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By Ron Campbell
1(1). Lakers (5-0)
The Lakers beat the Rockets like they stole something and they did it in impressive fashion beating the Rockets by 29 points which was 7 points higher than their current season point differential of 22 points.

2(8). Boston (6-1)
How good are the Celtics? They are so good they only needed 32 points from the big three to get past Detroit. After being surprised by the Pacers the Celtics have won 4 games in a row including a victory in Houston.

3(6). Atlanta (5-0)
It is safe to say that the Hawks are the early season surpirse, they have won 5 games in a row, 4 against teams that made the playoffs last year.

4(4). Utah (5-1)
You have to wonder how long the Jazz are going to be able to hold up without Deron Williams whose return, may take another three weeks.

5(2). New Orleans (4-2)
Chris Paul has started the season scoring over 20 points and dishing over 10 assists in each game which breaks Oscar Robertson's record of five double-doubles to start a season.

6(14). Cleveland (5-2)
After Lebron was outplayed by Chris Paul two weeks ago he responded by averaging 34.5ppg 9.8rpg 5.3apg this past week in four straight victories.

7(9). Phoenix (5-2)
The Suns are looking good and Shaq still has something in the tank as he is averaging 14.8ppg and 8.7rpg. Shaq also got to take the night off against the Bulls as Terry Porter plans to keep Shaq ready for the playoffs.

8(16). Orlando (4-2)
After dropping their first two games the Magic are on a four game winning streak. Monday's contest against the the Blazers should be an interesting test for the suddenly hot Magic.

9(5). Toronto (4-2)
Chris Bosh's 19 second half points enabled the Raptors to get past the Bobcats. Bosh is having a monstor start to this season averaging 26ppg and 10.2rpg.

10(7). Detroit (4-2)
Its to early to evaluate the Chauncey Billups trade but the Pistons have lost their last two games after winning their first four games to start the season.

11(3). Houston (4-3)
HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM, the Rockets had three huge games this week against the Celtics, Blazers and Lakers and they lost every single game, as matter of fact the Rockets have only beaten the Grizzlies, Mavs, Thunder and CLippers, which are a combined 7 and 19.

12(17). Denver (3-3)
Early signs are that Denver got the better out of the blockbuster trade when they sent former MVP Allen Iverson to the Pistons for Chauncey Billups. The Nuggets have won two in a row since Chauncey joined the team, Billups also had his first double double going for 16 points and 10 assists against the Grizzlies.

13(18). Portland (3-3)
Brandon Roy isn't shooting as good of a percentage from the field as compared to his career but he is still closing out games for the Blazers. Greg Oden may play Wednesday against the Heat.

14(28). New York (4-2)
With victories over the Bobcats and Wizards I wasn't blown away but I must admit the victory over the Jazz has me thinking it is a new day in NYC. The Knicks play the Spurs and Grizzlies on the road this week.

15(25). Miami (3-3)
With all the hoopla surrounding Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo and Michael Beasley Mario Chalmers is quietly second in the league in steals at 2.8 per game.

16(10). Indiana (2-3)
After upsetting the world champion Boston Celtics the Pacers followed up that effort with consecutive losses to the Suns and Cavaliers.

17(20). Chicago (3-4)
With Kirk Hinrich injured Ben Gordon has started the last few games. Gordon is averaging 20ppg, I think he should have been starting at the beginning on the season. Derrick Rose is averaging 17.7ppg and 5.1apg.

18(11). Milwaukee (3-4)
Despite losing the starting point guard job to Luke Ridnour, Ramon Sessions continues to provide very good production averaging 17.2ppg and 6.2apg.

19(24). Memphis (3-4)
The young Grizzlies are an exciting team they run and compete every night. OJ Mayo had  31 against the Nuggets on SUnday.

20(29). Sacramento (3-4)
After losing to the 76ers by 34 points the Kings have won their last three games. Brad Miller rejoined the Kings after serving a 5 game suspension for violating the League drug policy.

21(12). Dallas (2-4)
The only teams the Mavericks have beaten are the Spurs and Wolves and that isn't saying much when those teams are a combined 2 and 9.

22(15). Philadelphia (2-4)
The 76ers have lost all their road games this season, and have to face the Raptors and the Pacers this week on the road.

23(13). Charlotte (2-4)
The Bobcats got a huge win over the the New Orleans Hornets on Friday but they followed that up with a loss to the Raptors. Over the last three games DJ Augustin is averaging 13rpg and 4apg.

24(22). New Jersey (2-3)
Devin Harris lit Allen Iverson up for 38 points to spoil Allen Iverson's debut but he missed the next game against the Pacers with a sore ankle, but he should play Monday against the Heat

25(21). Golden State (2-5)
Corey Maggette missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury and the Warriors lost their second straight game.

26(19). San Antonio (1-4)
Two things I never thought I would see: A black president and A Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan tandem headed towards the lottery.

27(27). Minnesota (1-5)
THe Timberwolves have dropped their last five games. Sebastian Telfair has worked himself back into the rotation starting in the wolves last two contests. In 3 games played Telfair is averaging 11.5ppg and 8.5apg.

28(26). Oklahoma City (1-5)
I don't want to jump to conclusions but Kevin Durant's early numbers (points, rebounds and assists) are all down from last year.

29(30). LA Clippers (1-6)
THe Clippers finally got their first win by getting past the Mavericks, the Clippers continue to lead the league in negative point differential at 14.6.

30(23). Washington (0-5)
Things are really bad right now for the Wizards as back up point guard Antonio Daniels reaggravated his knee condition, but Daniels may play Wednesday versus Utah.
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