Power Rankings: Trade gives Heat boost

Updated: October 29, 2007, 10:02 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The big mover since the Training Camp Edition of Power Rankings is the Miami Heat, who did everything they could -- with Dwyane Wade still out indefinitely -- to live up to their No. 20 billing on Oct. 1 by going a ghastly 0-7 in exhibition play.

But Pat Riley responded impressively to Miami's increasing desperation by swinging a trade to ease fears that the banged-up, calcifying champions of 2006 might not even make the playoffs in 2008, importing Ricky Davis and Mark Blount from Minnesota and shipping out the out-of-favor Antoine Walker to lift the Heat seven spots.

You can track the Heat and the defending champs from San Antonio at No. 1 and everyone else from here on a weekly basis, with our rankings now scheduled to appear every Monday through the regular season. Click here to comment on the Opening Night edition.

Editor's note: The Record category shows the team's 2006-07 regular-season record. The Last Week category shows the team's ranking in Marc Stein's Training Camp Edition of the Power Rankings.

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