Jerry Zgoda’s Eastern Conference Power Rankings
Contenders are closing in fast and the Heat’s bid for a three-peat just might depend on no-risk, big-reward gambles Greg Oden and Michael Beasley to provide fresh legs as much as it does on a guy named LeBron.
Yes, believe it: Derrick Rose (right) is back and barring a setback, better than ever after a full season lost to ACL knee surgery. Tom Thibodeau’s teams always defend, but as goes Rose, so go the Bulls.
Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov is entrusting his $190 million investment to rookie coach Jason Kidd with a team that’s not quite as old as you think — at least Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are both under 30 — and will be better in the playoffs than the regular season.
The Pacers added gritty Luis Scola after getting within a Game 7 of the NBA Finals last spring and are getting Danny Granger back in three weeks. But can Roy Hibbert repeat his springtime performance?
Trading injured Emeka Okafor for dependable Marcin Gortat solves a problem up front and helps a blossoming John Wall-Bradley Beal backcourt get the Wizards back in playoffs for first time since 2008.
6. New York
|Cincinnati||5||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Los Angeles||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Seattle||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Texas||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Colorado||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Arizona||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|LA Lakers||59||3rd Qtr 8:19|
|Minnesota||30||2nd Qtr 4:53|
|Philadelphia||18||1st Qtr 3:43|
|LA Clippers||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||8:00 PM|
|San Jose||6:30 PM|
|Toronto FC||6:00 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|
|(7) Florida State||74||FINAL|
|(3) South Carolina||80|
|Michigan||63||2nd Half 1:16|
|St Marys-CA||4:00 PM|
|(5) Baylor||7:30 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|