Marc Stein, ESPN-12
The Sixers sank all the way to 18-30 last season before rising to seventh in the East. The surge started much earlier this time -- Philly is 10-3 since its 13-20 start -- for you Brotherly Love types looking for silver linings.
The Sixers looked like they were cruising to their third straight win Saturday before missing their last 18 shots of the game against the Nets. Getting the offense going again may be tough against the Celtics on Tuesday.
The power rankings are a little more down to earth this week.