Power Rankings: Celtics sinking, Pistons back in top 10

Updated: January 8, 2009, 6:16 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The new year begins with the Los Angeles Lakers, for the first time this season, toasting a second straight week at No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

The Boston Celtics, meanwhile, have dipped to No. 3 -- thanks to their 2-4 malaise -- matching Boston's worst position all season in our Monday pulse check of the league. The Celts have only been this low once before … when they fell to 2-1 with a loss at Indiana in game No. 3.

Detroit's return to the top 10 is the other rankings headline this week, after the Pistons -- now 13-3 since moving Rodney Stuckey into the starting lineup -- uncharacteristically spent five straight weeks in the teens, ranging from No. 13 to No. 17.

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Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.

Tune in Tuesdays to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's U.S. Army Power Rankings. A 4-0 showing that began with a win over Orlando moved the Pistons up six spots and earned them U.S. Army Team of the Week status.

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