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NBA power rankings 2012: Celtics hover around top 10

A look at where the Boston Celtics are ranked in the power ranking polls.

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The Boston Celtics are hovering around the top 10 in the majority of power ranking polls entering the fourth week of the season.

Boston managed to defeat the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz last week, but also fell to the Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons. Currently sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, the Celtics are 2.5 games back of the New York Knicks for first place.

At SB Nation, curator Seth Rosenthal has Boston ranked as the No. 11 overall team in the NBA, which is two spots lower than their ranking last week. Rosenthal doesn't think the Celtics' sloppy start to the season is a sign of a downward swing, but rather that upcoming meetings with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will accurately display the quality of the team.

Boston is ranked as the No. 10 overall team in the rankings at ESPN.com and NBA.com. ESPN curator Marc Stein moved the team up one position from last week and mentioned the stellar play of Rajon Rondo. NBA.com writer John Schuhmann kept the Celtics in the same position as last week and discussed the team's disjointed defensive play against Detroit.