RUN-F.M.C. Rankings 11/16 Lakers Stay #1, Heat Fall From #2 to #5
The NBA RUN-F.M.C. (RUN to the Finals Meter Chase) Rankings for the week 11/16/2010. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 2-games in a row after winning their first 8 games of the season. The Boston Celtics have replaced the Miami Heat at the #2 slot after beating the Heat at home and for the second time of the 2010-11 young NBA season. Here's a look at the rest of the Top 10 teams that make up the RUN-F.M.C. Rankings.
1. Los Angeles Lakers 8-2: The Lakers lost to both Denver at home and to Phoenix at home. The Lakers faced both of their Western Conference Finals foes of the past 2-years and got caught sleeping. L.A. will face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight on the road. They finished last week with a 1-2 record. (Previous rank #1).
2. Boston Celtics 8-2: The Celtics had 2 impressive road wins vs. the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies. Boston has moved past the Miami Heat to become the favorite in the Eastern Conference to make it to the 2011 NBA Final. Rajon Rondo has new nickname "Rajzilla". The Celtics finished 2-0 on the past week. (Previous rank #3).
3. San Antonio Spurs 8-1: The Spurs are on a 7-game win streak. They had huge wins over the Clippers, 76ers, and on the road vs. Oklahoma City. San Antonio are winning games without the dominance of Tim Duncan. The team has balance and are the winners of 4 NBA Championships since 1999. The Spurs finished 3-0 on the past week. (Previous rank #6).
4. New Orleans Hornets 8-1: New Orleans was the last of the unbeaten NBA teams until last night when they lost on the road to Southwest Division rival Dallas Mavericks. The Hornets continue to play at a high level and look for revenge vs. Dallas when they play the Mavericks at home on Wednesday night. New Orleans finished 2-1 for the past week. (Previous rank #4).
5. Miami Heat 6-4: Miami lost some of its mojo with back-to-back home loses to the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics. This team has a tough time when the face a top flight point guard. The Heat were dominated for a second time by the Celtics and have fallen 3 spots from #2 to #5 in the RUN-F.M.C. Rankings. Miami finished 1-2 for the past week. (Previous rank #2).
6. Dallas Mavericks 7-2: The Mavericks ended the New Orleans Hornets unbeaten streak. Dallas was the last team to beat the surging Boston Celtics. The Mavs went 3-0 for the past week to move up a couple of slots to #6. Dallas plays in the more competitive Western Conference. (Previous rank #8).
7. Orlando Magic7-3: The Magic remain low on the radar screen when you talk about teams from the Eastern Conference that can make it to the NBA Finals. They sometimes seem very vulnerable with back-to-back home losses to Utah and Toronto. The finished 2-2 this past week. (Previous rank #5).
8. Atlanta Hawks 7-4: The Hawks started the season 6-0 but has lost 3 of the last 4. They ended their 3 game slide with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves are not a playoff contender and Atlanta has to prove it's not the 3rd best team in the Southeast Division behind Miami and Orlando.
9. Utah Jazz 7-4: The Jazz were riding a 5-game win streak with 4 of those wins on the road vs. the Heat, Magic, and Hawks. They came home last night and lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Utah is always well coached and that's a tribute to Jerry Sloan who's the NBA's longest tenured head coach. The Jazz will be competitive and tough out for ever they play. The Jazz were 3-1 for the past week. (Previous rank none).
10. Oklahoma City Thunder 6-4: OKC has posted 2 wins vs. Portland and ended the 5-game winning streak of the Utah Jazz. The Thunder are still trying to find their groove. Kevin Durant again is leading the league in scoring. The Thunder finished the past week 3-1. (Previous rank none).
The Utah Jazz and OKC Thunder have pushed Denver and Portland out of the Top 10 for the RUN-F.M.C. Rankings. The Miami Heat now will have to look up to Boston. The Celtics and Lakers could be meeting in the Finals for the 3rd time in 4 years. History repeats itself.
The RUN F.M.C. Rankings are released each Tueday during the entire regular season.