In the Rankings: Week 14

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

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

The Lakers (and the rest of the league) await the MRI results on Andrew Bynum’s right knee. Missing their center for an extended period of time would hurt their defense (again), and it’s already inconsistent. After giving up 117 points in that loss to the Bobcats on Tuesday, they beat the Grizzlies despite allowing Memphis to shoot 51 percent.

ESPN.com
This Week: 4 | Last Week: 2 | Diff: -1

Those of you in Lakerland in such a rush to see Odom shipped out see now why your Lakers won’t let him go until the summer. Who has the length and triangle knowledge to plug in for the fallen Bynum better than LO?

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

Bynum is expected to miss 8-12 weeks with a medial collateral ligament in his right knee (he injured his left knee last season). His absence means Lamar Odom will return to the starting lineup at power forward with Pau Gasol sliding to center. That was the starting combination when the Lakers went to the NBA Finals last season.

USAToday.com
This Week: 2 | Last Week: 1 | Diff: -1

Lakers hoping Bynum’s knee injury isn’t serious.

Average Ranking: This Week: 2.5 | Last Week: 1.5 | Diff: -1.75