The Cavs won 2-of-3 games in the past week. That includes a bizarre loss to the Denver Nuggets who were playing without Carmelo Anthony. What apparently saves them in assorted power rankings from noted sources was that they sucked a lot less than other teams around the league:
First up: Marc Stein from ESPN.Com who keeps the Cavs at his top spot:
The Cavs are the only team in the top 10 these days that can claim reasonably good health and on-the-court consistency, making them an automatic choice to retain the top spot in spite of a Friday slip-up at Denver without Carmelo Anthony.John Hollinger, another writer from ESPN, whom I'm told is a statistical genius, doesn't offer much in the way of commentary with his rankings, but the song remains the same as he keeps them ranked at the top with his rankings.
Not going to grade them down too much for Friday's slip at Melo-less Denver. Not when the Cavs have won six of their past seven roadies and when none of their closest pursuers is healthy enough to push 'em.
The Cavs' defense has been slipping (104.8 rating over the last six games), but they've been sharp offensively. They shot 57 percent against the Wizards on Wednesday and turned the ball over just seven times in Portland on Sunday.