PBT Extra: Why Cavaliers slide, Rockets climb in power rankings

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As they do every Monday, the ProBasketballTalk Power Rankings hit the street (well… the Internet street), and there were a few changes Jenna Corrado wanted to ask me about.

For one, the Cavaliers have lost three straight, so they slid down to fifth. Is that cause for concern? LeBron James has been concerned enough to call team meetings and discuss focus, energy, and defense. But once they get Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert back, a lot of those problems go away.

The Rockets have played better of late. They are 4-1 in their last five games, which has been all about an improved offense — the Rockets are scoring 7.7 points per 100 than their season average in this stretch. And expect it to continue for a little while as Houston’s next six games are against teams below .500. However, after that we will see if this is a mirage or if the Rockets have turned a corner.