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(Covers updated) Not so amazing but 3 wins in a row and over the Bulls and Knicks saw a good jump in the rankings for the Grizzlies [the level of jump indicated for each]. But, 4 of the rankings were done before the Griz beat the Bulls and it is reflected by the jump level.  Who gets the credit for Memphis’ success?  Britt Robson @ SI gives kudos to the coach, “Hollins has help transform the Grizzlies into one of the NBA’s grittiest and most relentless teams — the sort of opponent nobody wants to play . . .”  Marc Stein gives kudos to his name sake, Marc Gasol for his rebounding.

If the Grizzlies take care of business they should win their next 4 games before next weeks rankings are released.  They play @ New Orleans, @ Detroit, Sacramento (H), @ Golden State, all teams ranked lower.  We could see another jump of a couple of spots.  Lets get back into the top 10 and in the thick of the playoff picture.

Average ranking for the week is 15.77  +3 jump from last week.

2011-12 Power Rankings for the week of January 16
Click on Grizzlies logo to go to team web page for each media’s site.
Actual NBA SI Stein FOX CBS Sagarin Hollinger Covers ProBBTalk
on 01-17 01-16 01-17 01-16 01-17 01-17 01-17 01-17 01-19 01-16
1 Oklahoma City Chicago Chicago Chicago Oklahoma City Chicago Chicago Philadelphia Chicago Chicago 1
2 Chicago Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Chicago Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Chicago Oklahoma City Oklahoma City 2
3 Philadelphia San Antonio Philadelphia Philadelphia San Antonio Philadelphia Philadelphia Miami Orlando Philadelphia 3
4 Orlando Philadelphia LA Clippers San Antonio LA Lakers LA Clippers Miami Atlanta Miami San Antonio 4
5 Indiana Miami Miami Miami Miami Portland Atlanta Oklahoma City San Antonio Indiana 5
6 Atlanta LA Lakers LA Lakers LA Clippers Orlando San Antonio LA Clippers San Antonio LA Lakers LA Clippers 6
7 LA Clippers Orlando San Antonio LA Lakers Dallas Orlando San Antonio Portland Denver Denver 7
8 San Antonio LA Clippers Indiana Denver Philadelphia LA Lakers Portland Dallas Atlanta Miami 8
9 LA Lakers Dallas Orlando Indiana LA Clippers Denver Orlando LA Lakers Philadelphia Atlanta 9
10 Utah Portland Dallas Dallas Portland Miami LA Lakers LA Clippers Portland LA Lakers 10
11 Miami
Indiana Denver Orlando Atlanta Indiana Indiana Denver LA Clippers Orlando 11
12 Portland Denver Portland Atlanta Indiana Atlanta Denver Orlando Utah Portland 12
13 Denver Atlanta Utah Portland Denver Dallas Dallas Indiana Indiana Utah 13
14 Dallas Utah Atlanta Utah Utah Utah Utah Houston Dallas 14
15 Houston Memphis A Houston Houston Houston Dallas New York 15
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16 Cleveland Houston New York Cleveland Cleveland Utah Cleveland 16
17 New York New York New York Houston New York Cleveland Minnesota Boston Boston 17
18 Houston Boston Cleveland Minnesota New York Boston Minnesota Cleveland Golden State 18
19 Minnesota Milwaukee Minnesota Cleveland Boston Houston Phoenix Phoenix Minnesota Houston 19
20 Boston Cleveland Boston Boston Minnesota Minnesota Golden State New York Phoenix Phoenix 20
21 Milwaukee Phoenix Milwaukee Golden State Golden State Toronto New York Golden State New York Minnesota 21
22 Phoenix Minnesota Phoenix Milwaukee Milwaukee Phoenix Milwaukee Milwaukee Sacramento Milwaukee 22
23 Golden State Golden State Golden State Phoenix Phoenix Milwaukee Toronto Boston Cleveland Golden State 23
24 Toronto Sacramento Sacramento Toronto Toronto Golden State New Orleans New Orleans Milwaukee New Orleans 24
25 Sacramento Toronto Toronto New Orleans Detroit Charlotte New Jersey Toronto New Jersey Sacramento 25
26 Detroit New Orleans New Orleans New Jersey Sacramento New Orleans Boston New Jersey Toronto Toronto 26
27 New Orleans Detroit Detroit Detroit Charlotte Sacramento Sacramento Detroit New Orleans Detroit 27
28 New Jersey New Jersey Charlotte Charlotte New Orleans Detroit Detroit Sacramento Detroit New Jersey 28
29 Charlotte Charlotte New Jersey Sacramento New Jersey New Jersey Charlotte Charlotte Charlotte Charlotte 29
30 Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington 30
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5 Responses to Updated Power Rankings – week of Jan 16

  1. AlexNo Gravatar says:

    Grizzlies strength of schedule, according to Hollinger is number 1. His top ranked team, Philly, is by far the worst amongst top 15 teams.

  2. CarlCRNo Gravatar says:

    Good observation Alex. Last week (1-15) they had the 6th hardest schedule and Jeff Sagarin rated their schedule as the 8th hardest. Now Sagarin has them as the 3rd hardest schedule with the top 12 teams having some of the easiest (15th or higher) schedules. Only the Heat and Blazers have top 10 schedules according to Sagarin.

    So, a decent record after an early schedule and ZBo being hurt and out shows Memphis to be a better team than their record shows.

  3. new_skool91No Gravatar says:

    We are ahead of last year’s pace and our strength of schedule has been Hulkish. I think this bodes well for us; I think the team is playing well but can still play even better. The rankings now are cool, but I’m more interested in the fact that the team is playing with decent effort and execution at this point.

  4. new_skool91No Gravatar says:

    Rankings for this week, please!!

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