Monday, February 28, 2005

AP Poll

Paul and I are going to try our best to get this up every Monday from now on. Seeing that a kid in kindergarten could probably compose this, I'm not sure why it's been such a problem. Comments are no longer optional but mandatory (obviously a joke, but we appreciate them).


Note: The previous rankings (PRV) are from December 20--so that's why they may appear skewed.

The A Poll-Anthony

RANK

TEAMRECPRV
1.San Antonio42-133
2.Miami42-164
3.Phoenix43-141
4.Detroit35-1913
5.Dallas37-177
6.Seattle38-162
7.Houston32-2418
8.Sacramento36-215
9.Boston28-2716
10.Cleveland31-2314
11.Memphis31-2517
12.Chicago29-2423
13.Washington31-2410
14.Denver27-2911
15.Philadelphia26-2919
16.Indiana28-2721
17.L.A. Lakers28-268
18.Minnesota28-296
19.Orlando28-279
20.New Jersey25-3225
21.Milwaukee23-3128
22.L.A. Clippers25-3120
23.Portland22-3212
24.Toronto 24-3224
25.New York23-3315
26.Utah18-3722
27.Golden State16-3927
28.New Orleans11-4430
29.Charlotte11-4226
30.Atlanta10-4529




The P Poll-Paul

RANKTEAMRECPRV
1.San Antonio42-133
2.Detroit35-1913
3.Miami42-164
4.Phoenix43-141
5.Seattle38-162
6.Dallas37-177
7.Sacramento36-216
8.Memphis31-2517
9.Houston32-2418
10.Washington31-2411
11.Chicago29-2423
12.Indiana28-2721
13.Cleveland31-2315
14.Denver27-2910
15.Minnesota28-295
16.Lakers28-268
17.Boston29-2816
18.Philadelphia26-2919
19.Orlando28-279
20.Toronto24-3224
21.New Jersey25-3225
22.Milwaukee23-3128
23.Clippers25-3120
24.New York23-3314
25.Portland22-3212
26.Utah18-3722
27.Golden State16-3926
28.New Orleans11-4430
29.Charlotte11-4227
30.Atlanta10-4529

5 Comments:

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boston #9????!!!!!! Wow, they beat Utah who stinks and beat Phoenix without Steve Nash a night after they played the most fast-paced game of the season in Dallas! Don't you think you're just a little biased towards the Celtics?! I mean like 3 days ago you said the 76ers were by far the best team in the Atlantic, yet you put them 6 spots behind Boston! At least try be adjective...

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Here's my best attempt to be adjective: the wonderful Celtics are placed a bit high yes, so kill me. Mark Stein has them 12 with Chicago as one of the teams ahead of them whom Boston beat twice in the last month. So that would bring them up to 11 and so I bumped them up a few, so what? Paul has them at 17 because he hates them, what's the difference? How can he have Minny ahead of them when Boston beat them two weeks ago on their home floor? Now they added Antoine Walker and Minny got no one, does that make any sense? Maybe we are a bit biased but that's why you have every right to chime in with your opinions. I know the Celtics and I know what this Walker trade is going to do for them. They need a kick in the ass and 'Toine will most definately give them that. All I ask is that you watch in coming weeks how well they play. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it. Peace

 
At 2:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Blount is still their starting center, is he not? No way the Celtics should be near number 9, especially when it's not known what GP will do.

Boston's 2 recent wins are no more valuable as a predictor of future success than are the Knicks' 3 recent wins. Nobody thinks the Knicks have suddenly made a long-term turnaround.

I'd have it like this:

SA
Detroit
Phoenix
Miami
Dallas
Seattle
Houston
Sacramento
Memphis
Cleveland
Indiana
Chicago
Washington
Denver
Boston
Philly

If you count carefully, you'll see that Boston is the 15th team down. By the way, you should bear in mind that even if Boston stays ahead of Philly and the Tim Thomas/Penny Hardaway Knickerbockers, they're still likely going to be stuck on the Road for games 1,2,6, and 7. To go anywhere in the playoffs, the Celtics are going to have to be MUCH better than the other playoff teams. Do you honestly think that Boston can beat Indiana, Washington, Cleveland, or Chicago without home court advantage? Even in a few years' time those 4 teams will probably all still be superior to your beloved C's. I think you've got about 4 years or so before you can start thinking about buying tickets for the Conference Semis. Enjoy the wait.

sjg.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Matt, It's evident how much you've been lacking on keeping up with the NBA. First of all, Blount is not the starting center anymore, LaFrentz is. Second of all, when Boston wins the Atlantic, they will own the 3 seed and thus home court advantage in the first round. And yes, I do think they can beat any single one of those teams. You're forgetting that Walker was 20 and 9, albeit for the Hawks, but he's still a talented player. His main downfall is his tendency to launch three's which apparently Doc Rivers has already addressed.
Now, as for the teams you listed ahead of Boston, that may be accurate for the entire season, but as your requested Matthew, our polls are to reflect the way the teams are playing right now. Is there any team in the NBA more fired up than Boston right now? Sure they only beat Utah and Phoenix without Nash, but we were without our starting pg too since he was recently shipped out. I know Nash is far superior to GP, but it's the principal that everyone is downgrading that win for no reason. You can hate on the C's just like your brother, but you should actually watch them once or twice before you offer your assessment.

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to check your facts, too. Winning the Atantic does NOT give a team home court in the first round. It gives them a 3 seed, nothing more. The Celtics need to have one of the 5 best records in the East to get any kind of home court. I don't see it coming even close to happening.

LaFrentz at center is not so good either. I'd rather have HAywood, Z, Curry/Chandler, or Foster/O'Neal at that position. Not saying that all of these guys are better than LaFrentz, just saying that they're better at the center position.

I think Hughes, Arenas, and Jamison would ultimately eat the Celtics alive. YOur best hope, I suppose, is to play the inexperienced Bulls. But then, the Baby Bulls have nearly the same amount of playoff experience on their roster as the C's do, and the Bulls rookies are far more tested. The Bulls are playing at least as well as the C's, over a much longer period of time, and the biggest difference between the 2 teams is that the Bulls are excellent in the 4th quarter, whereas the Celtics have moved just a step above horrific. The Bulls play perhaps the best defense in the league; the Celtics...not so much. Throw in the Bulls' excellent home record and the Celtics' putrid play on the road, and you'll see why the Celtics' current status in the standings spells doom for your boys in green.

To address your other point, I don't understand how you can look at just 2 games (particularly THOSE 2 games, which aren't so special) and come to the conclusions that you do. Like I said, the Knicks have been "impressive" over the last week, too. Milwaukee is on fire. And it's certainly not as though the Walker/Pierce tandem, presumably weaker today than it was 3 years ago, was especially successful in the past.

I'm not "hating on" the C's. It's funny how you try to portray my criticism of your bias as my own personal bias. You don't see me putting the Sixers at #7 or anything, and you don't see me putting Boston behind more than ONE team with a currently weaker record. I'm just being realistic. YOu should try it sometime.

sjg.

 

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