Marty Burns
Monday January 31st, 2005

NBA Power Rankings
RankLW Team
1617 Like the Celtics, they're quietly starting to show signs they will be a factor in the Atlantic. Case in point: Saturday's big win at Dallas -- without the services of Allen Iverson (shoulder strain).
1722 By George (Karl), we think they've got it! They won at Indiana for first time in 10 years on Saturday while improving to 2-0 under their new coach. Meanwhile, the upcoming schedule is favorable.
1813 They beat the Bobcats on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak. But the news that Kobe Bryant (ankle) could be out until after the All-Star break means Lamar Odom will have to hold the fort a little longer.
1912 So far Stephen Jackson's return hasn't sparked them to any victories. They lost at home to the Nuggets on Saturday to make it four straight defeats as they continue to struggle to regain their form.
2023 They won at Utah on Saturday to make it three straight and finish 3-2 on their West Coast trip. With Elden Campbell signed off waivers, and 10 of the next 13 at home, they could be a February surprise.
2126 Lost in the furor over Darius Miles' suspension is that they've actually been playing pretty well. They beat the Spurs and Clippers last week by sharing the ball and not having to rely on Zach Randolph.
2220 Through Sunday they were 3-1 since Marko Jaric (foot) returned to the lineup. But they'll need a healthy Corey Maggette (shoulder) when they embark on an eight-game road trip before the All-Star break.
2318 Like Miles, Rafer Alston also got a two-game suspension for talking back to his coach. Apparently Skip to My Lou wasn't aware that the Raptors were 1-8 when he scores 20 or more points.
2421 Stinking it up in the Land of Cheese: After blowing big leads in successive losses to the Nuggets and LeBron-less Cavs, Michael Redd has declared it a "state of emergency" for his team.
2524
Utah Jazz (15-30)
They've played better since Andrei Kirilenko got back in the lineup, but it hasn't showed in the win-loss column. With the Bobcats, Hornets and Knicks up next at Delta, they need to take advantage.
2626 No peaches for Herb. They lost at Detroit on Saturday to kick off a six-game road trip and drop them to 1-3 under interim coach Herb Williams. Overall, they had lost 12 of 14 games in January.
2727 Jason Richardson continues to make an All-Star push, but he hasn't been able to make up for their porous defense. They've given up career-best scoring nights to at least six players this season.
2829 Through Sunday they'd gone 3-4 since Baron Davis (bruised heel) went down with his latest heel injury. Dan Dickau and Casey Jacobsen have helped pick up the slack in the backcourt.
2928 Now you can add travel woes to their list of miseries. They were stranded on their plane for seven hours due to weather before losing at Memphis on Saturday night, their fourth straight loss.
3030 They're hoping Emeka Okafor's sprained ankle isn't serious. Then again, maybe they should just let the rookie rest. They have three more games on the road this week, where they were 1-19 at week's end.

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