Hollinger's Insider Gems: Dec. 4, 2008

Five observations as we head into Thursday night's games.

Updated: December 4, 2008, 2:38 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

1. There's much ado in the Power Rankings, because we have a changing of the guard at the top. The Lakers, for all their early-season dominance, have slipped to No. 2 behind an increasingly impressive Cleveland squad.