Power Rankings Watch -- MLK Day late edition

Stephen Dunn

After a week where the Clippers lost an unwinnable game and won two others, they inched up just a bit in the collective Power Rankings.

During the course of the week, the Clippers won two games they were supposed to win (home against Dallas and away in New York) and lost one game they were supposed to lose (at Indiana on the second night of a back to back). So they should remain about the same in the rankings, right?

Mostly they did. Nine out of ten rankings this week either kept them where the were in seventh, or moved them up a spot (Marc Spears of Yahoo! moved them up two spots). I'm not sure how you justify moving them down this week, but whatever.

Meanwhile, in all of the various and sundry empirical measures, the Clippers are remains sixth or better.

The average ranking for the week (after tossing out the highest ranking and the lowest ranking) is 6.6.


Source Pundit Rank(LAC) Comment
ESPN.com Marc Stein 7 The Clips can live with getting blitzed in Indy on the second night of a back-to-back because they showed up 6-1 in games missed by CP3. Something else to keep in mind Monday: Blake Griffin has the second-biggest scoring game in MLK Day history at 47 points -- behind only Gil Arenas' 51.
Yahoo.com Marc Spears 5 Point guard Darren Collison, who has a player option for next season, is averaging 15 points and 6.1 assists as a starter this season.
CBS Sports Matt Moore 7 They're this high for two reasons: their record and Blake Griffin. But for a team that was supposed to be a title contender, the Clippers have played like paper tigers. They don't defend like a contender. They don't scare you offensively like a contender. Can they get there? That's why they got Doc Rivers. It's on him now.
SI.com Matt Dollinger 7 Even without Chris Paul, the Clippers are a dangerous team and one that can still get solid play from its guards. J.J. Redick dropped 33 points against Dallas in only his second game back from a broken hand, and Paul's replacement, Darren Collison, has posted double-digit points in eight straight games.
Pro Basketball Talk Kurt Helin 6 They are 5-2 without Chris Paul and while only one win was over a .500 team (the amazing shootout with Dallas) the fact is they are holding their ground with their best player out. So far. They are on their Grammy road trip this week and next.
NBA.com John Schuhmann 7 Thanks to a ridiculous comeback against the Mavs on Wednesday and the Knicks' hospitality on Friday, the Clippers' only losses without Chris Paul are at San Antonio and Indiana. There's no shame in that. Their Paul-less starting lineups -- with Darren Collison at the point and either Jamal Crawford or J.J. Redick at the two -- have scored 114.0 points per 100 possessions in 177 minutes together.
NBA.com David Aldridge 6 Five-game winning streak broken Saturday at Indy, but Blake Griffin is straight beasting on people right now. Raised his game to another level in CP3's absence.
SB Nation Jason Patt 6 The Clippers got torched by the Pacers on Saturday, but they had won five games in a row before that loss. Blake Griffin was dominant during the winning streak, averaging 26.6 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Sheridan Hoops Brian Kamenetsky N/A No rankings this week
USA Today 6 Darren Collison started his career as Chris Paul's backup. He knows how to fill this role.

WP MOV RPI SRS Hollinger NetRtg
Total .667 5.50 .552 6.16 105.571 6.0
Rank 6 6 5 5 6 6
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