The Boston Celtics, who sat a season-worst No. 28 just five weeks ago, have climbed three more spots to No. 17 in this week's ESPN.com NBA Power Rankings.
Writes ESPNBoston's Chris Forsberg: "With no Boston attractions at All-Star Weekend -- save for glimpses of the injured Kelly Olynyk -- Celts fans spent the break debating the merits of playing for ping-pong balls. But a 7-5 uptick, including that thrilling win over Atlanta, has some folks rethinking things."