In the Rankings: Week 12

Every Monday the Lakers.com BasketBlog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.

NBA.com
This Week: 3 | Last Week: 1 | Diff: -2

So in the first game without Bynum, Kobe puts up 44 shots. Good thing he didn’t stop at 43, or the Lakers might have lost. Their schedule this week (vs. DEN, @ SAS, @ DAL, vs. CLE) could affect the Pacific standings more than Thursday’s loss to the Suns. Oh, and this won’t help.

The “this” in there refers to this.

ESPN.com
This Week: 7 | Last Week: 4 | Diff: -3

You’ll recall what injuries did to last season’s Lakers after a similar 26-13 start. So maybe all these injuries (Bynum, Mihm and now Ariza) are just another chance for these Lakers to prove how much they’ve grown.

SI.com
This Week: 7 | Last Week: 5 | Diff: -2

Kwame Brown was booed unmercifully by the home crowd in last Thursday’s loss to the Suns that snapped their seven-game winning streak. Don’t L.A. fans realize that with Andrew Bynum (knee) out for two months and a difficult schedule ahead, the Lakers are going to need a confident Brown?

Average Ranking: 5.66 | Last Week: 3.33 | Diff: -2.33