Power Rankings: Lakers rise, Celtics fall after first week

Updated: November 6, 2008, 3:05 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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A new No. 1 already in the NBA Power Rankings?

The Lakers, Hornets and Celtics left the committee (of one) with no choice.

Dominating displays from those two Western Conference favorites, combined with an uncharacteristically one-sided loss for the defending champs at Indiana, forced the first significant shuffle at the top of ESPN.com's weekly, completely human pulse check of the league. The hard part was deciding which team to go with at No. 1. The Lakers prevailed ever so narrowly because although the Hornets have coped impressively with the early absences of Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic, there's always a downside to injuries.

Read on to see how high the Raptors, Pacers and Grizzlies have climbed, how far the Wizards and Clippers have fallen … and how the Hawks became the first U.S. Army Team of the Week in Power Rankings history. Click here to rank the teams yourself or click here to comment.

Tune in Tuesdays to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's U.S. Army Power Rankings.

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