In the Rankings: Week 4

Every Monday the BasketBlog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.
This Week: 15 | Last Week: 8 | Diff: -7

The Lakers have dropped three straight with Kobe shooting .383 from the field over the three. Tuesday’s matchup with the Sonics should help fix that.
This Week: 11 | Last Week: 7 | Diff: -4

Surprise, surprise: Kobe’s Lakers go to Indy and make a trade right before tip-off . . . but J. O’Neal isn’t involved. Then they put up 134 points to rout Indy . . . followed by the season’s first alarm-sounding losing streak.
This Week: 14 | Last Week: 11 | Diff: -3

Kobe Bryant’s ears had to perk up when he read Jason Kidd’s comments about his potential trade to the Lakers last year. With three straight losses at week’s end — including one to Kidd’s Nets — Bryant could soon be pining again for more help.

Average Ranking: 13.33 | Last Week: 8.66 | Diff: -4.66