In the Rankings: Week 9

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

NBA.com
This Week: 2 | Last Week: 4 | Diff: +2

The Lakers needed that win over the Celtics and they got it. And we shouldn’t overlook Tuesday’s win in New Orleans. But Jordan Farmar’s injury (he’s out two months after knee surgery) hurts, so they’ll be looking for a backup point guard.

ESPN.com
This Week: 1 | Last Week: 3 | Diff: +2

About Adande’s theory for the Lakers’ up-and-down play in December after such a dominant November because they couldn’t get excited about anything except the Boston game: They sure made him look good.

SI.com
This Week: 2 | Last Week: 3 | Diff: +1

Who should be the Lakers’ starting small forward? Vladimir Radmanovic? Trevor Ariza? Lamar Odom? Right now, it’s Luke Walton, and don’t expect a change anytime soon. The Lakers are 8-2 since coach Phil Jackson moved Walton into the starting lineup. “Luke’s a real good passer-playmaker,” Jackson said. “I felt the team was lacking that.”

USAToday.com
This Week: 3 | Last Week: 3 | Diff: N/A

Gasol shines in sweet Christmas Day revenge win over Celtics.

Average Ranking: This Week: 2 | Last Week: 3.25 | Diff: +1.25