13. Boston Celtics

Record: 4 - 4
Last Week's Rank: 12
Last Week's Results: W vs. Washington, 100-92 (Mon); W vs. New Jersey, 89-70 (Wed); L vs. Indiana, 74-87 (Fri)
This Week: vs. Dallas, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Chicago, Friday (1/13); @ Indiana, Saturday (1/14)

After their three-game losing streak to start the season, the Celtics reeled off four straight against the dregs of the L (a.k.a Detroit, Washington x 2, and New Jersey), before getting handled at home by the Pacers. Among the Big 3 plus Rondo, Ray Allen is cooking, while KG, Pierce, Rondo are still figuring out their way around the kitchen (Pierce shot 3-17 in the loss to Indiana). Boston is in the midst of a strange five-day break in the season, and with a home-heavy beginning of the year, they've got to warm up quick, because the schedule gets brutal later, including a two-week road trip in March. —Jack Erwin