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Rodney Dangerfield, for those too young to know his work, was a comedian whose shtick was a hang-dog face and a punch line, "I get no respect." The Nets are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Power Rankings. Despite being the hottest team in the NBA, with a 9-1 record over the last 10 games, including wins over division leading Thunder (in OKC), Pacers and Knicks (at the Garden), they barely make the top 10 and in all but one, they remain below Indiana and New York.
Most of the rankings came out Monday, before the Nets' win at the Garden, but the most recent one, Yahoo! Sports by Marc J. Spears, still has the Knicks ahead of them. (For the record, the Knicks are 4-6 over the last 10). Spears in fact has the Knicks at No. 6 and the Nets at No. 9! The one exception, CBS Sports by Matt Moore. Moore has them at No. 5, above the two teams they beat in recent days.
Here are your weekly summaries. Spears was published Tuesday. All others before the Knicks game, when the Nets were a mere 8-2.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com, (9)
The Nets are 10-2 under P.J. Carlesimo and could be 11-1 if they bothered to get back in transition Wednesday in Atlanta, when the Hawks scored 29 fast-break points. Brooklyn's next eight games could be season-defining. This week brings four road games, including trips to New York, Memphis and Houston. Then it's a four-game homestand, with visits from the Heat, Bulls and Lakers.
Marc Stein, ESPN (9)
Buckle up. The toughest schedule stretch of the P.J. Carlesimo era starts with Monday's holiday visit to MSG and continues with stops in Minnesota, Memphis and Houston before our next batch of rankings ... with a homestand soon after that including visits from the Heat, Bulls and Lakers.
Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports (9)
The Nets are the NBA’s best team in 2013 with a 9-1 January record. Center Brook Lopez is making an All-Star push by averaging 7.3 rebounds and 19.4 points on 53.3 percent shooting in January.
Matt Moore, CBS Sports (5)
Surprise! P.J. Carlesimo is a great coach again.
Seth Rosenthal, SB Nation (10)
Brooklyn's momentum is about to collide with a tough schedule to close January: four of six games on the road, four of six games against teams currently .500 or better. They've been very sharp since P.J. Carlesimo took over, and cruising into February would cut some of the remaining doubt.
Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (10)
They are 8-2 in their last 10 games and it’s all about their offense jumping to a best in the NBA 109.4 points per 100 possessions in that time. They are pushing for Brook Lopez to make the All-Star team, but I would take the other starting center in the New York area.
Adi Joseph, USA Today (8)
P.J. Carlesimo is 9-2 as interim coach, and no one wants to strangle him yet.
Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated (10)
Somewhere, Mikhail Prokhorov is laughing it up on a jet ski. The Nets are 9-2 under P.J. Carlesimo, but that's not necessarily because the coach is getting more out of Deron Williams. Instead, he's squeezing the pulp out of Brook Lopez, who has reminded us just how good he can be when he's healthy. Since Carlesimo took over, Lopez has averaged 20.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Lopez is playing like a potential reserve candidate for next month's All-Star Game in Houston.
Mitch Lawrence, New York Daily News (13)
As well as they've been doing under P.J. Carlesimo, the Nets need to raise their level of play against the top teams. They're 15-0 vs. teams with losing records and only 8-16 versus teams with winning records.