After a steady climb, the Celtics are back on top of Marc Stein's weekly ESPN.com Power Rankings.
The Celtics vault two spots to No. 1 this week, leapfrogging the Lakers and Magic in the process. Writes Stein: "It's true that the list of victims during Boston's 10-game win streak won't blow you away. Yet it's also true that seven of the 10 wins were roadies, which always says something, especially given L.A.'s soft schedule."
Also noteworthy is the biggest gainer of the week: the Memphis Grizzlies, who hop up five spots to No. 16. Writes Stein: "Yes, Zach Randolph should have been on the All-Star ballot. Yes, Rudy Gay has the whole league buzzing. Yes, Memphis is 4-1 in December and tempting us to use the R word -- riveting -- even without Mr. Iverson."
The Cetics also remain on top of John Hollinger's weekly statistical rankings.