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NBA power rankings: Knicks take big slide
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 19, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The New York Knicks began this season No. 14 in USA TODAY Sports’ NBA power rankings. In our first in-season poll, they rose to No. 2.
Back to the beginning.
The Knicks fell out of the top 10 for the first time all season this week after four consecutive losses and injuries to Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire. They are No. 13 this week, below even the Los Angeles Lakers, who are trending up at No. 10. The rankings were voted on before Monday’s games, including New York’s at the Utah Jazz.
The voting panel of USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Adi Joseph, Kevin Spain and Jeff Zillgitt; Hoopsworld.com’s Lang Greene and Steve Kyler; and the Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis had no qualms about who was No. 1: The Miami Heat didn’t even need their miracle comeback Monday against the Boston Celtics to claim the unanimous top spot.
But the Knicks produced more mixed results, with votes ranging from No. 8 to No. 16.
Here’s the top five (points on a 30-29-28-27-etc. scale):
The Heat also dominated the MVP voting, with LeBron James maintaining his unanimous lead. But the Knicks took another shot as Anthony slid out of the top five for the first time this season. Here’s that top five (points on a 7-5-3-2-1 scale):
Also receiving votes were Anthony (four points), Tim Duncan of the Spurs (two), Dwyane Wade of the Heat (two) and Ty Lawson of the Nuggets (one).
Finally, the rookie of the year race seems to be in stasis, as it likely will finish. Here’s that top three (points on a 5-3-1 scale):
Also receiving one third-place vote each were Andre Drummond of the … [For more on NBA power rankings: Carmelo-less Knicks take big slide, click here.]
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