In the Rankings: Week 5

Every Monday, the Lakers Basketblog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.

NBA.com
This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Diff: N/A

It seems like every team hangs around for about 30-36 minutes before the Lakers’ bench puts the game away with a second-half run. This team is cruising right now, but has played 10 of their 15 games at home. They leave STAPLES for three games this week, but Indiana, Philly and Washington isn’t exactly a rough trip.

ESPN.com
This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Diff: N/A

If it’s any consolation — and we realize that it’s probably not — allow us to confirm that the only other two Phil Jackson teams to start so well (Bulls at 17-1 in 1996-97, Lakers at 16-1 in 2001-02) went on to win it all.

SI.com
This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Diff: N/A

You don’t need Vladimir Radmanovic’s pink-tinted goggles to see they have something special cooking in Hollywood. Sunday’s triumph over the Raptors made it seven straight as they continue to show no signs of weakness. But can they keep it going when they hit the road for three games this week?

Average Ranking: This Week: 1.33 | Last Week: 1.33 | Diff: N/A