Power Rankings: After the break, Pistons still No. 1

Updated: February 19, 2008, 4:21 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com


How long before San Antonio's Tim Duncan and his two new rivals in the West -- Shaquille O'Neal in Phoenix and Jason Kidd in Dallas -- haul their teams back to their usual domain in the top-5 of our weekly NBA Power Rankings?

And how long, realistically, can Kobe Bryant and his mangled pinkie keep the Lakers up there, even after the acquisition of Pau Gasol?

Those are two of the biggest questions dribbling around in our thoughts as the NBA season resumes after the All-Star break. Not much has changed since the previous batch of rankings because of last week's light schedule, but we're bracing for six weeks of upheaval in the standings (and here) before the playoffs begin.

For now, Detroit and Boston maintain their virtual co-hold on the top spot and the Lakers cling to a top-5 slot despite the worrying news about Kobe.

You can rank the teams yourself or click here or at the bottom to register your approval or disagreement with the order at the top or anywhere else.

Tune into "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's Army Power Rankings.

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