From NBA.com's John's Schuhmann who ranks the Cavs No. 2 in the league currently behind the Los Angeles Lakers:
The Lakers lost big to the Cavs and Suns, and then needed another Kobe Bryant buzzer-beater to beat the shorthanded Kings. The Cavs looked like the best team in the league until they faltered at home on Sunday. Missing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Celtics lost three straight before beating the Raptors on Saturday. And the Magic have been inconsistent all season.ESPN.com's Marc Stein sees things a bit differently as the Cavs, who were No. 1 in his rankings last week, hold on to that top spot:
None of those rivals, though, is in any condition to take advantage.ESPN.com's other fine writer of note, John Hollinger, also ranks the Cavs No. 1 despite the fact that they took a hit against Charlotte Sunday evening.
Cleveland tops the new decade's first edition of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings in spite of that rare home defeat to Charlotte as everyone in the league's elite is dealing with injuries and/or inconsistency.
Don't forget that the Cavs also swept a home-and-home with Atlanta in their last act of 2009 to ensure that they hold on to No. 1.