By Marty Burns
January 24, 2005
NBA Power Rankings
Rank LW Team
16 7 They're hoping newly-acquired Carlos Arroyo can help solidify their weakened bench. But consecutive losses to the Magic, Bucks and Bulls last week has coach Larry Brown once again questioning their hunger.
17 20 Thanks to New York's collapse, they've moved into the Atlantic Division lead. Now if Samuel Dalembert (24 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks in Saturday's loss at Orlando) could just play like that every night.
18 23 So far they're doing OK without Vince Carter. They beat the Bobcats on Sunday to improve their home record to 15-5, trailing only Cleveland (14-3) for the best such mark in the East. They'd also won eight of 11 overall.
19 21 Maybe Bill Belichick could give them some advice on how to win on the road. Saturday's loss at Atlanta was their ninth straight away from Fleet Center, and left them with a 5-16 road mark for the season.
20 18 Saturday's loss at New Orleans was their fifth straight, effectively killing the momentum of their recent improved play. Looks like Elton Brand can make vacation plans for All-Star weekend again.
21 22 Weekend victories over the Pistons and Knicks, respectively, had them feeling optimistic again. But given their up-and-down play this season, they know better than to get carried away.
22 26 They're hoping Marcus Camby (ankle) can join Nenê (suspension) in returning to the lineup for Tuesday's game at Chicago. It hasn't helped Michael Cooper that his frontcourt has so rarely been together.
23 27 After losing out on Jim Jackson, they lost again to the Suns at Phoenix on Sunday to kick off a five-game West Coast road trip. Elden Campbell could be GM Rod Thorn's next target, if he gets waived by the Jazz.
24 24
Utah Jazz (14-28)
Andrei Kirilenko is back, but it might be awhile before he's making his full impact. He played just 14 minutes (scoring 14 points) in Sunday's loss at Seattle as Jerry Sloan intends to work him back slowly.
25 17 Phil Jackson says he'd be willing to talk to them about being their head coach next season. Has he seen them play lately? Sunday's loss to the Bucks was their sixth straight and 10th in 11 games.
26 19 Like the Knicks, they've been a bust in 2005 and are currently on a lengthy losing streak (six games). Could coach Mo Cheeks face the same fate as fellow former point guard (and nice guy) Lenny Wilkens?
27 25 At least Adonal Foyle has finally started contributing a little off the bench. The $40 million man had nine points, six rebounds and four blocks in 29 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Cavs.
28 29 Antoine Walker had 29 points, six rebounds and six assists Saturday to beat the Celtics and avenge last week's loss to his former team. But could 'Toine soon be suiting up again for Gang Green?
29 30 Reasons to party in the Big Easy? They beat the Pacers and Clippers, respectively, to make it five wins in eight games. They finally traded Jim Jackson. They climbed out of the cellar of Power Rankings.
30 28 It's been a surprisingly successful season for these expansion 'Cats, but facts are facts. Sunday's loss in Toronto was their eighth straight, including one to the Hawks, and somebody has to be ranked down here.

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