Power Rankings: Celtics leap three spots to No. 8

The Boston Celtics have won five of their last six games, losing only on Sunday on the second half of a back-to-back with the Orlando Magic. They rise three spots into eighth place in ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings for Week 14.

Here's what our Marc Stein had to say:

"There is much joy in Boston because Isaiah Thomas is 13 days away from joining Calvin Murphy as the shortest All-Star of all time at 5-foot-9, as well as the lowest draft pick (No. 60) to become an All-Star since the league went to a two-round draft in 1989. Yet the glee isn't quite what it could be, because C's fans know this team really should have a grip on the East's No. 3 seed by now."