By Chris Mannix
January 25, 2010
NBA Power Rankings
21 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 20
Jerry Stackhouse might be just what the Bucks need to stay in the playoff race. He certainly thinks so, anyway. Signed last week to replace the injured Michael Redd, Stackhouse scored 14 points and dished out five assists against Minnesota in his third game back. "I'm going to try and liven them up a little bit and get them going," Stackhouse said. "If I can command attention with the ball, I'm going to try and get opportunities for the other guys."
22 Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week: 24
Eddie Jordan's lineup has been unpredictable -- nine players have started at least two games this season -- but he seems to have finally settled on a rotation. Jrue Holiday, Allen Iverson, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert will be the starters with Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young the first to come off the bench. The early returns are encouraging: Philly went 2-2 last week and picked up a win over Dallas. Said Jordan, "It's like a renewed vision with the lineup."
23 New York Knicks
Last Week: 22
The Knicks have generated some goodwill recently. David Lee has made his case for an All-Star nod. Danilo Gallinari has emerged as a future cornerstone player. And then they wipe it all away with a 50-point home loss to the Mavericks. "It's not good," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "But it happened, and we just try to flush it down the toilet."
24 Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 28
The only team more banged up than Portland may be the Warriors. Golden State started two players on 10-day contracts -- Cartier Martin and Anthony Tolliver -- last week and nearly toppled the Suns. They also picked up wins over Chicago and New Jersey.
25 Detroit Pistons
Last Week: 25
Players and coaches just can't seem to get along in Detroit. Last year, Rip Hamilton and Allen Iverson were at odds with Michael Curry. This year, it's John Kuester and Tayshaun Prince. Prince and Kuester got into a heated exchange late in Detroit's blowout loss to Indiana last week. Said Prince, "It was something that just happened during the course of the game, and we had our differences at that time."
26 Sacramento Kings
Last Week: 26
After a promising start, the Kings are back to playing, well, like the Kings. Sacramento has won just once in January and has dropped its last three games by double digits. The Tyreke Evans-Kevin Martin pairing hasn't been working out. Since Martin (2-of-14 from the field in his last two outings) returned to the lineup on Jan. 15, the Kings have failed to crack 90 points in four of six games.
27 Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 23
The Pacers stumbled to a 1-3 mark during a rough four-games-in-five-nights stretch. The good news is the schedule opens up a little for them this week. The bad news is that it also brings matchups with the Lakers, Cavaliers and Raptors.
28 Washington Wizards
Last Week: 27
Flip Saunders continues to preach that his team can turn things around. And his team continues to ignore him. The Wizards have dropped three straight, including a 78-point performance in a 14-point home loss to the Clippers.
29 Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week: 29
A recent Yahoo! Sports report cited sources saying Minnesota was peddling forward Al Jefferson. Two NBA sources told last week that the Timberwolves were still active in talks involving Jefferson, who has struggled to develop chemistry with Kevin Love in Minnesota's frontcourt.
30 New Jersey Nets
Last Week: 30
Eleven, 24, 32 and 33. Winning lottery numbers? Try the points the Nets lost by during their four-game road trip. "This was the worst road trip of my life," veteran guard Keyon Dooling said. "We got blown out every game. We weren't competitive. We're just not a very good team right now." New Jersey faces three losing teams -- the Clippers, Wizards and 76ers -- at home this week.
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