PER Diem: Dec. 18, 2008

How are the C's still No. 2 in the Power Rankings? Two reasons: scoring margin and weight of infrequent events.

Updated: December 18, 2008, 2:47 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

"How can the Celtics be only No. 2 in the Power Rankings? After all, Cleveland has lost twice as many games as Boston, and the Celtics won when the two played head-to-head on opening night, and Cleveland has played a slightly weaker schedule."

E-mails with this question started out as a trickle to my in-box and have steadily picked up in pace with each successive Boston win.

What it comes down to, basically, is scoring margin and how we weight infrequent events. Let's ...

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