In the Rankings: Week 21

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

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

If the Cavs finish a game ahead of the Lakers and the two teams meet in the Finals, Game 1 would be in Cleveland thanks to Andre Iguodala’s game-winning three last Tuesday. L.A. began its seven-game trip with a Bench Mob-led comeback in Chicago on Saturday.

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

Spotty D. Inconsistent bench. A killer instinct publicly questioned by the coach. And still no Bynum. But you know what? Nothing’s changed: Roughly 29 teams would trade for L.A.’s issues, like we said in October.

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

Good news, Lakers fans: Regardless of the outcome of this postseason, Phil Jackson will be back next season. When asked recently by local reporters if he envisioned a scenario in which the Lakers win the championship and he rides off into the sunset, Jackson said, “No, I certainly don’t. I still have a year left on the contract.”

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

Their defense will determine title chances.

Average Ranking: This Week: 1.75 | Last Week: 1.5 | Diff: -.25