Blazers Slip In Week 10 NBA Power Rankings

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Here's how the Portland Trail Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings after week 10 of the 2013-14 season.

The Portland Trail Blazers are 26-8 on the season after a 2-2 week that included wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats and losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers.

Here's how the Blazers stack up in the various NBA power rankings following week 10 of the 2013-14 season. Last week, the Blazers ranked from No. 3 to No. 7. This week, Portland placed from No. 4 to No. 6, slipping slightly on a majority of the lists.

No. 4 (Last week: 4): Marc Stein, ESPN.com

A home loss to lowly Philly is not the sort of start that the Blazers wanted to see in Game 2 of a soft stretch featuring six straight Tastykakes. Look at it this way, though: Portland made it all the way to the first week of January before suffering a real cringe-worthy loss. Can't complain too loudly, then.

No. 4 (Last week: 4)Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports

C.J. McCollum averaged 18.5 points in 20.5 minutes in two games with D-League Idaho. The rookie's NBA debut could come Tuesday at Sacramento.

No. 5 (Last week: 4): Matt Dollinger, SI.com

Is this the fall from grace that Blazers skeptics have been waiting for? Portland has dropped four of eight after losing only four of its first 26 games. It's worth noting that the last three have come by a combined five points, including two via last-second shot (Chris Bosh's three-pointer and Tyreke Evans' pull-up).

No. 5 (Last week: 4)Matt Moore, CBSSports.com

They're not frauds, they genuinely are a great Western Conference playoff team. But maybe we should chill out on the title contenders bit.

No. 6 (Last week: 4): Kurl Helin, ProBasketballTalk

They have gone 2-3 in their last five and while they have gotten to the line a little less and not been quite as strong on the boards, the reality is they have lost the kind of close games they have won much of the season. Those kinds of wins tend to even out over time.

No. 6 (Last week: 4)John Schuhmann, NBA.com

Defense has been the issue in most of their losses, but the Blazers' offense finally came up empty against the Sixers on Saturday, when they shot 6-for-26 (0-for-6 from 3-point range) in the fourth quarter. They got a nice win in Oklahoma City on Tuesday and hit 21 threes (for the second time this season) against the Bobcats' top-10 defense on Thursday, but have lost three of their last five games.

No. 4 (Last week: 4)David Aldridge, NBA.com

First-round pick C.J. McCollum (broken foot) finally makes his pro debut with the Blazers' NBA D-League affiliate in Idaho.

No. 5 (Last week: 3)Jason Patt, SB Nation

The Blazers are still rolling with the NBA's best offense, and it was on fully display during a 134-104 shellacking of the Bobcats on Thursday. However, Portland is just 21st in the league in defensive rating, which could be a big problem come playoff time.

No. 5 (Last week: 4)USA Today Sports

Are they finally dropping off? Don't count on it; they play four consecutive teams with losing records.

No. 5 (Last week: 7): Hollinger Power Rankings

Hollinger Statistical Rankings...

  • Offensive Efficiency: No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)
  • Defensive Efficiency: No. 20 (Last week: No. 22)
  • Rebound Rate: No. 4 (Last week: No. 4)
  • Pace: No. 10 (Last week: No. 13)

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