Portland Trail Blazers Plunge In NBA Power Rankings

Here's a collection of various NBA Power Rankings released at some point this week. The 7-5 Portland Trail Blazers went 1-3 last week, including an ongoing 3-game losing streak. Last week's rankings, if available, appear in parentheses.

Marc Stein, ESPN.com: Blazers are No. 13 (No. 5)

The Blazers have looked tired more than once lately, which figured to be less of an issue for them because of their depth. They're also still looking for offensive consistency, scoring better than 105 points per game at home compared to just 89.3 ppg on the road.

John Hollinger, ESPN.com: Blazers are No. 7

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Blazers are No. 10 (No. 3)

The Blazers have dropped three straight and have four games (against mostly weak opponents) remaining on their six-game trip. The good news is that Nicolas Batum broke out with a huge game in Houston on Saturday. But Raymond Felton's 0-for-6 put him at 6-for-40 from 3-point range this season.

David Aldridge, NBA.com: Blazers are No. 12 (No. 4)

Jamal Crawford, Ray Felton getting off to brutal starts (shooting 34.7 percent and 36 percent, respectively).

Tom Ziller, SBNation.com: Blazers are No. 7 (No. 5)

The Blazers have lost some tough games, but they have a strong efficiency differential and have played a brutal schedule to date. This is still a strong team.

Chris Sheridan, SheridanHoops.com: Blazers are No. 13 (No. 4)

Bummer ending (3 straight Ls) to a week that included a win over the Clippers. Glad to see ESPN finally confirmed what was first reported here - that LaMarcus Aldridge is on the 19-to-20-man early list for Team USA's 2012 Olympic roster.

Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk.com: Blazers are No. 12 (No. 3)

They beat the Clippers Tuesday but went 1-3 on the week against a tough schedule - the Blazers statistically have had the second toughest schedule in the league so far, only Houston is worse. That schedule masks how good this team is.

Jeff Sagarin, USA Today: Blazers are No. 8 (No. 5) and ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Division

John Hollinger of ESPN.com's advanced stat rankings...

  • No. 10 in Offensive Efficiency (up from No. 14)
  • No. 10 in Defensive Efficiency (down from No. 5)
  • No. 3 in Pace (same as last week)
  • No. 20 in Rebound Rate (down from No. 6)

Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is currently No. 9 in the NBA in dunks with 16, according to the CBSSports.com Dunk-O-Meter.

This post will update with more NBA Power Rankings once they go up around the web.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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