As John Schuhmann notes in this week's power rankings, Brook Lopez didn't help himself or his team in their three most recent losses.
"Lopez shot 28 percent and averaged just 4.7 rebounds in the Nets' three losses this week. And he faces Howard again on Saturday," Schuhmann writes in detailing why he dropped the Nets three spots to #24 in this week's rankings.
Marc Stein says basically the same thing on ESPN, noting how Lopez's performance is a real shocker this week: "Even the biggest Nets cynic surely never expected Lopez to shoot 14-for-50 in three games." He drops the Nets one lower than Schuhmann does, to #25.
- Lakers, Celtics not holding anything back in early going - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- Power Rankings: Hornets Enter Top-5 Fray - Marc Stein - ESPN
- NBA Power Rankings, where the Hornets are all the buzz - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
NBA Power Poll: Stingy defense has Hornets surging - The Sporting News