In the Rankings: Week 22

Every Monday, the Lakers Basketblog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.
This Week: 7 | Last Week: 5 | Diff: -2

After inexplicable losses to the Bobcats and Grizzlies at STAPLES Center, the Lakers needed OT to beat the Wizards after blowing a late lead. With Derek Fisher playing through a partially torn tendon in his foot, are the Lakers looking vulnerable? Fortunately, Pau Gasol should be back on Wednesday.
This Week: 6 | Last Week: 4 | Diff: -2

Did we speak too soon? Could back-to-back home Ls to Charlotte and Memphis cost Kobe his first MVP trophy? Is the division slipping away? Just add those to list of injury questions about Pau, Bynum and now Fisher.
This Week: 8 | Last Week: 3 | Diff: -5

They survived the Wizards in OT on Sunday to get back on track after consecutive embarrassing home losses to the Bobcats and Grizzlies. But Phil Jackson’s main concern right now has to be injuries, with Derek Fisher (sore foot) having joined Pau Gasol (ankle) and Andrew Bynum (knee) as question marks heading into the postseason.

Average Ranking: This Week: 7 | Last Week: 4 | Diff: -3