It seems the Nets get no style points or jumps in Power Rankings from their win over the lowly (and injured) Bucks. The two brutal losses that defined last week, especially the embarrassing loss to the Knicks, have mired the Nets deep in the 20's, with no one ranking them above No. 25 and most of the pundits putting one or two places lower.
Matt Moore of CBS Sports, puts them all the way down at No. 29. Thank the basketball gods for the Jazz.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com (26)
Pace: 93.7 (28), OffRtg: 99.8 (22), DefRtg: 107.9 (29), NetRtg: -8.1 (28)
Injuries have been the Nets' biggest issue, but Jason Kidd's inexperience has certainly been one of the others. That Brooklyn went so long without running any pick-and-rolls against the Knicks' defense was rather absurd. Deron Williams' return on Tuesday will generate some offense, but 3-point defense has become a bigger issue of late and given how slow this team is, it might be hard to improve.
Marc Stein, ESPN (25)
One of the main attractions in hiring Jason Kidd as a rookie coach was the notion he could get the best out of franchise PG Deron Williams. The hole that the Nets have dug early means that has to start immediately once D-Will (PER of 13.2 when he has played) returns from injury this week.
Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports (26)
Brooklyn Nets (6-14; last week's ranking: 27): Kevin Garnett will face the Celtics on Tuesday for the first time in the regular season since his offseason trade. Paul Pierce will miss the game with a broken hand. Their first game in Boston is Jan. 26.
Jason Patt, SB Nation (26)
The Nets hit rock bottom during their embarrassing loss to the Knicks at the Barclays Center on Thursday night. The injury-riddled and woefully underachieving Nets were booed repeatedly throughout the second half as first-year head coach Jason Kidd sat helplessly on the sideline. At least Deron Williams will be back soon!
Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated (25)
Brooklyn is hearing boos at home, where it is 2-6 and has suffered back-to-back lopsided losses to the Nuggets and Knicks. Things could be interesting as the Nets play 10 of their next 15 games at the Barclays Center, but as long as Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko are in street clothes, wins won't come easy.
Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (27)
No, Jason Kidd is not in immanent danger of losing his job, Nets management want to see what he can do with a healthy roster. With Paul Pierce and Deron Williams do back this week, Kidd will have to start producing some wins (and he needs to turn that defense around, which may be the hardest part).
Matt Moore, CBS Sports (29)
The win over the Bucks is the definition of a dead-cat bounce, right? Either that or they finally hit rock bottom and can climb out.
Jimmy Spencer, FOX Sports (26)
It's getting even uglier in Brooklyn. Paul Pierce’s broken hand is a small issue when compared to the atrocity that is the coaching staff. Jason Kidd is failing in his first steps as a head coach (purposely spilling water, really?).
Mitch Lawrence, New York Daily News (28)
We've found out where those Lawrence Frank reports will go when he sends them to Jason Kidd. Right into the circular file.