Not even a winless trip out West could knock the Boston Celtics further down the ESPN.com NBA Power Rankings. Boston stands steady at No. 28, ahead of only the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.
Writes curator Marc Stein: "The question isn't so much When will Rajon Rondo return? as it is How many wins will the Celts notch between now and then? Boston is 0-7 in its road-heavy start to 2014 and can only point to about three games in January (Lakers and Sixers at home, Orlando away) that offer hope."
On the more encouraging side: Boston is 22nd in Hollinger's computerized power rankings.