Power Rankings: Nuggets, Rockets headed in opposite directions
It was a freaky Friday night in the NBA, with Detroit, San Antonio and Indiana all losing at home. The Dallas Mavericks were thus poised to become the third team this season to rise to the top of Marc Stein's Power Rankings.
Then came Saturday night, when the Mavericks were routed at home by Memphis and lost the very underrated Josh Howard in the process. That double blow, coupled with a nice bounce-back win from the Pistons in Milwaukee, preserved Detroit's hold on the No. 1 ranking -- with Dallas moving up to No. 2 and the Spurs slipping to No. 3.
The confusion, though, actually starts at No. 4, because the top three have gained some separation from the rest of the league. The Grizzlies ultimately claimed the cleanup spot, largely on the strength of their impressive victory in Dallas ... which made it a bit easier to overlook a home loss to Portland days earlier.