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Dec. 14
Week:
 
Team:

What do you get when add up a seven-game road winning streak for the Boston Celtics and the double whammy of a bad start to the Los Angeles Lakers' first extended road trip of the season combined with Kobe Bryant's broken finger?

 ESPN.com Senior Writer Marc Stein
Follow ESPN's NBA coverage on Twitter
Follow Marc Stein on Twitter
Read Marc at TrueHoop
Read Marc at ESPN.com
E-mail Marc

A new No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

The Celtics have nudged past the Lakers with a 10-game winning streak, ending L.A.'s three-week stay in the top slot. Other prominent upward movers include Utah (rising from No. 10 to a season-high No. 7) and three midrange teams: Detroit (No. 20 to No. 15), Memphis (No. 21 to No. 16) and the long-suffering New York Knicks (No. 23 to No. 18).

Click here to rank the teams yourself, or click here to comment on these rankings.