PBT Extra, power rankings edition: Is Miami second best in East?

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On Monday, this week’s edition of PBT’s NBA power rankings hit the streets, and in today’s PBT Extra Jenna Corrado has a couple questions about them.

For one, is No. 6 Miami the second best team in the East? I think they have been so far, although the question is can they sustain it.

Second, is No. 26 too low for the Houston Rockets, should we back away from the panic button. If the panic button means firing Kevin McHale then yes, it is too early. But make no mistake, this team is terrible right now and deserves that ranking — and in a short segment like PBT Extra I don’t have time to get into all their problems. They have the second-worst defense in the NBA, they are not putting out consistent effort, both James Harden and Ty Lawson have looked slow and performed way below expectations, and Dwight Howard has not been much of a force in the paint. Just watch them play, and you see body language that suggests there is something very wrong with that team right now.