- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2008

POWER RANKINGS

Mike Jones ranks the top 10 NBA teams (last week in parentheses):

1.Celtics (1)

The PGA Tour paces Boston to a wire-to-wire finish in the regular season. Can their domination continue in the playoffs?

2. Lakers (4)

Kobe & Co. need one more win to lock up the Western Conference’s top playoff spot.

3.Pistons (5)

Still overlooked, Detroit aims to reach the Eastern Conference championship for the sixth straight year — and obviously go beyond.

4. Jazz (6)

Utah is a scary team heading into the playoffs, having handily beaten the Spurs, Hornets and Nuggets in the last two weeks.

5. Hornets (2)

CP3 & Co. need a quick recovery after losing back-to-back games to the Lakers and Kings.

6. Spurs (3)

Experience is a huge asset heading into the playoffs, but does San Antonio have enough to repeat?

7. Rockets (9)

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