Just when it looked as if Kobe Bryant would finally seize the top spot in the power rankings, the unthinkable happened: another perfect game. Yes, that's right, something that hasn't been done in sports since 1880 happened this past weekend as the season's second perfect game was thrown. So thanks to Roy Halladay's perfect arm, Kobe will once again have to settle for second-best on our list. Yet if this were your list, would Kobe's spectacular performance in Game 6 (which left every Suns fan uttering "You've got to be kidding me" at least once) be awarded the No. 1 spot? And where would you place Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti (No. 3), Coca-Cola 600 champ Kurt Busch (No. 13) and UFC 114 winner Rashad Evans (No. 15)? Sound off below.
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2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 6
Rank (LW) Player Comment 1 (NR) Roy Halladay
He joins the "27 up and 27 down" club by throwing the 20th perfect game in MLB history. 2 (4) Kobe Bryant Double-team him, attack him with a zone, smother him with Grant Hill it won't matter! Kobe puts up 33.7 points per game and shoots 52 percent from the field in Game 6. Breathe, Suns fans, breathe. 3 (NR) Dario Franchitti It was 95 degrees Sunday when Franchitti won his second Indy 500. For once, milk was not a bad choice. 4 (13) Ubaldo Jimenez This guy is unreal! Ten wins and a .78 ERA by the first day of June. Basically unhittable. 5 (8) Ray Allen He got game! The Celtics' pure shooter continues to nail big shots when they need him to. 6 (NR) Ron Artest Hitting the game winner in Game 5? Shooting 57 percent from the 3-point line in Game 6? Who is this guy?! 7 (6) Rajon Rondo Rajon might have injured his back, but he refused to back off. The Boston PG scored 14 points despite suffering an injury in the first quarter of Game 6. 8 (14) Paul Pierce Pierce exploded for 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics in Game 6 against Orlando. The Magic clearly couldn't handle The Truth. 9 (2) Antti Niemi After a shaky performance in Game 1, the Blackhawks' star goalie picks up where he left off in the San Jose series and stops 33 shots on goal. 10 (12) Pau Gasol Gasol shoots 50 percent from the field and puts up 21 points in Game 5 against the Suns. 11 (NR) Nate Robinson He might be only 5-foot-8 but he came up huge in Game 6. Thirteen points in the second quarter? The Celtics will take it! 12 (NR) Miguel Cabrera He leads the AL in RBIs and went 4-for-5 with a home run Sunday against the A's. 13 (20) Kurt Busch Winner, winner, chicken dinner again. Kyle's brother crosses the finish line first at the Coca-Cola 600 and lands at No. 13. 14 (NR) Kevin Garnett Celtic No. 5 to land on our list. Clearly, they're doing something right. 15 (NR) Rashad Evans He defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on Saturday and now gets a shot against UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Fight on! 16 (NR) Robinson Cano The New York slugger hit cleanup Friday and cleaned out the bases with a grand salami against the Indians. 17 (NR) Danny Briere In Game 1, he added a goal and three assists to his already impressive playoff résumé that includes 22 points. Unfortunately for the Flyers, point No. 23 would not come in Game 2. 18 (NR) Garrett Wittels Fifty-four down, four to go! With his 54th straight game with a hit, the Florida International infielder continues to follow in Robin Ventura's footsteps. 19 (NR) Justin Morneau Joe Mauer isn't the only talented "JM" in Twins town. Justin Morneau continues to flourish, leading the AL in batting average, slugging, OPS and OBP. 20 (1) Michael Leighton Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Our No. 1 last week barely makes the cut, thanks to his 24 saves in Game 2.
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