One loss can hurt you in the power rankings. Chris Sheridan posted his before the Nets' 21-point loss to the Raptors and had the Nets at #20. Anyone who posted after that game had them lower. But still everyone, starting with Sheridan, had the Nets ranked above their soon-to-be New York rivals, the Knicks.
As John Schuhmann wrote, "The Nets had turned the corner with a 4-2 stretch, and Deron Williams finally looked like the star point guard they traded for with a ridiculous performance in Philadelphia on Wednesday. But somehow, they were satisfied with a two-game winning streak."
Schuhmann and Marc Stein of ESPN have the Nets at #22; Kurt Helin of NBC Sports and Tom Ziller of SB Nation have them at #23.
- Power Rankings: Heat back on top after big win - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- Power Rankings: Miami Heat bounce Bulls at No. 1 - Marc Stein - ESPN
- NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
- Chris Sheridan's weekly Sunday power rankings - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
NBA Power Rankings: Thunder Lead With Heat, Bulls And Clippers Chasing Close - Tom Ziller - SB Nation