January 9 Power Rankings: Trail Blazers Soar Out West
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/09/2012 2:02 PM

    Here's the weekly rundown of NBA Power Rankings. If you found one that's not listed, please add it!



    Marc Stein - ESPN. com
    Rank: No. 5


    John Schuhmann - NBA.com
    Rank: No. 3


    David Aldridge - NBA.com
    Rank: No. 4
     Blazers unbeaten (5-0) at home, winning by an average of 13 in the Rose Garden.
    Sean Sweeney - DIME Magazine
    Rank: No. 3
     The Blazers are quickly becoming my favorite team in the league. So many athletes. So much versatility. Their big win over the Lakers at the end of last week played out exactly like I knew it would. Portland is just too balanced and athletic for nearly everyone else in the league. They even have a budding superstar who’s completely underrated in LaMarcus Aldridge. Actually, he might be my pick for breakout star this year. Basketball heads know he can play. The rest of the country doesn’t. They’ll find out this year when Portland goes deep in the playoffs.
    Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
    Rank: No. 3
     OK, so the Blazers beat the Lakers again at home, Kobe Bryant's 24th defeat in Portland in 30 games.
    Complex
    Rank: No. 5
     The good news is that the Blazers are 6-2, having beaten both the Thunder and the Lakers. The bad news is that their one loss this week was a blowout at the hands of the lowly Phoenix Suns, who inexplicably recaptured some of that old D'Antoni magic. Even with that loss, however, they're holding opponents to 95 points per game, and thriving with LaMarcus Aldridge as their leading scorer. Who knew? —Russ Bengtson
    Kurt Helin - ProBasketballTalk
    Rank: No. 3
     Best team in the West so far. Beat the Thunder and Lakers, but then looked tired against the Suns (we’ve chosen to ignore that game, good teams are having ugly losses do to the schedule this year). Interesting game against the Clippers Tuesday in a matchup of the West’s new guard.
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  1. blazerdarren77
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    Posted 01/09/2012 5:34 PM

    If Marc Stein were smart, he'd have the Blazers over Denver (ranked 4) given the fact that they beat the Nuggets already.
    I am a fan of THE ROSE GARDEN FOREVER!!!
  1. freddead
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    Posted 01/09/2012 7:21 PM

    if marc stien was smart he wouldnt have moved up the hawks they looked terrible in that game against miami's bench yet he moved them up 6 spots
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  1. Marks503
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    Posted 01/10/2012 5:25 AM

    Hopefully we can keep it going! 
    I am a fan of raising the O'Brien trophy in Rip City!
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posts: 530

    Posted 01/10/2012 7:34 AM

    Top 5 sounds good but I wish we were not ranked so high. I think it puts a big target on our backs. Hope we can sustain the momentum. ROLL ON BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 01/10/2012 11:20 AM

    I don't know about the target thing,these power rankings are a weekly thing,no one takes them that serious
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