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Lakers lead Power Rankings. How?

Top of Power Rankings standings are all bunched up (PER Diem: Feb. 2, 2011)

Updated: February 2, 2011, 1:13 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
LakersGary A. Vasquez/US PresswireDespite the fact they have dropped two of their past three, the Lakers are leading the power rankings.

The Lakers' recent play has caused such consternation that both fans and management are openly pondering trades while lamenting whatever it is that's different about this season's team. Whether it's that Kobe Bryant is hogging the ball too much, or Pau Gasol isn't being assertive enough, or Ron Artest isn't playing enough D, everybody has an opinion about what's ailing the champs.

Subjectively, it feels like they're doing quite badly. LA lost back-to-back home games to the Kings and Celtics, and the Lakers have as many home losses as they did all of last season. They've been blown out in their own building by mid-tier teams like the Bucks and Grizzlies. They've had losing streaks of four games and three games, which may not sound like much but is long as skids get around these parts.